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Why It’s Wrong To Keep Truth And Grace In Balance

We want to be balanced people. It is considered a good thing to have a balanced diet or to keep a healthy balance between work and pleasure. But sometimes, balance is a bad thing. For example, finding a balance between fidelity and infidelity in marriage – or between honesty and dishonesty – doesn’t make any […]

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Are We Saved by Grace, Faith, or Works?

“We are saved only by grace.” “I believe in faith-only salvation.” “You cannot work your way into heaven.” “Obedience doesn’t save – Jesus saves.” We’ve all heard blanket statements like these. While they may be partially true, left alone they are dangerously misleading. Grace, faith, works of obedience, baptism – all of these things play a […]

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What It Means To Be Free In Christ

“Jesus has set me free. Therefore, I don’t have to worry about getting everything right,” said one Christian. “Yes,” another chimed in. “Trying to follow every command in the Bible would make you a legalist, when Jesus specifically freed you from the Law.” Is this what the Bible teaches? After all, Jesus said: And Paul […]

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What Must I Do To Stay Saved?

I know some who live in constant fear of being lost. They are keenly aware of their flaws and failures, and believe their soul is continually in jeopardy. Deep down they feel they are safe only immediately after they have prayed to God, “Please forgive me of my sins.” I am sure a few even […]

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Five Things It’s the most important question you can ever ask. Yet if you ask ten different churches, you’ll get ten different answers. But what does the Bible say? We cannot afford to get this one wrong. 5 Things God Wants You To Know 1. You need a Savior. Everyone – from the best to […]

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How To Determine If Something Is A Salvation Issue

The question about whether something is a “salvation issue” gets thrown around occasionally among some circles. “Is using instrumental music in worship is a salvation issue?” “Is what you wear to worship a salvation issue?” “Is church attendance a salvation issue?” Used this way, the phrase “salvation issue” (never found in Scripture) is employed to […]

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Book Review – Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed

Many today are attracted to reformed theology – that is, theology that follows the traditions and practices of John Calvin and other protestant theologians during the Reformation era. Today, the major players in reformed theological circles include names like John MacArthur, D.A. Carson, R.C. Sproul, John Piper, J.I. Packer, Albert Mohler, and Mark Dever, to […]

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More Jesus, Less Doctrine = Less Jesus

It is not unusual, during a Biblical discussion about some peripheral issue (dressing for worship, modesty, the role of women in worship, denominationalism, etc.), for someone to raise his/her hand in frustration and remark, “Can’t we talk more about Jesus, and less about doctrine?” At face value, it is hard to disagree with this sentiment. […]

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Are You Overconfident In Your Righteousness?

The attitude that says, “I will never sin” is negligent. “I will never lust.” “I will never lie.” “I will never shame my Lord.” “I will never be a coward.” “I will never gossip.” “I will never cheat.” Paul warns of this overconfident spirit when he writes, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands […]

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Your Lord Can Sympathize With You

We often feel particularly alone during times of pain and suffering. While counseling someone dealing with emotional pain or the loss of a loved one, I sometimes hear, “But people don’t understand what I am going through!” Knowing someone understands us – knowing someone has been there – can be a source of great comfort. But […]

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Thinking About Leaving Your Church? Not So Fast

Sam & Jennifer Johnson just returned from their 2-year anniversary trip. While traveling, they attended a congregation that had a great preacher. His sermons were passionate, dynamic, and interesting. When they returned to their home congregation, they noticed just how dull their own preacher really is. Now in his late sixties, his sermons are predictable, […]

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“Do You Think You’re The Only Ones Going To Heaven?” (The Defense Series)

[Welcome to The Defense Series. The aim of this series is to help Christians more effectively “make a defense” (1 Pet. 3:15) to those who challenge the teachings and values of New Testament Christianity. Don’t be fooled by the title; this article is a rebuttal to the above quote. My prayer is that the following words will help and embolden you as […]

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