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Salvation–God Removes All Doubt

Before going on to Acts 11, I think I should consider Peter’s speech before Cornelius and his household and friends to highlight a few things that he mentions. We shall begin in Acts 10:34 and continue to the end of the chapter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in circumcision, salvation

 

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Am I a Stepping Stone or a Stumbling Block?

In Romans 14 and part of 15 Paul is intent on telling us that we shouldn’t be critical of one another, but to become as Christ. He didn’t come to please himself, but for the very purpose of suffering under the insults of those who seem to be against God. If I am living my Christian life in such a way that I am an impediment to another’s progress in Christ, I have become a stumbling block to my brother. It is not what I know that really counts with God, but whether or not I am willing to be walked on, if necessary, for the sake of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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Taboo or not Taboo!

Sometimes it is difficult for many Christians to stay out of the realm of God—that is to keep from assuming responsibility that is his alone. We often tend to judge our brethren for doing or believing what we don’t, or, if our brethren judge us for the freedom we embrace in Christ, we tend to roll our eyes, despising them for doing so. Paul shows us in Romans 14 that these are merely two faces on the same coin. It is a game we have learned to play only too well.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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How Can ALL Things Work Together for Good?

Paul tells us in Romans 8:28 that “all things work together for good…” but how can they? How can death, accidents, personal failures and other unwanted predicaments work for my good? Fritz Rindenour uses an entire chapter in his book “How to be a Christian Without Being Religious” to respond to this very question. In it he claims that Christians love to quote this verse to other people, but how many of us are really willing to consider it or believe it works for us? Few of us really put this verse to a personal test, or better, allow ourselves to be tested by it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Religion

 

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How Do I Get Out of this Mess?

We left Romans chapter six saying that we are set apart for God’s use, and we belong to the choice we make. The problem often is, however, I keep making all the wrong choices. So where does that leave me? Well, Paul talks about this in chapter 7. I may begin the day feeling pretty good with the best of intentions, but then I hit a snag. I try not to let it bother me, but as sure as God made little green apples I blow it again …and again. If I am a Christian, why can’t I lick this thing? How do I get out of this mess I got myself into? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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Whose Slave are You?

Now there’s a question that modern man balks at. Most Christians find it difficult to deal with as well. “What? Slave? I’m not a slave to anyone—my faith sets me free!” Well, this is true in a sense. As a Christian I am free from the penalty of sin and from its guilt, but what about the power of sin? I probably have more trouble with sin, now that I am a Christian than before I received Jesus. Why? Because before I knew Christ, I wasn’t concerned with sin at all. Nevertheless, afterward sinning became a very prominent problem, or perhaps a better word would be focus, because, before Christ, I simply wasn’t aware of the problem—or didn’t care. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2010 in Gospel, Religion

 

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If I Could Only Choose…

Romans 5:12 and following has everything to do with responsibility. Who is responsible for death? Who is responsible for life? Paul tells us that death entered our race through Adam our first parent, i.e. the father of our race. He rebelled against God and took with him all that would come after him. You may wonder if this is fair, but we never wonder about the fairness of where we were born, what school we attended or even that we were born at all. These decisions were made for us by our parents, but who among us would accuse them of wrongdoing, simply because they brought us into the world and in a certain city and had us attend a particular school? Even the choice of religion or lack thereof was made for us. We may be able to express our choices now, but not when we were very young or before we were born. Yet, even the choices we make today are affected by the choices that were made for us a long time ago. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2010 in Gospel, Religion

 

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