“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14

Notice that the only grace of God that brings salvation is that grace that teaches us to do something. There is much being taught about grace these days that is not the same grace that brings about salvation. Any type of grace that teaches that a person can be saved, yet live in habitual sin is not the grace of God but the grace of the devil. Any type of grace doctrine that teaches a person can be saved and in Christ but go on sinning and that God cannot see their sin is a grace not of God but of the devil. Any grace doctrine that says that a person can be saved but that they do not need to “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts” and that they do not need to repent of sin and seek God to forgive them is not a grace that is of the Lord, but of the deceiver.

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Hosea

“When the Lord first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the Lord and worshiping other gods.” So Hosea married Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she became pregnant and gave Hosea a son.” Hosea 1:2-3

What a strange thing the Lord had the prophet Hosea do. But this was to illustrate what God’s people had been doing. As they went away from the One true God to serve other idols it was like they were leaving their husband to go and sleep around with many other men.

I couldn’t imagine what it would feel like to have a wife, who you love and have dedicated your life to, to get up and go sell her body for sex with many other men. I could not imagine the anger, rage and sadness I would feel. Yet this must have been how God felt toward his people Israel as they left him to go and worship idols and other false gods.

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A Pure Heart

April 10, 2015 — Leave a comment

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23,24

This is one of the best types of prayers to pray over yourself. It is a searching prayer, an honest prayer allowing the Lord to come and show you how you really are.

When we come to God asking Him to reveal to us any wickedness or sin in our life, it can be a very powerful experience. At the same time it might break us, hurt us and astonish us as to what God begins to show us.

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I recently ministered in a wonderful Church out in Greenville, Tn. On the flight home I sat next to an Orthodox Catholic Priest. He was a very nice and down to earth man. I enjoyed our hour long conversations on the flight from Tn to PA. Although I enjoyed my talk with him, I also was very disturbed by a lot of the beliefs he had when it came to God, salvation and the church.

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The way we view our life, the perspectives we have in life will determine the amount of joy, fulfillment and success we have in life. A good analogy is that of looking at a cup filled half way. Some people will look and see the cup and say it’s half empty. Others will see the cup and say it’s half full. The idea of the analogy is do we focus on the positive things in life or do we always focus and see the negative things in life? I am here to tell you why, if you are a follower of Christ, you shouldn’t view your life as half full or half empty.

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In the book of Galatians, chapter 5, Paul said “you have fallen from grace.” If I were to fall from the top of the stairs, I would have to first be on top of the stairs in order to fall from them. If I was never on top in the first place, I wouldn’t fall, I would just stay where I was before at the bottom. There is such a thing as falling from grace and it is very possible for any believer to quite easily fall from it. Here is what Paul meant by falling from grace.

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There are so many great Christmas songs out there! I like them all, religious and ones about Santa Clause. The ones that talk about Jesus are a whole more meaningful though, since He is the reason we have Christmas in the first place.

I live by the rule that after Thansgiving, up until the new year, Christmas music can and should be played! One solid month is just about right for me.

Hark the Herald Angels is one of my favorite Christmas songs. There is a very interesting background to this classic song.  Continue Reading…

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What role does confession have in receiving the promises of God?

Is it true that our words create our reality? Do they really carry that much power?

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Colombia Crusade

If you are a Christian, you probably know about the great commission by now. It is where Jesus tells all of His followers to go into the world and preach the gospel. He says in Matthew 28 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

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Him Who Justifies the Ungodly

But to one who, not working [by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the standing acceptable to God). (Romans 4:5 AMP)

Have we ever thought of a title for God as, “Him who justifies the ungodly”? How can it be that God justifies the ungodly? Just incase you are not familiar with these terms, let’s define them.  Continue Reading…

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