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Four Different Types of Reconciliation in Paul’s Epistles

Four Different Types of Reconciliation in Paul’s Epistles: Ephesians 2:11-12 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and ...

Deadly Regrets – “If Only?”

“For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: ...

The Lame Take The Prey

Consider these verses in Isaiah 33: 33:21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will ...

The Life Of The Word Of God And The Death Of The Word Of Man Part 1

Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Gen 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to ...

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The Habit Loop

Life Hacks Life Hacks MAIN POINT The choices we make, and habits we form, can bring us to God or further from Him—and determine whether we stay true to the identity He gave us.  Your knowledge is a building measure of your Habits OPEN UP Romans 7:9-10,15-25 The language of Chapter 7:15 through Verse 25 ...

Resolutions or Renew Pt. 3

(from a church email in 2017) Godliness, that is, god-like-ness is the very thing that He is faithfully performing by His words. His words renew our mind, shape our thinking, search our inward parts, and discern the thoughts and intents of our heart; and, as it effectually works, it is to the end of accomplishing ...

You’re Free

Here’s the text to the message I gave last Saturday at the wonderful Florida Regional Grace Conference. If you’re not interesting in reading this rather long(ish) article, you’re welcome to watch the message here. Plus, you can watch all the messages, including 3 by Pastor Richard Jordan, here. We also had Pastor Jordan with us ...

Doug Dodd on Stopping Sin

Below is my all-time favorite article by Pastor Doug Dodd, who graduated to be with the Lord a few years ago. This beautiful piece of writing helped me to realize that, yes, Joel, Paul is telling you in Romans 6 that you’ve literally been freed from the power and bondage of sin. PTL! Some of ...

“For We Know Not What To Pray For As We Ought”

Rom 8:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? Rom 8:25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we ...

Resolutions or Renew Pt. 2

(from a church email written in 2017) Looking at resolutions needs to be put into perspective. Oftentimes, resolutions are good and nothing morally or ethically wrong with them according to the world. In fact, some may think why even talk about resolutions for they are often made privately; therefore, they are hands off, and to ...

Do We Have New Hearts?

I for a long time had questions about our hearts because E.W. Bullinger once repeatedly wrote about “a new heart” in his “Two Natures of the Child of God” booklet. Do we have new hearts? On the one hand, Bullinger would highlight in that booklet the fact that unregenerate man has a “natural heart,” which ...

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Why Trouble?

When trouble comes our way, why? Scripture gives us three reasons. Sin’s touch on creation Sin’s touch on our choices Adversity to godliness   The first reason is due to the fact that we live in a sinful environment. Romans 8:17 says that the “sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared ...

The Counsel of His Will of All Things

The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ appointed the Word heir of all things. All these things are in the bosom of the Father and would be represented by the Word and Wisdom before the earth ever was. Christ, the express image of God’s person, the brightness of His glory, and all the fulness of ...

Resolutions or Renew Pt. 1

(from a church email written in 2017) As the New Year begins to take shape and resolutions begin to be sought after thinking of “godliness” can provide soundness and “power” behind decisions.  The sound doctrine of God’s Word unto godliness will aid in determining the value of a resolution and the value of pursuing them ...

The Meaning and Significance of Enoch

Question: I have a couple of questions concerning Enoch (the seventh from Adam). 1) As Hebrews 11:5 makes clear, Enoch “was translated that he should not see death” – in your understanding, why did God do this with Enoch? My thinking is that it must have something to do with that “old world” the “world ...

Light & Darkness

(reposting from old blog from Dec. 29th, 2011) Being made aware of certain events, details, and other random information is a part of our everyday life. Gaining knowledge and exercising knowledge begins as soon as we wake up in the morning. We do this particularly in specific areas of expertise. In other words, in our ...

Do You Feel Awe?

We had a podcast not too long ago in which awe was the theme, because there was an article that had been published in the Washington Post that asked the question, Do you Feel Awe? I loved this topic so much I did a sermon about this last Sunday. Below are some of the notes. ...

Paul’s Ensample To Suffering For Christ’s Sake Part 2

2Co 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure ...

That Fantastic Question About Elijah

When Peter, James, and John witnessed the transfiguration of the Lord (Matt. 17:1-8), they also saw Moses and Elijah. A question occurred to them. A fantastic question, in fact. Consider this. After the transfiguration, we read in Mat. 17:10, And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? ...

Paul’s Ensample To Suffering For Christ’s Sake Part 1

1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ ...

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