“Do You Think You Are Saved?” December 7

 

Do You Think You Are Saved? #salvation #Christianity #eternalsecurity #assurance of salvation“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” (Matthew 7.21-23, NLT).

Strong words! What did Jesus mean? How can we know that we won’t hear those terrible words, “I never knew you”?  Continue reading

“Handwriting on the Wall: The Party’s Over!” December 1

 

Handwriting on the Wall: The Party's Over! - Can you imagine the scene at the company Christmas party if a disjointed man’s hand suddenly appeared and began to write on the wall? That was the scene at Belshazzar’s bash! God was letting him know "the party's over"! What does that mean for our nation and the culture we live in? God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13.8). God has been patient and merciful to us, but He will judge our nation as a whole. In fact, the free fall in morality probably means that judgment is well underway (Rom. 1.18-32). And on an individual basis, that judgment will happen, as well. Each of us will stand before one of two judgments (2 Cor. 5.10; Rev, 20.11) and give an account. The biggest questions will be: How did we respond to the gospel and was Jesus truly Lord of our lives? Our New Testament reading warns us of judgment against false teachers whose biggest lies have to do with Jesus, especially about who He is. Cults, false religions and false teachers always deny His deity, His virgin birth, His eternal nature, His Lordship, or some other characteristic of His nature. Peter also warns us against believing and following false teachers.Handwriting on the wall: Can you imagine the scene at the company Christmas party if a disjointed man’s hand suddenly appeared and began to write on the wall? That was the scene at Belshazzar’s bash! God was letting him know “the party’s over”!

What does that mean for our nation and the culture we live in?

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13.8). God has been patient and merciful to us, but He will judge our nation as a whole. In fact, the free fall in morality probably means that judgment is well underway (Rom. 1.18-32).

And on an individual basis, that judgment will happen, as well. Each of us will stand before one of two judgments (2 Cor. 5.10; Rev, 20.11) and give an account. The biggest questions will be: How did we respond to the gospel and was Jesus truly Lord of our lives?

Our New Testament reading warns us of judgment against false teachers whose biggest lies have to do with Jesus, especially about who He is. Cults, false religions, and false teachers always deny His deity, His virgin birth, His eternal nature, His Lordship, or some other characteristic of His nature.

Peter also warns us against believing and following false teachers.

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed” (2 Pet. 2.1-2).

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“Are People Getting Away with Murder?” November 7

 

Are People Getting Away with Murder? - Abuse, rejection, abandonment, criticism … when we're the victim of such things, we often wonder "Why doesn't God deal with that?" Why do evil people seem to get away with murder? Add to that, events like what happened in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday and recently in Las Vegas and it's tempting to wonder, "Where is God?" Abuse, rejection, abandonment, criticism … when we’re the victim of such things, we often wonder “Why doesn’t God deal with that?” Why do evil people seem to get away with murder?

Add to that, events like what happened in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday and recently in Las Vegas and it’s tempting to wonder, “Where is God?”  Continue reading