Creation & Salvation

fullsizeoutput_917I learned recently about some of the parallels of how God freely created all things ex nihilo (from nothing or out of nothing), and how that parallels with salvation in Christ. I never thought these two paralleled until now.

Salvation on the ground level could be described as the announcement of the gospel through which the Holy Spirit births faith in one or more individuals in Christ Jesus.[1] In the words of the Apostle Paul, salvation brings about a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), or as Jesus said, “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (Jn. 3:3).

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How Should I Pray for Others?

coffeeHave you ever wondered how you can pray for the people you love? In this amazing prayer, Paul continues to remind the Colossians that he himself is praying for them with heartfelt consistency (1:3; 1:9). But he doesn’t just tell them he is praying for them; he explains what he is asking God to do for them:

  • To be filled with all the knowledge of God’s will (1:9-10).
  • To be strengthened with all the power of God’s might (1:11-14).

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What is Love?

What is Love?INTRODUCTION – What is love? In a world that throws the word love around, how do we find out what love really is? First, we have to understand that we cannot look to the world to discover our definition of what love is, we have to look to the Scriptures. According to the Scriptures love is not something that we intrinsically have, but it is something that must be given to us. Many unbelievers tell people that they love another person, but according to Scripture, they can’t functionally do that (so we shouldn’t expect unbelievers to really love us). That may sound harsh, but I really think that is what Scripture teaches. Let me try and prove my case. In 1 John it says that if someone does not love they do not know God. This implies that in order to love, someone has to know God. Why? Because only by receiving real love is it possible to give real love. It’s as simple as the fact that if you do not have a glass of water, you will not be able to give someone else a glass of water. In 1 John 4:7-11 we see at least two things about love. We see God’s love for us, and how it operates, and then we see our love for one another, and how it should operate. So let’s take a look.

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The Character of King David (Part 2)

King DavidWhat is character? Does character really even matter? I would say yes, on the basis of 2 Peter 1:5-8 which tells us to “make every effort” in our character qualities. According to The Dictionary of Bible Themes, character is defined as “The moral and mental features that define a person, whether good or evil.” In other words, the character of a person is the heart (moral) and mind (mental) of a person. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, and the heart speaks what the mind has thought upon, which then reveals your character. The words a person speaks are the pathway into the heart and mind of a person. That is why after many conversations with a person, you feel like you know what they are like, you see their heart and mind, you see their character. So character is important in the Christian life, but how is character formed? Continue reading “The Character of King David (Part 2)”

Is Judging Someone Right or Wrong?

Judgement
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

Judgment is not understood well by the Church today due a variety of reasons. Because of this, I would like to write a very short post that will help Christians to understand the basics of Jesus’ teaching of judgment towards people. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was arguably the greatest sermon ever given, and judgment is one of the topics of it. So how is the church to understand the topic of judgment towards people? Continue reading “Is Judging Someone Right or Wrong?”

The Character of King David (Part 1)

King DavidOne of the most popular biblical characters is King David. But who was David really? Many know if asked that he was one of the great Kings of Israel, he was the man who conquered Goliath, the father of King Solomon, the wisest one to walk this earth (aside from Jesus), but perhaps the greatest thing said of David in the Bible is when God says, “I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:22). To have this said of David deserves great study, because as Christians, our greatest desire is to be found as people who are after the heart of God, who make it our aim to please him (2 Cor. 5:9). So what is it about David’s character that made him a man after God’s heart? I’d like to propose four qualities of David that I find to be primary (among others), but here are four that gave shape to the Character of the man after God’s own heart: Continue reading “The Character of King David (Part 1)”