Category Archives: salvation

We all need forgiveness and the freedom to “go and sin no more.”

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Are There Conditions On God’s Grace?

According to the Bible, amazing grace seems to be conditional.  Grace is free, but it’s not unconditional. “God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God . . .” (1 … Continue reading

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Judgement, Guilt, Sorrow, Mercy, Forgiveness

Where there is no judgment; There is no mercy. Where there is no guilt; There is no grace. If you haven’t been judged guilty, There is no forgiveness. Where there is no threat of punishment, there is no justice. Where … Continue reading

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Problems Of Unrestrained Pleasure-Seeking

Watch the TV news and observe a fact: Without self-restraint human nature produces all sorts of evil: meanness, disrespect, bullying, abuse, violence, rage, arrogance, injustice, deceit, self-destruction, vulgarity, hatred, cruelty, fraud. Unrestrained human nature destabilizes society and eventually leads to … Continue reading

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Are We Good People Or Bad People?

Most people think that there are bad people in the world, but almost nobody thinks that they are a bad person.  However, people who are genuinely close to God, are the exceptions.  They seem to readily admit that they are … Continue reading

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Use Words! Talk About Religion! Testify!

Church is not carefully crafted and controlled ceremonies.  It is a symphony of spontaneous, heart-felt testimonies.  It’s not what we’ve planned, learned, and memorized; but what we have seen and heard! Unfortunately, the work of the living God in human … Continue reading

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Good Friday’s Not For Good People

Good people don’t need a Good Friday Savior. They’re okay on their own. Bad people need a Good Friday Savior. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.” If nothing is morally wrong, if … Continue reading

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Without a heart connection, with the living God, life’s adrift on the sea of futility.

Without a heart connection, With the living God, Life’s adrift On the sea Of futility.

Posted in adrift, God calling, God is truly among you, God on the loose, God with us, God's voice, God-shaped vacuum, heart, heart care, heart connection, heart-felt, heart-felt love, relevation, salvation, sea of futility, spirit, Spirit-filled, spiritual, spiritual experience, spiritual formation, spiritual transformation, still small voice, voice of God | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Reason To Wear Red

It’s National Wear Red Day in the USA.  National Wear Read Day was begun by the American Heart Association for a great cause — to help focus people’s attention on the problem of heart disease in women. However, there is … Continue reading

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A New (Emergent and/or Organic) Name For Christianity: Christimacy

These ideas came to my mind during the praise and worship meeting at The Salvation Army Berry Street this morning.  I shared them with the believers gathered there. The one word that most describes the difference between the Old and … Continue reading

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