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You Have A Purpose

Why are you here? What is your destiny? What is God’s purpose? These are questions that have been around for ages. When we read the first chapter of Ephesians more questions arise. Why has God blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places? Why has God chosen us to be holy and blameless? Why has God predestined us for adoption? Ephesians 1:6 contains the ultimate reason. God did these things “to the praise of his glorious grace.” God did…

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Appeasement Is Not Grace

There is a theological doctrine that I have been thinking about and studying for many years: the concept of appeasement. Often it is declared that the sacrifice of Jesus appeased the wrath of God. Many commentaries use the language of appeasement at various places in the scriptures. I will use a variety of John Calvin's statements in his commentary on the scriptures. "When, therefore, he says, that victory has been given to us, you are to understand by this in…

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Where Did All of the Denominations Come From? The Catholic Schism

It is really not an overstatement nor an understatement to say that Catholicism (the Eastern and Western versions) was on its way to overtaking all of true Christianity by 800. All of the remaining digressive churches from the Iberian Peninsula in the west out to Persia in the east, and up to what would become Germany had by the twelfth century ceded their authority either to Rome or in part to Constantinople. And the imperial popes of Rome were assuming…

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You Are Predestined

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:4–6 ESV) Predestined The word “predestined” means what it sounds like — “to decide beforehand, mark out beforehand, to determine beforehand.” God decided in advance. We noted in our last lesson that God chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world. Before…

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You Are Chosen

The doctrine of election is a controversial point that is often misunderstood. The scriptures plainly teach that we are chosen in Christ, the elect of God. The difficulty comes in explaining how this is the case. Some will deny the election of God altogether to maintain their particular doctrine and beliefs. Others will take election beyond how the scripture describe. Our analysis for this study will be in Ephesians 1:3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus…

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Logic and Analysis from Dead Scholars

 There is a well-accepted theory around today that the book of Revelation appeared right at the close of the first century. The theory is not as new as some folks may think because it actually dates back to the late second century. And as with many things, it seems to me that we would do well to recall what the writer of Ecclesiastes said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  In general, rather than paying attention to the signs…

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Some Things Said (October 2013)

1) What the Pope says – Pope Francis wrote the following comments in a letter to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica (as quoted by Newsmax). "You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don't believe and who don't seek the faith," the Pope wrote. "Given — and this is the fundamental thing — that God's mercy has no limits, if He is approached with a sincere and repentant heart, the question for those who do not…

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Strange Fire

John MacArthur has a three day teaching conference, Strange Fire, which concludes today dealing with many of the errors found in the charismatic movement. This conference has fanned the flames of blog writers to argue the merits of either the cessationist view or the continuationist view concerning the Holy Spirit. I will leave the audience to read for themselves the arguments that are being present in this discussion. For me, there is one text that settled this question. What I…

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He Has The Moves

The pastor’s name is Deitrick Haddon, and he is a preacher only in the loosest sense of the word. He is a “gospel” rock performer (what the press on the Left Coast calls a Christian R&B vocalist) and he and his staff put on rock concert “revivals” in and around Los Angeles. At the end of the concert they offer to the attending “pastors and reverends” some “altar time” and use that to send some audience members off onto a…

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You Are Faithful

There is no such thing as an unfaithful Christian. A Christian by definition is someone who is faithful. A person who is not faithful to Christ is by definition not a Christian. We are people who exercise faith in Christ Jesus. We believe in Jesus and have put our life in his hands completely. We trust Jesus no matter what happens to us in life. No matter how much prosperity and pleasure we enjoy or how much pain and suffering…

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