Tag Archives: Salvation

If You Aren’t Fishing, Then You Aren’t Following

How many of you have ever gone fishing? As Christians, Jesus calls us to be fishers of men. As I read the Bible, especially the Book of Acts, it is clear to me that God desires His Church would grow. His … Continue reading

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The Door to Heaven is Narrow (Luke 13:22-30)

This is a message that will tell you how you can go to heaven when you die. There are two doors after death: destruction or delight, and we choose which door we will pass through while we are alive; either … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Blind Beggar (Luke 18:35-43)

None of us have ever seen Jesus with our physical eyes and we are blind until we come to Him, but Jesus is able to hear your cry from the roar of the crowd. He is listening for your voice, … Continue reading

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What Makes Heaven Rejoice? Part 2 (Luke 15:1-10)

Luke 15 contains three parables about lost items. In each story, extreme measures are taken to seek the lost; when each is found, there is great rejoicing. These stories are pictures of how God seeks us and the joy heaven … Continue reading

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What Makes Heaven Rejoice? Part 1 (Luke 15:1-10)

Luke 15 may be one of the greatest chapters in the entire Bible. It contains three parables about things that were lost and then found. These stories are pictures of how God seeks us and the joy heaven experiences when … Continue reading

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The Truth about God: Part 3 (Luke 20:9-19)

What is God really like? Jesus tells a parable in Luke 20:9-19, which reveals four foundational aspects of the nature of God. In Part 1, we saw God is good. In Part 2, we saw God is patient and loving. … Continue reading

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The Truth about God: Part 2 (Luke 20:9-19)

What is God really like? Jesus tells a parable in Luke 20:9-19, which reveals four foundational aspects of the nature of God. In Part 1, we saw God is good. Now, we will consider two more truths about God we … Continue reading

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Jesus, the Unwelcomed Lover (Luke 13:31-35)

Have you ever had your love rejected? It hurts when someone rejects your love, whether you are 13, 23, or 73 years old. Oh, the pain of rejected love! In today’s passage, I want you to see how Jesus’ love … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why People Doubt Their Salvation

I am confident of this: that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). The Bible teaches not only does Jesus save us, but He keeps … Continue reading

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Dynamic Faith (James 2:20–26)

In our previous study, we learned there are three kinds of faith, only one of which is true saving faith. Today, we will take a closer look at this saving faith. Dynamic Faith (James 2:20–26) You foolish person, do you … Continue reading

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Learning How to Count: Part 2 (Philippians 3:1-11)

In Part 1, we saw the “things” Paul was living for before he knew Christ neither satisfied him nor gave him acceptance with God. He had to lose his “religion” to find salvation. He explains in this section there are only … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of Christian Living (Philippians 2:12–18)

“Few things are harder to put up with,” wrote Mark Twain, “than the annoyance of a good example.” Perhaps the thing most annoying about a good example is its inability to accomplish the same achievements in our own lives. Admiration … Continue reading

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True Christian Fellowship: Part 1 (Philippians 1:1–11)

“How about coming over to the house for some fellowship?” “What a golf game! Man, did we have great fellowship!” “The fellowship at the retreat was just terrific!” That word “fellowship” seems to mean many things to many different people. … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of Election

My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, … Continue reading

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What Do You Know For Sure? (1 John 5:6–21)

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin wrote those words in 1789. Of course, a wise man like Franklin knew many other things are also certain. The Christian knows there are many certainties. Of spiritual truth, Christians are … Continue reading

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Walking and Talking (1 John 1:5-2:6)

The life that is real has an enemy and we read about it in 1 John 1:5-2:6.  This enemy is sin.  Nine times in these verses John mentions sin, so the subject is obviously important.  John illustrates his theme by … Continue reading

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3 Vital Facts about Life that is Real (1 John 1:1-4)

“Once upon a time …”  Remember how exciting those words used to be?  They were the open door into an exciting world of make-believe, a dream world that helped you forget all the problems of childhood.  Then—pow!  You turned a … Continue reading

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Sharing Life that is Real (1 John)

Once we have experienced the exciting life in Christ that is real, we will want to share it with other people, just as the Apostle John wanted to “declare” it to all his readers in the first century.  Many people … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Leper (Luke 17:11-17)

The Bible never promises our lives will be free from pain and difficulties, instead the Bible promises we will have many trials and tribulations in this life.  The secret to a successful life is knowing where to turn for help … Continue reading

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What Happens When I Die?

There is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death. The existence of life after death is a universal question. Job asked God, “If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:14). Like Job, all of us … Continue reading

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Question for Pastor Joe: “As I debate Christian theology with my Muslim friends, the issue of the cross and the atonement always seems to be a sticking point.  From their perspective they ask, ‘Why can’t Allah just unilaterally forgive my … Continue reading

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God’s Grace

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is no small wonder these two … Continue reading

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Assurance of Salvation

“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 24). It would be a terrible thing for children (or adults!) to wonder how they … Continue reading

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Adoption in God’s Family

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption…” (Romans 8:15). Whereas Jesus speaks of our being born into the family of God (John … Continue reading

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