A Reason To Give

“From Romans to Revelation, there is no passage that instructs Christians to give a required 10 percent. In fact, we find the opposite—under God’s new way, there’s no minimum and no maximum. It’s entirely up to us: ‘Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ (2 Cor. 9:7) So why give? Three good reasons for giving are discussed in the New Testament. First we’re told to give when there’s a need (2 Cor. 8:12). … [Read more...]

God’s great success

“God did something in the past and fully met the law’s requirements. He sent his Son to be a sin offering so he could condemn sin. Did God succeed? Of course. When did he succeed? Nearly two thousand years ago. So is God still trying to fulfill the law today? No, he has fulfilled it already. It’s a past event. Notice that God did this so that the law would be fully met in us, not by us. When we come to Christ, all that he did to fulfill the law is placed in us and credited to us. This makes our r … [Read more...]

God’s new way of grace

“But what did Jesus do with our sins? He took them away forever (John 1:29; Heb. 10:14). That’s why the Spirit of God will never leave us. Bam! That’s the simple, logical, and liberating difference of God’s new way of grace—permanent relationship, permanent indwelling by God’s Spirit, no matter what. Yes, even when we commit sins, he remembers them no more (Heb. 8:12). Even when we are utterly disobedient, he remains faithful. The Holy Spirit is sealed within us, forever, and he will never leave … [Read more...]

Surrender?

Yes, we might "surrender" to an opposing team, an enemy force. But with God our Father, we simply wake up each day and "offer our bodies as living (not dead!) sacrifices." If we're His children, then we're already on His team. … [Read more...]

Objecting to grace…

When some object to grace, they essentially object to themselves under grace. For them, it is not a matter of whether God is very, very gracious. Of course, He is! It really comes down to if their heart is very, very trustworthy. So when they reject grace, they actually reject the possibility that they are new and righteous at the core and can therefore both survive and thrive under grace. … [Read more...]

Thought for the day…

Popular Christian teaching says you can't trust your heart as it is desperately wicked. Accurate Christian teaching says God gave you a new, trustworthy heart. The beautiful and liberating reality is that you can live from your core where Christ inspires, and your heart aligns perfectly with His.  … [Read more...]

A Thought For Today

Some argue that the Apostles continued in obedience to Jewish law and ritual even after their conversion. But we learn here that once Peter knew freedom, he began to live like the Gentiles, abandoning Jewish obligations: "But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, 'If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?" (Paul, Galatians 2:14)Peter … [Read more...]


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