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Who Gets to Be Saved? Everyone Who Believes

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The gospel (the good news that Jesus died for sin and rose again to redeem and reconcile people to God) is good news, but it's only good news to those who hear it, who hear it in time, and who believe it when they hear it. Paul wrote a well-known verse about the good news once when he declared, "For I am not …

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To Understand the Gospel, First Understand God

Gospel of God

There are three things I know beyond the shadow of a doubt... There is a God. I am not him. Neither are you. I know that if we were to make up our own "god," he wouldn't resemble the God of the Bible much. I know that because that's what humanity has done repeatedly and still does today. It's easier to serve …

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King Jesus Saves and Reigns!

There is good news.

We love to take biblical words and weaken their meanings by adopting them for our own usage. One such word is "gospel." We use it in a light-hearted way when we refer to something as "the gospel truth." Like when we say, "Donald Trump's hair is amazing - that's the gospel truth!" Not only are we stating …

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Just How Good Do You Have to Be?

Galatians 3-22

God has rules. The problem is, none of us can or do keep them. But the point of God's rules isn't so that, in keeping them, we can be made right with Him. The point of His rules is to make apparent to us our glaring inadequacies and failure and sin. When we are left with no further claim to earning God's favor …

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Shoes Can Take You Anywhere

Mama says they was magic shoes. They could take me anywhere. - Forrest Gump Warfare always requires walking. And often, it requires running. Either way, good shoes are essential. Shoes offer us protection. Any parent who has stepped on a lego checking on their kids at night understands this. They protect our …

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Getting Explicit About the Gospel

The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler

Rick Warren said, "If you read only one book this year, make it this one. It's that important." The gospel is a message that never loses its relevancy and always needs retelling. I found Matt Chandler's The Explicit Gospel to be an awesome retelling of it. Chandler's explanation of the gospel is ultra-clear, …

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What’s Right With the Church in 2011

Church

Because of my role as an Editor and Online Community Facilitator, I'm exposed to a very wide variety of thinking within the modern church. I read blogs by the reformed, the missional, the fundamental, the emerging, the evangelical, and the conservative points of view. I read books about theology, church growth, …

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Creating a ‘Whatever It Takes’ Culture

Whatever It Takes

Go ahead. Accuse me of being pragmatic. I'm guilty, just as Jesus and Paul were. I often scratch my head trying to figure out what's so bad about that anyway. Biblical theology never changes. God never changes in His character and attributes. But culture changes, so the means of communicating the unchanging …

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Chuck Swindoll: Serve God By Serving People

Chuck Swindoll

Men like Chuck Swindoll have a way of articulating profound truths in rather simple statements. In my own mind, I've struggled to figure out how to get the idea across that we need to serve people in order to serve God. In today's insight for living Chuck had this to say... We find it encouraging to think of …

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Go, Disturb Your City

Disturb Your City

Two thousand years ago, the good news of Jesus Christ had a tendency to upset entire social structures, flipping society upside down and leveling the playing field so that people from any position in life could have a restored relationship with God because of what Jesus Christ accomplished by His death on the …

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