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Celebrating the Profound Simplicity of Conversion

When the Philippian jailer asked, "what must I do to be saved?," Paul didn't break into a discourse about repudiation of self, cross-bearing, and submission of every aspect of one's life to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ. All of those are vital to a thorough understanding of the Christian life. But Paul's response was, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." To the thief on the cross's simple cry of "remember me..." Jesus replied with deep …

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I Shall Arise

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me." -Micah 7:8 When I was rather young, I went sledding down Bowling Green's "Hospital Hill" one snowy day with my brother and my Dad. I was so excited about taking my first run on my own, but something went terribly wrong. there was a snowdrift covering a stump and I hit it head on. The sled went down, I went up (and what goes up must come down) and I …

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The High and Holy One

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; His glory fills the whole earth." -Isaiah 6:3 (HCSB) God's holiness cannot be defined in terms of human goodness for "there is none good, no not one." Instead, we must realize that God's holiness speaks of His transcendent perfection. To say that God is holy does not merely mean that He is ultimately moral, but rather that He is completely removed from anything imperfect. His holiness is defined by His separateness. God's glory …

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What’s Your Worldview?

“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.”—Isaiah 40:15 I was in a conversation recently with a friend in which we were talking about the biggest issues facing humanity. I believe that the biggest issue today is spiritual blindness, that if people don’t hear and receive the gospel, they will spend eternity in hell. My friend gave me a rather funny look. You …

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A New Old-Fashioned Enlightenment

"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." -Isaiah 8:20In our economy, Christians are on trial. The New Testament calls believers "witnesses." In God's economy, the world is on trial. The world is always testing people of Christian faith to see if our faith is reasonable, to see if we are truly enlightened with knowledge. Are we backwoods Bible-thumpers or intelligent and viable thinkers?God, on the …

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Cease To Do Evil

"Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil." -Isaiah 1:16Some people have the mistaken assumption that the God of the Old Testament is a harsh God and the God of the New Testament is a soft God. The reality is that God's character has never changed at all. He said through the prophet Isaiah, "cease to do evil..." He said through His Son, "go and sin no more..." He is loving, but harsh toward our sin. He forgives, but He …

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God’s New Thing for Your New Year

Based on Isaiah 43:18-21 The passage we are reading is quoted out of context quite often. I have heard well-meaning Christians say, “God says He will do a new thing… well this is it!” But what exactly is it that Isaiah is talking about? Remember that Isaiah very accurately prophesied of the Babylonian captivity to come. He gives the reasons, the indictments for which God is bringing the captivity as judgment. What is the new thing that God will do? It’s a prophetic …

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