By This Gospel You Are Saved

By This Gospel You Are Saved

When you are stranded, rescue is the word you want to hear. When you are trapped, freedom is the word you want to hear. And when you are dead in sin, spiritually lost, cut off from any eternal hope and separated from God, gospel is the word you want to hear. The...
Growing from “Ought To” to “Can Do” Living

Growing from “Ought To” to “Can Do” Living

You ought to go to church. You ought to read your Bible, eat right, quit smoking, pay your tithes, and be a better mom… dad… husband… wife… yodeler, underwater basket-weaver, etc. The weight of “ought to” living can be crushing. In...
A Simple Gospel Invitation to Give Your Life to Jesus

A Simple Gospel Invitation to Give Your Life to Jesus

There are so many ways to word an invitation to people to become Christians… Repent and believe… Admit, believe, confess… Invite Jesus into your life… Ask Jesus to be your Savior… Give your life to Jesus… Believe and receive…...
Feeling Guilty? Why We Should Embrace the Gift of Guilt

Feeling Guilty? Why We Should Embrace the Gift of Guilt

Regret stinks. It’s an awful place to live. None of us like to feel guilty. So here’s some good news and some bad news about guilt. The bad news is, you’re guilty. As I am. As everyone is. The Apostle Paul made it pretty explicit, quoting the 53rd...

Whom God Saves, God Seals

In the year 2000, Angie and I bought our first home. It was sweet! We took one day with the realtor. About the fifth or sixth and final house we looked at that day was the perfect fit. We headed to the realtor’s office and filled out an offer form and included...
Should You Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart?

Should You Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart?

According to J. D. Greear, yes! And J. D. is an expert on the subject, having asked Jesus into his heart thousands of times. I remember leading a fifteen-year-old student through the gospel, which he knew quite well already, and then in receiving Christ by faith. He...
Does Rick Warren Endorse Chrislam?

Does Rick Warren Endorse Chrislam?

No. Period. It’s a funny thing. Since we’ve announced that we’ll be planting a new church in cooperation with the new Saddleback Network and that Rick Warren has endorsed and sent us, I’ve gotten quite a few questions about the controversy over...
What You Should Know About Rick Warren's Worldview

What You Should Know About Rick Warren's Worldview

For some time now, I’ve been serving as a Pastor to Saddleback Church’s correspondence team, a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who answer over 100,000 emails per year about a range of subjects. Not a week goes by that I don’t see an email (or...

Children and the Age of Accountability

I’ve always believed in an age of accountability for sin. Children and babies who die don’t go to hell, period, and John Piper does a wonderful job of explaining why in ultra-simple terms.

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