PART I – Definitions, Presuppositions, and Starting Points
- God is all powerful (omnipotent). He is also all-knowing (omniscient). There is nothing that He is not capable of doing. God possesses ultimate and total sovereignty over the entirety of creation.
- Mankind has been made in God’s image. Men and women therefore have some attributes of God. These are not necessarily physical attributes, but rather spiritual ones. Some examples include:
- Humans are eternal beings (Matthew 25:31-46)
- Humans possess intelligence and the ability to reason.
- Humans are self-aware and are aware that they experience reality.
- Humans DO possess free will.
- Free will is defined as the following:
- The ability to make choices independently from direct external influence.
Part II – Discussion
Continue reading “The Mystery of Free Will”
The body of believers, since the time of the Apostles, has been beset by heresies. Paul knew this as well as anyone, and he repeatedly wrote staunch warnings against false teachings. He wanted to make sure that those who truly followed Christ stayed true to their faith and did not stumble in the wind. Yes, even in those days; those old days when travel between towns could take days or even weeks, false doctrine and heretical beliefs spread like wildfire and threatened to corrupt a person’s faith in the risen Christ. Continue reading “A License to Sin?”
Even the greatest things in this world are nothing compared to Him. We live for our Savior, and as we live, we partake in His providence and His glory. We live by Him, for Him, and because of Him. He is our light, our sole shelter, our shepherd on high. He laid down His life for us that we might be free from sin and death. Continue reading “The Greatest Things”
Today’s culture is selling you something. It’s written all over the commercials you see on TV. It’s in books, it’s in songs; it’s in movies and shows. It is the driving force behind almost every popular movement that springs up, dominates the airwaves, and then dies down again. It saturates our academics and forms the foundation of our commerce. Continue reading “Who Do You Live For?”
Sometime last spring, I stumbled across what is perhaps, in my opinion, one of the greatest sermons of all time. It was given by a preacher with the name of S.M. Lockridge in the early 1980’s out of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego, California. I think it’s only an excerpt (click here to listen on YouTube), but it sure is impactful. Continue reading “The Power of the Almighty God”
Two thousand years ago, a baby was born who would take away the sins of men. He was a baby born without wealth, without fame, and without grand parties. Continue reading “The Story of Christmas”
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalm 51: 10-12)
Continue reading “Psalm 51: Create in Me a Pure Heart”