The Importance of Conversion in the Church

Scripture is clear in teaching that we are not all journeying toward God–some having found Him, others still seeking. Instead, Scripture presents us as needing to have our hearts replaced, our minds transformed, our spirits given life. We can do none of this for ourselves. The change each human needs, regardless of how we may…

Jesus: Son of God, Son of Man

I’m starting an in-depth study of Romans, so throughout this year as I work through the book I’ll post some of my notes here on the blog.  Here are some thoughts from Romans 1:3-4: Paul says that the gospel of God is directly “concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh…

Growing in grace and knowledge is easier said than done.

Early this morning, a friend texted me and asked a question about 2 Peter 3:18: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”  His question boiled down to: “How do you grow in grace?” I…

“Once for All (Free from the Law)”

By Philip Bliss (1873) Free from the law, O happy condition, Jesus has bled and there is remission, Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Grace hath redeemed us once for all. Chorus Once for all, O sinner, receive it, Once for all, O brother, believe it; Cling to the cross, the burden…

God is Always Behind the Scenes.

As I read Isaiah 45:1-13, there is one, single, consistent, mind-numbing, eternity-changing, thought: God equips, empowers, and energizes even those who do not know him as Lord and Savior in order to accomplish his majestic purposes. I ask, “Why does he do this?” The answer comes in verses 5-6: So that everyone, from east to…