Los Banos: The City that Is

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As a young Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus had organized and even led out in violent opposition to Jesus’ followers. Luke is the first to mention him, stating that he assisted those stoning Stephen in chapter 6. “While still breathing threats against the Christians,” Luke says in Acts 9, Saul headed out to Damascus with orders… Read more »

Los Banos: The City that Is

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As a young Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus had organized and even led out in violent opposition to Jesus’ followers. Luke is the first to mention him, stating that he assisted those stoning Stephen in chapter 6. “While still breathing threats against the Christians,” Luke says in Acts 9, Saul headed out to Damascus with orders… Read more »

The Old Law in a New Light

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The Bible teaches that Christian disciples are no longer under the law as a means of salvation because Christ has set us free from the guilt and condemnation of sin by His death and resurrection. However, that doesn’t mean we’re free to live immoral lives. If anything, the grace of God’s gospel expects that we’ll… Read more »

Why is there Something Rather than Nothing?

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God’s Self-Existence or The Aseity of God Maybe the oldest question in the mind of human beings is this: “Why is there something rather than nothing?”As mundane as answering the question by saying “because God exists,” such an answer is necessary to at least part of the question. As difficult as it may be to… Read more »

The Resurrection for Modern Man

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Although Jesus wasn’t the only self-professed “Jewish Messiah” traveling around the ancient world, he was the only one to be called Lord after being murdered by the Romans. This is very peculiar fact, in and of itself, one demands an explanation, if not a modern response. N.T. Wright points out that when other Messiah figures… Read more »

Jesus was Right!

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Jesus Was Right! Along His way from the desert region of Perea, between Galilee and Judea, heading towards Jerusalem, in Luke 13:32ff Jesus encounters a group of Pharisees. Luke says they had come to advise Him to leave the region and “go somewhere else” because, “Herod wants to kill you,” they told Him. However, the… Read more »

A Lesson in Grace

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“You must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine… These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority…” (Titus 2:1-15 NIV) “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage —with great patience and careful instruction.” (2 Timothy 4:2 NIV) Introduction Today’s Christians have… Read more »

God’s Saving Grace is 100% Effective Grace

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What is referred to as “saving grace” is in essence a profoundly important theological viewpoint within biblical Christianity. Although it’s frequently associated with John Calvin or what’s come to be called “Calvinism,” its source and substance are purely biblical. Its the theological idea that God’s sovereign nature is such that His grace, which is initiated… Read more »