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 »

Truth and Corresponding Reality

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We live in a rather shady era of doctrinal disagreement over things as fundamental as observable reality. Let me explain: Today it’s actually believed that anything society once thought to be absolutely true, such as the fact that homosexuality is a sin; is now disputed, or even false because modern morality has “evolved” and our… Read more »

Apostasy

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Apostasy Today it’s actually believed that anything society once thought to be absolutely true, such as the fact that homosexuality is a sin; is now disputed, or even false because modern morality is “enlightened” and “evolved.” In other words, thousands—and even hundreds of thousands of years—of human civilization has been wrong about basic sexual morality,… Read more »

Climate Change: A False Religion

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“Climate Change” has become a dominant topic for the news media, academia, public schools, and institutions like the UN and our own U.S. government. However, many of the key arguments promoting things like “global warming” not only exaggerate and even distort the facts—“rising sea levels,” “record” temperatures, melting polar caps, etc.—but what’s worse these alarming theories… 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, Jesus in Luke 13:32ff encounters a group of Pharisees.[1] They had come, says Luke, to advise Him to leave the region and “go somewhere else” because, “Herod wants to kill you,” they told Him. However, the… Read more »

“Favor with God”

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“Favor with God”      The relationship between Mary and Joseph is a rare example of what God must have intended for couples and families from the beginning. Despite their unsettling circumstances, these two natives of Nazareth entered into matrimony willing to obey God’s command even at the expense of their own reputations. Luke’s account of… Read more »

The Magi: Thoughts on this Second Sunday of Advent

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Matthew’s Gospel tells the story of a group of foreign stargazers called “Magi,” who traveled hundreds of miles from their homelands in the East following a bright star. A celestial phenomenon, that led them to a makeshift crib, called the manger, that bore the Christ-child in an obscure village called Bethlehem, just outside Israel’s capitol… Read more »

Insight and Understanding

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Daniel 9:1-27      During the so-called “Axial Age” of ancient history, God’s people in Israel had come to a pivotal time in their development as a nation.[1] The prophet Jeremiah, in chapter 25 v.11 had predicted that because of the nation’s idolatry, the “…whole country would become a desolate wasteland, and…serve the king of Babylon… Read more »

The Book of Daniel

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Follow Dr. Ogan’s series of sermons from the book of Daniel. Below are links to the weekly message manuscripts. Daniel 1:1 Daniel 2:1 Daniel 3:1 Daniel 4:1 Daniel 5:1

The Letters of the Apostle Peter

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Introduction The two letters that bear the Apostle Peter’s name were written toward the end of his life, some 30 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. According to the Apostle, he wrote his first letter from “Babylon,” a cryptic reference to Rome. Then he sent Silas to deliver it to the “scattered” believers in the areas of… Read more »