Don’t Miss List: Resurrection Sunday

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you wake up today and are reminded, yet again, that Jesus is alive! He is our continuing and eternal hope of salvation, thanks to his resurrection from the dead. Hallelujah!

Mark 16: 1-8 

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

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Is There Evidence That Christianity is True? (Video)

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 2.38.13 PMWhile we can’t go back in time and be eyewitnesses to the historical events, whether they be the creation of the world, the exodus from Egypt, or the resurrection of Christ, I do not believe that the Christian faith is a 100% blind faith. There is logic, rationality, historical evidence and more that supports our faith in Jesus Christ.  Continue reading

“The True Gospel”

“The true gospel is an announcement that Jesus Christ lived, and died and rose again to make a perfect, once for all, atonement for sin and thereby purchase full justification and a right standing before God for everyone who trusts in Him as Savior. That’s really good news. It’s eternal good news,” – Phil Johnson (from this lecture)

Living like the new self

I’m back in Ephesians again this week in my regular Bible reading. I love the description of  new life in Christ found in Chapter 4 and 5, and am greatly convicted at the same time. How often I sin in anger, or say something impure, how often I fail to show gratitude. My life so often fails to look like this:

“They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ! — assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, created after the likeness of God in truth righteousness and holiness. Continue reading

Thinking Biblically about Race and Class from the book of Acts

My church has been studying the book of Acts verse-by-verse for months now. We finally wrapped up Acts 11 today, and I was extremely grateful that my pastor has been pointing out how both Acts 10 and 11 condemn racism and elitism of any kind. In Acts 10, a gentile (non-Jewish) man named Cornelius was seeking the true God and God sent the Apostle Peter to explain the gospel to him and Cornelius was saved.  Continue reading

What the Resurrection Means for Your Life Today

Today is the day Christians mark as Resurrection Sunday, in the belief that Jesus was raised from the dead after his crucifixion, death and burial.

We affirm, as the Scriptures tells us, that God raised Jesus from the dead as he had said would happen. (Matthew 28:6 “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.)

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Are We Really Saved?

CrossMy heart is heavy today, because I’ve been considering the matter of salvation. I’ve thought of people I’ve met or conversed with through the years who believe they know God, yet there is little proof of it to see. They sincerely believe they have been saved by Him and Heaven awaits them someday.

Are they really saved? Are they really Christians?

I have cried over the thought of those who think they are right with God, facing final judgment in the hereafter only to be shocked by the Lord’s words as in Matthew 7.

Matthew 7:21-23 states: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

Jesus warned us in those verses that it is possible to think you know Him, without knowing Him. So every individual person must make certain for themselves!

Have you asked yourself, am I really saved? Have you examined the Bible’s criteria for salvation and seen it’s fruit in your life.

The same chapter of Matthew also says, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

I plead with you today, even if you think you are right with God and sure that Heaven is your final destination, take another look. Reexamine yourself in light of what God has told us through his Word.

These two messages (HERE and HERE) can help you work through that. I pray they will help you know the truth and answer the question: Am I really saved?