This Month’s Recommended Reading

This Month’s Recommended Reading

Positionally right, Practically not yet

Romans 8:29—29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Jesus Christ is God.  It is in His image that we were made and for His followers, it is in His image that they are being conformed.  This is our sanctification.  We call it by several…

The Lord is near!

Titus 2:11-14—11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to…

Called To Serve

Ephesians 4:11-16 — 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we…

A Reason To Fear

Matthew 6:25-34 – 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.…

The Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21:8-9—8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” What a sight that must have been to see Jesus at…

Standing Firm

Ephesians 6:13 – Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  The same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells inside of His followers—Romans 8:11. Paul continues in Romans 8 to say that since the Spirit dwells in us we are debtors to God to live by the Spirit and not by…

Eyes On Christ

Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is…

Treasure the Lord

1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 – 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.  You’ve heard the question posed in various forms before.  “If you could go to heaven and all of your loved…

What am I relying on?

Acts 2:38-39—38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”  God gives us an amazing promise…

Honor One Another

Romans 12:10—10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Total depravity is the teaching of how the Bible describes the nature of mankind.  It is depraved. It is morally corrupt and wicked.  Total depravity doesn’t mean that we are as morally corrupt and as wicked as we could be but that this corruption and wickedness…

Proving To Be Disciples

John 15:8 – 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.  Should we do good works throughout our lives to prove to ourselves and others (and perhaps even to God) that we belong to Jesus Christ? Wrongly understood, this verse can drive us to legalism.  The Bible teaches us that God saves us by grace…

Reason for Assurance

Hebrews 9:13-14—13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.  D.A. Carson…

Loving the Lord Holistically

Matthew 22:37- 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Jesus speaks the verse above in response to being asked which is the great commandment of the Law.  We know that God sees us as a whole person and that we cannot separate your mind, heart, and soul.  What your heart…

Gratitude or Entitlement?

1  Thessalonians 5:16-18—16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. We are told to give thanks in all circumstances.  That sounds a little optimistic when you think of all of the evil in the world and all of our sin in our own hearts.  Our…

United With Christ

Romans 6:4 – 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.   Baptism is a beautiful thing. Paul makes it clear that baptism does not save us. Faith alone (Sola Fide) saves us. Faith that is a gift of God’s grace —faith that…

Book of Life

Revelation 20:12-15—12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them,…