“Great” is a simple but wonderfully expressive English word that may describe people, experiences, opportunities, material things, or ideas and ideals.
To speak of something being great we are saying it is remarkably outstanding. Highly significant. Especially notable. Extraordinarily wonderful. Exceedingly substantial. Great is enormous. Immense. Tremendous.
Our Bible reading today in Hebrews 2 calls our salvation “so great a salvation.” Why? Here’s 7 reasons salvation is so great. Continue reading
“To God Be the Glory” is one of over 8,000 hymns written by one of the most prolific hymnists in history, Fanny J. Crosby.
Written in 1872 and published in 1875 the hymn was very popular in Britain but was not widely used in the United States. In 1954 Cliff Barrows, the song leader for the Billy Graham crusades was asked to add it to the song selection for his London crusade. The next year it was again included in a US crusade in Nashville, Tennessee, and began to gain popularity. Today, it is widely used in songbooks of most churches.
There is a line in the first stanza that recently captured my attention. Continue reading
“Faith in Christ is all that is needed for salvation,” wrote one of our readers in response to a recent post.
The doctrine of “faith only” is not a new theological idea. Issues surrounding faith and works have been debated for centuries. And various religious groups give differering answers to the question, “What must I do to be saved?”
It is important, however, for us to ask, “What does the Bible say?” Continue reading
Jack Cottrell was a professor of theology at Cincinnati Christian University from 1967 to 2015 and the author of numerous books. He often wrote regarding faith, grace and baptism.
Regarding salvation, Cottrell wrote, “Both faith and baptism are conditions for salvation, but faith is the means and baptism is the time.”
He then shared this illustration to make his point. Continue reading
Last night Norma Jean and I attended a meeting at the Eastside Church of Christ in Denton, Texas, and heard a wonderful lesson from Tim Jennings, who reguarly preaches for the Spring Creek Church in Plano.
Tim’s message was from Acts 8-10, entitled “The Redemption Triangle.” Our readers will profit from his insightful thoughts from these chapters. Continue reading
We are currently reading through the New Testament at the West Main church where I am presently preaching. Today’s reading is from Acts 2. It is a pivotal chapter in the Bible. If you haven’t read it lately, do so now.
In Acts 2 is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies from Isaiah 2 and a similar one in Micah 4. Continue reading
For someone who enjoys keeping up with the what’s going on in the world, I am purposely watching less and less news and commentary programs. It seems to be the same old tune. Hillary’s health. Hillary’s emails. Trump’s new poll numbers. Or some gaffe made by Trump.
But this comment by Hillary Clinton that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are a “basket of deplorables” did get my attention. She said they are “irredeemable.”
Really? Continue reading
Last night in our Bible class at Hickman Mills we were studying the miracles of Jesus. There is a very brief, but powerful encounter Jesus had with a leper. Here’s Matthew’s account.
“When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matt 8:1-3)
There are at least three things noteworthy about this narrative. Continue reading
Filed under Salvation, Sin
Does God “forgive those who are unbelievers and do not seek faith?”
The Catholic Pope, Francis, was asked this question by Eugenio Sscalfari, an avowed atheist and founder of the liberal Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The Pope responded with a recently published front page letter.
Here’s what he wrote. Continue reading
“As white as the driven snow,” wrote Shakespeare in A Winter’s Tale. In Macbeth the poet used the expression “pure as snow.” Is there any better metaphor for whiteness than snow?
We witnessed this first hand recently in Kansas City, Missouri. We’ve had snow. Lots of it! Over two feet. Following the first snow, Norma Jean and I marveled one night on how light everything looked behind our house. The snow was so white. So bright. So intense in color that it looked like day light!
But do you know what’s whiter than snow? Continue reading