When, Lord, we are tempted to turn from You …

When, Lord, we are tempted to turn from You, help us to turn to You. Help us to take our stand on your promise of victory over temptation: ” … God is faithful … with the temptation He will also make the way of escape … ” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Help us, Lord, to say, with …

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An important first step …

"The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets" (Psalm 50:1). God is calling out to the whole world. He's speaking through the world he has created "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour …

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Berkouwer’s theology of the relationship between grace and faith

The more I thought of my own work on Berkouwer, the more I came to feel that the key Biblical text is Ephesians 2:8 - "By grace you have been saved through faith". The emphasis is on the absolute necessity of both grace and faith. It is not 'by grace you have been saved without …

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If You Don’t Have Salvation, You Have Nothing!

2 Kings 17:1-41 ‘The people of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt’(7). What happens when people reject the God of salvation? - They become ‘empty’ and ‘worthless’ because they have chosen to ‘pursue emptiness’ by ‘following worthless idols’(15). If you don’t have …

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What kind of person are you becoming?

Things were going from bad to worse!  The people of Israel had forgotten ‘the Lord their God’ (Judges 8:34).  ‘The enemy’ was ready to ‘come in like a flood’ (Isaiah 59:19).  Abimelech - Gideon’s son by ‘his concubine who was in Shechem’ (Judges 8:31) - was very unlike his father.  Gideon had pointed away from …

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