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  • Does this stir your heart?

  • Are All Gentiles Depraved in the Mind? (Ephesians 4:17-19)

    Ephesians 4:17-19 is often quoted along with 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, andEphesians 2:1-5 as evidence that the unregenerate person has no ability to understand, comprehend, or respond to the truth of God and the gospel. This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord,...
  • Five Views on What is the “Gift of God”

    There are five views on how to understand Paul’s statement. 1. Faith is the Gift of God First, some just say that Ephesians 2:8 contains a grammar mistake or an exception to the rule. They argue that contextually, the word “that” refers to faith, regardless of the fact that this ...
  • GOD’S PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT

    These verses tell us that God will intervene and help us by giving us His undivided attention to our immediate needs! The psalmist encourages us to rely on our Creator for His help and know that He will help!   Regardless of what a person’s situation may be, the Creator God wants to be ...
  • A CLOSER LOOK AT AN ENCOURAGING VERSE

    Psalms 42 and 43.   The psalmist describes his sorrows and longings, and then tells himself three different times: “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance [face]” (Psalms 42:5...
  • The greatest example of agape love.

    In the New Testament, the Greek words that we translate ‘love’ have nuances that help us understand them a bit better.  However, God has not left us to wonder what He views as love.  He has given us the clearest example in His Son.  The greatest example of love is Jesus ...
  • Sometimes love may seem harsh.

    True love must sometimes act in forceful ways.  Agape love is a thinking, rational, kind of deliberate love that is motivated by what is holy and good.  There are times when this kind of love results in less than pleasant actions.  When speaking to the Corinthian church concerning a m...
  • We are to love ........

    We are to love (agape) our enemies The love of God transcends our anger or hatred; it allows us to forgive those whom we otherwise would be unable to forgive (cf. Romans 12:19-20).  Jesus told His disciples, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you&r...
  • The Greatest Commandment

    The Greatest Commandment consists of love for God and love for our neighbors.   In three of the four Gospels, Jesus tells us what He expects from us, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.&...
  • Love for Jesus inspires obedience to Him

    Jesus said to His disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15 ESV).  This means that those who love Jesus will want to please Him.  We should want to please God, not as a means of trying to earn our salvation, but out of gratitude ...