1. Living by Our Own Set of Rules?
    10 Jan, 2018
    Living by Our Own Set of Rules?
    For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.  Romans 10:3 One day last week my youngest child became upset because one of the other children was sitting in "his seat" at the dinner table.  I told him that it was no big deal.  There are five chairs at the table, and there are five of us.  So it doesn't matter which chair any of us sit in as long as there is a chair for each of us. Apparently, he didn't like
  2. Justified by Faith Alone in Christ Alone
    30 Oct, 2017
    Justified by Faith Alone in Christ Alone
    We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:15-16 I think it’s safe to say all of us want acceptance and approval.  I know I do. As one article I’ve read recently says, “Whether we choose to acknowledge
  3. Not Having a Righteousness of My Own
    13 Jul, 2017
    Not Having a Righteousness of My Own
    Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith-  Philippians 3:8-9 I still remember the day these verses penetrated my heart in a profound way.  I was
  4. The Great Exchange
    08 Feb, 2017
    The Great Exchange
    For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Some folks have called it "the Great Exchange". Jesus Christ, the righteous, holy Son of God, the only person who has ever walked on earth in a sinless way, took our sins upon himself as he was executed on a Roman cross. He was so associated with our sin the Scriptures say that he became sin. Sinners like us, rebellious, selfish, self-centered . . . we were shown
  5. Justification Apart From Works
    11 Jan, 2017
    Justification Apart From Works
    For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Romans 3:28 "If you work hard, you'll make it." "If you want to go to the party tonight, you have to do all your chores." "You'll really have to apply yourself if you want to pass this class." "Unless you clean up your act there's no place for you here." All of these quotes have one thing in common.  Performance dictates profit. Do this, and you gain that.  Work hard, and you'll receive the reward. This way of