1. Salvation Belongs to the Lord
    09 Jan, 2019
    Salvation Belongs to the Lord
    Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah  Psalm 3:8 I saw recently that the SC Lottery Power Ball jackpot is up to around $80,000,000. You know, I'd like to think if I had $80,000,000, the first thing I'd do (after paying off my mortgage and setting some aside for my kiddos) is to give as much money as I could to various charities. I'd really like to think that's what I'd do. But who knows what I would really do? We often don't know what we'd actually do in a
  2. Not Safe, But Good
    08 Jan, 2019
    Not Safe, But Good
    Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:10-12 In C.S. Lewis’ book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, visit the magical realm of Narnia.  During their time in Narnia, the children meet Mr. and Mrs. Beaver.  The Beavers tell
  3. Redeemed and Adopted Because of the Son of God
    16 Nov, 2018
    Redeemed and Adopted Because of the Son of God
    But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  Galatians 4:4 -5   Think of a really famous person. Maybe you're thinking of Oprah Winfrey.  Or Justin Bieber.   Or Tom Cruise.  Or Beyoncé. Whoever you're thinking of, what are the chances of that famous person coming to live in small town USA? Think of a town like Colerain, NC.  The estimated population of this
  4. Everyone Who Calls on the Name of the Lord Will Be Saved
    14 Nov, 2018
    Everyone Who Calls on the Name of the Lord Will Be Saved
    For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13   This morning, while I was in the car going to a meeting with some pastors, I heard the 1995 song "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by Smashing Pumpkins.   One of the repeated lines from that song struck me.   Several times, the lead singer says, "And I still believe that I cannot be saved." The song may not really be about Biblical salvation.  After all, some people interpret the song as a swipe at the music
  5. Justified Through Faith, Not The Law
    31 Oct, 2018
    Justified Through Faith, Not The Law
    Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for "The righteous shall live by faith."  Galatians 3:11   I still remember the conversation I had over 25 years ago with a member of a well-known campus ministry. She told me that when she died, God would weigh her good deeds and her bad deeds. If her good deeds outweighed her bad deeds, she would go to heaven.  But if her bad deeds outweighed her good deeds, she would go to hell. I was stunned. I couldn't believe someone
  6. Perfect High Priest = Perfect Worshipers
    22 Oct, 2018
    Perfect High Priest = Perfect Worshipers
    For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever. Hebrews 7:28   Hebrews can be a difficult book to understand. And yet it is rewarding when we take the time to understand it. Think, for example, of the verse above . . . The author of Hebrews compares Jesus, the Son of God, with the high priests of the Levitical priesthood. If you know anything about the book of Hebrews, you