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The Advantage

The Thomas Fire recently roared to life in the hills near Santa Paula. High winds drove it relentlessly toward Ventura where it burned hundreds of homes, including three of our members and many friends. The faith of our members is a beauty to behold. All...

Are You Ready For This? Part 2

Introduction

In Part 1 we took a look at Meticulous or Hard Determinism and the way it casts God as a moral monster. In Part 2 we will consider a couple more troubling doctrines of Calvinism, then turn to consider a more Biblically consistent view...

Are You Ready For This? Part 1

Introduction

This is an appeal to those attracted to a movement going by several titles, predominantly The Resurgence and Neo-Calvinism. The more traditional title is Reformed Theology. Its popular contemporary proponents are voices like RC Sproul, John Piper and James White. These and others have...

Luke – Day 25

WE BEGIN WITH REST - Mark 2:27–28, Luke 6:5, Luke 13:14, Isaiah 58:13–14

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Christian, “Find your weekly refreshment in ME!”

In a seventh–day Sabbath, the emphasis is on six days of...

Luke – Day 24

A FAULTY SYSTEM OF WORKS - Luke 6:9–11, Luke 6:5, Ephesians 2:8–9, Titus 3:4–6

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the religious person, “We are saved by grace, and not by works.”

Sometimes our actions have the exact...

Luke – Day 23

CHRIST OUR CREATOR -  Exodus 20:11, Deuteronomy 5:15, Isaiah 58:13–14, Luke 6:5

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the theologian, “Jesus is God!”

The Greek word “Lord” in the New Testament (“kurios”) has the basic meaning of “Master”...

Luke – Day 22

CHRIST OUR IDENTITY - Exodus 31:13, Luke 6:5, Galatians 2:20

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Jew, “Let Me be your identity!”

God’s covenant with Moses was the sign of the Sabbath. It was given to remind Israel...

Luke – Day 21

SABBATH SURRENDER - Luke 6:2 & 7, John 11:47–48, Luke 22:25–26, James 4:13–15

Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Pharisee, “You are not large and in charge – I am!”

The term “Lord” in the New Testament is used...

This is Happening Now

CBS News //  Sacramento, California // “The Rocklin Academy school board is facing tough questions from parents concerned over a controversial incident involving transgender discussions inside a kindergarten class.”

The story can be summarized in this: A transgender reveal of a student...

Regressive Christianity

What goes around, comes around. What’s coming round now is a resurgent liberalism that aims to accommodate Christianity to contemporary society and the moral revolution that’s virtually swept Western Civilization into its camp. That moral revolution has its ideological roots in the Enlightenment but surged...

Where’d My Money Go?

"Where'd my money go?"

Is that right?

We’ve all asked that question. The problem is that it’s the wrong question. The question ought to be: “What did we do with God’s money?”

In Haggai 2:8 the Bible says, “’The silver is Mine and the gold...

Teach Us to Pray

Just before His Ascension into heaven, Jesus told His disciples to go to Jerusalem to pray.

Jesus had been crucified, had been buried, had risen from the dead, and now after forty days with His disciples, He is about to return to His Father in...

God’s Chosen Workers

“And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”   Luke 10:2 ESV

Jesus says something profound in this verse. He calls us to...

Walking Wisely in a Moral Minefield

Once again controversy rages over a film. This time, a beloved children’s classic, Beauty & the Beast. Disney Studios live action film “updates” the tale with some, what they consider, socially-conscious editing by including a nod to a same-sex attraction for one of the characters....

American Holocaust

44 years ago, on Jan. 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court rendered the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand in all 50 States. The companion case to Roe was Doe v. Bolton, which made abortion legal through all 3 trimesters; meaning a mother...

A Few Words About Grace

What follows is an excerpt from Newell's commentary on Romans. Enjoy . . .

The Nature of Grace

  1. Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course, righteously ~ in...

Vision-Focus 2017

Organizations are notorious for producing Vision / Mission statements, then ignoring them. Many hours and much effort is expended producing them. But once the project is complete, they are printed up, encased behind glass in a nice frame, hung on a wall, and forgotten.

We...

Defaming God

Theistic Determinism is technical verbiage for the idea prominent in Reformed Theology that God’s sovereignty is meticulous and controls everything. While the Bible is certainly clear that God is sovereign over His creation, the traditionalist understanding of His sovereignty means God...

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