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Perfect Security

I am re-posting this from Paul Tautges blog http://counselingoneanother.com/ Where should my sense of security come from? That’s a vital question. Here’s how Paul Tripp counseled me last evening. If you are God’s child, you are the object of the love of the Person who...

Can I Tell You About a Book I Am Reading?

I have been reading Hell On Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment written by Robert A. Peterson.  In chapter 2 Peterson highlights the accounts of judgement passages of the Old Testament. The Flood  5 When the Lord saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the...

The Privilege of Prayer (Part 3)

In order for me to understand that prayer is a privilege I must understand the purpose of Prayer.  I must understand why God has called me to pray.  Prayer is not about getting God to give me what I want!  The purpose of Prayer Personally Relating to God God is a...

More Thoughts on Prayer (Part 2)

“Prayer is arguably the most underutilized and anemic part of the Christian life for most Christians.  And this is a tragedy considering that God has called us to a life of prayer that is promised to be one of the most significant and powerful opportunities for...

Defending the Resurrection

Recently, I had a discussion with a man who was vigorously antagonistic to the Gospel, ridiculing “talking snakes”, Noah’s flood, and the idea that God (if there was a God) had to send His Son to atone for the sins of humanity.  At one point he confessed that he...

Responding Wrongly To The Cross

In the Philipines, there are annual ceremonies on Good Friday in which people are nailed to crosses and are whipped (With caution you can watch a homemade video of the ceremony). The ceremony is not only a commemoration of the suffering that Jesus underwent, but it is...

Genuine Saving Faith

Taken From John MacArthur Study Bible  The Character of Genuine Saving Faith 2 Corinthians 13:5           Evidence that neither prove nor disprove one’s faith A.Visible Morality   Matt 19:16-21, 23:27 B.Intellectual Knowledge Rom 1:21, 2:17ff...

A Cheap, Easy Christianity

(J.C. Ryle, “The Cost!“) “Any of you who does not give up everything he has, cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33 What does it cost to be a Christian? I grant freely that it costs little to be a mere outward Christian. A man has only got to...

Christian Duty

In my preparation for bible study on Romans 12:9 I read this quote by John MacArthur and thought I would pass it on.   Christian duty begins with a pure love, and a hatred of evil, and a commitment to practice good.  So, if you sense a love for God’s people and...

Anger: Things to Remember (Part 2)

There are things I need to remember from Jesus’ teaching in the The Sermon on the Mount. I need to remember from Matthew 5:21-26 that Jesus condemned not just violent deeds but also violent temperaments. I need to remember from Matthew 5: 3-11 who I am and what...

Anger: Things to Remember (Part 1)

Ephesians 4:26 & 27 give us insight to God’s will for His children in a warning about anger.  DO NOT GIVE THE DEVIL A FOOTHOLD! How do you deal with your anger?  In your anger are you prone to give the devil a foot hold? The world has a very different way of...

Let Me Ask You a Question?

Before I ask the question I want you to think about something. Let’s say you give someone you love an incredible gift. Perhaps it is an incredible gift for a spouse, a close friend, a son or daughter, a mom or dad. The point is this, you give this special person an...

Christmas Eve Service – No Service Christmas Day

Grace Bible Church will not be meeting on Sunday morning, December 25th. We will be gathering for Christmas Eve at a 4:00pm service instead. The service will be held in Barnes Hall at Valley Christian High School (6900 West Galveston Street, Chandler, AZ 85226). This...

Live Like You Want To Die

151 years ago, almost to the day, Charles Spurgeon (web | Logos) gave the following very helpful advice: Live while you live; while it is called today, work, for the night cometh wherein no man can work. And let us learn never to do anything which we would not wish to...

Can You Ever Completely Understand God’s Goodness?

 There is a difference in understanding and believing!  A familiar verse that speaks about God’s goodness is Romans 8:28.   We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.  We may know and we may...

Do it All For the Glory of God

Such a familiar verse 1Cor 10:31; “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I was recently considering some of the mundane things in my life and wondered how could I do this (apply 1 Cor 10:31), whatever I do, do it all for the...

Where Is My Hope?

First I must say I am writing this because I need to remember this daily. Page 44 in the The Gospel Primer says “ When looking at the sheer weight of unseen glories to come, my troubles seem light by comparison; and when looking at the staggering length of eternity,...

What is My Expectation Today!

I know for myself that I may become discouraged or disappointed (to the point of sin) when I have an expectation that is not met. Or from the other point of view, I can become discouraged or disappointed when I have an expectation and things turn out much worse than I...