• Doctrine & Theology

    He Is Not Here

    Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; and stooping and looking in,…

  • Doctrine & Theology

    Whose Church?

    There is a disturbing tendency rampant in Christianity. While it may not always be deliberate, it is nevertheless worrisome and, if one is boldly honest, potentially even damaging. I attend [insert pastor’s name here]’s church. What? Yes, he attended such-and-such seminary and/or was/is affiliated with thus-and-so ministry. Hopefully the reader sees the problem with the above scenario. Further, hopefully the reader is not blind—whether willfully or ignorantly—to the truthful reality that such conversations actually do occur. It is acceptable to like, appreciate, encourage, and even praise our pastors. They have been called to preach the Word, to proclaim the gospel of Christ, and to teach the whole truth of Scripture…

  • Doctrine & Theology,  Equipping Eve

    Equipping Eve: The Discipline of Grace (Part 1)

    In his book, “The Discipline of Grace,” author Jerry Bridges has noted that God disciplines by grace, not law. Yet, is this how we perceive our Christian walk? Might we be trapped unknowingly in a subtle cycle of dangerous legalism? How does it help us to “preach the gospel to ourselves everyday?” Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve.

  • Doctrine & Theology

    A Turning Point for Each Man

    …it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment… (Hebrews 9:27)   All men are born physically just one time. Each man is also appointed to die physically just one time (Job 14:5; Psalm 139:16). At the time of physical death, those who repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus Christ alone for salvation are ushered into eternal life with Him (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Those who refused to bow the knee to Christ are ushered into eternal torment (Isaiah 66:22-24; Mark 9:42-48; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10). Eternity. That is a very long time. Yet, man is an eternal being. No, he does not exist…

  • Doctrine & Theology,  Quotes

    When We Forget the Meaning of Grace

    Without a continual reminder of the good news of the gospel, we can easily fall into one of two errors. The first is to focus on our external performance and become proud like the Pharisees. We may then begin to look down our spiritual noses at others who are not as disciplined, obedient, and committed as we are and in a very subtle way begin to feel spiritually superior to them. The second error is the exact opposite of the first. It is the feeling of guilt. We have been exposed to the disciplines of the Christian life, to obedience, and to service, and in our hearts we have responded…

  • Doctrine & Theology,  Equipping Eve

    Equipping Eve: Choice or Chance?

    “Choice, not chance, determines destiny.” Do you think the writers of this church sign had verses like John 1:12-13 in mind? It seems doubtful! Let’s open our Bibles and use the example of Lydia in Acts 16 to see just who is making the choices that determine our “destiny.” Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve and find additional resources.

  • Doctrine & Theology,  Quotes

    Repost: Lydia’s Conversion and God’s Irresistible Grace

    A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. (Acts 16:14, NASB) The manner of Lydia’s conversion is a fine illustration of how God always redeems lost souls. From our human perspective, we may think we are seeking Him, that trusting Christ is merely a “decision” that lies within the power of our own will to choose, or that we are sovereign over our own hearts and affections. In reality, wherever you see a soul like Lydia’s truly seeking God, you can be certain God…