• Equipping Eve

    Equipping Eve: Behold the Lamb!

    Perhaps one of the greatest declarations in Scripture is when John the Baptist sees Jesus and proclaims, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" Listen in as we discuss the great truth that our Good Shepherd is also the Lamb of God.

  • Devotional

    The Original Plan

    Saturday. The day between Christ’s death and, for all the disciples knew, merely the next day. Still not understanding all that Jesus had prophesied about His resurrection, His earliest followers no doubt felt a measure of great despair on that Saturday. We can conclude this from the actions of the women, who hurried to the tomb early the next morning to properly prepare Christ’s body: When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They…

  • Doctrine & Theology

    Witnessing to a Blank Stare

    The blank stare. It’s the proverbial “deer caught in the headlights” look with which all are familiar. It is empty. It is not understanding. It does not hear. It does not see. because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. (Matt. 13:13b) Presented with the glorious, saving news of the gospel, the man or woman who in that moment is not being drawn by the Holy Spirit to Christ often may respond with little more than this blank, empty, heartbreaking stare. We may weep. We may plead. We may cry out to the Lord on behalf of their soul, that He might…

  • Doctrine & Theology

    Salvation Is a Work of God

    There is a difficult but marvelous truth to be found within the pages of Scripture: You, dear Christian, cannot save anyone. Nor can any sinner save himself. No matter how pithily or poetically one asks Jesus to “come into his heart,” no matter how many zeroes are written on the check, no matter how piously the Lord’s Table is approached, no matter how many Bible studies one participates in, no matter how many sermons one hears, no matter how many Bibles one owns, no man can bring himself to the point of salvation, nor can any man hold himself responsible for saving another. Salvation is a work of God. “Except…

  • Quotes

    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…

  • Doctrine & Theology

    If Not for Amazing Grace

    In talking with a friend recently, I was reminded of a reality that does not strike me often enough. Though this truth crosses my mind almost daily, even such frequency fails to unfold its full and total greatness. There but for the grace of God, go I. No, this is not Scripture. Rather, it is said to be a quote from John Bradford. When others sin, godly men see what they themselves were before conversion; or what they would have been– but for the restraints of God’s grace. Bradford, an eminent servant of Christ, seeing a criminal led to execution said, “There goes John Bradford–but for the grace of God!”…