What is “casting lots” and should we practice it today to discern God’s will? In Acts 1, Judas’ replacement was determined by certain criteria. Only two men qualified. So they cast lots to determine who should take Judas’ place. Remember that Acts is a transitional book. In chapter 1, the Holy Spirit has not yet … Continue reading Casting Lots?
There is tremendous power in believing in others! When someone genuinely cares and believes in you, you excel. Several years ago a case study was conducted in a school. At the beginning of the school year, two third grade teachers were told crucial information about the class they would teach. One was told the students … Continue reading Believing in others
Timeless truths about salvation. In the middle of the three chapters (9-11) Paul addressed God’s sovereignty, he presents the clearest presentation of HOW someone is saved. He presents YOUR part of salvation. You must “confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord.” Confession is agreeing with God. It is not simply speaking words. It is not … Continue reading Crystal Clear
Timeless truth about the remnant being saved. While God sovereignly chose a nation to be set apart, He also chose the way of salvation. He set aside Israel and He predetermined that salvation would be by faith. So, only a “remnant” of those “chosen” were actually saved. Why didn’t all of Israel become saved since … Continue reading Israel’s Remnant
Timeless truths about bragging. With all the debate about HOW a person is saved, Paul clarifies and settles for all time the very nature of salvation in Romans 4. The entire book is written to explain the Gospel. Abraham is the perennial Patriarch of the Old Testament. How was he saved? He did nothing to … Continue reading Nothing to brag about…
Timeless truths about unchartered territory. Every single day of your life is unchartered territory. You may have the same routine every day, but you can only live one day at a time. Jonah’s life appeared totally routine. He was a prophet. He served God faithfully. That is until God called on him to do something … Continue reading Unchartered territory
Timeless truths about “ought not.” James clearly says that “these things ought not be this way.” What things? When brothers and sisters bless God and with the same tongue curse another person. Then he draws a startling conclusion: “Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?” That is a … Continue reading “Ought not.”