Reverence vs. Pick and Choose (August 17)

Reverence vs. Pick and Choose (August 17)

The idea that God has the right to govern everything about us is hard for us to swallow. But if God is indeed our Creator, we are not free to sit in judgment on His laws. The truth must be embraced and acted upon. Not just some of it, but all of it.

The Essential Truth about God’s Son (August 16)

The Essential Truth about God’s Son (August 16)

The “teaching of Christ” is a teaching we must “abide in” if we hope to be saved from our sins (2 John 9). And whatever else the teaching of Christ may include, it certainly includes the fact that He was the Incarnation of God, God in the flesh.

What If We Deny the Incarnation? (August 15)

What If We Deny the Incarnation? (August 15)

The entire gospel depends on the Incarnation. God could not have died an atoning death for our sins if He had not become a human being who was capable of being killed. So to leave this out of our “gospel” is to drain the gospel of its main meaning.

Which Sins Do We Preach Against the Most? (August 14)

Which Sins Do We Preach Against the Most? (August 14)

Hatred comes straight out of hell. Sexual sin is an abomination that will damn your soul, but if things like pride, anger, and selfishness are in your heart, you are already farther down the road to hell than if lasciviousness was your only problem.

God’s Wrath Is a Part of His Character (August 13)

God’s Wrath Is a Part of His Character (August 13)

In Christ, we are assured of being protected from the wrath that will be poured out on the rebellious and disobedient. But even in Christ, we must not fail to take God’s wrath seriously. There are none among us who don’t need to be warned.

The Value of the Gospel Is in the Resurrection (August 12)

The Value of the Gospel Is in the Resurrection (August 12)

The gospel’s value does not lie in its power to remove the difficulties of this life; its power is the promise of resurrection to eternal life (1 Peter 1). May God help us, against the spirit of our age, to put the emphasis where the apostles put it.

If God Commands It, We Can Be Courageous (August 11)

If God Commands It, We Can Be Courageous (August 11)

As you consider obeying the gospel, many of the “what ifs” will be frightful. I won’t insult you by saying that your path will be easy. But this much I know: if God commands it, it can be done. Our prayer is not for ease but for boldness.

Faith: What End Is It Meant to Have? (August 10)

Faith: What End Is It Meant to Have? (August 10)

Heaven is the reason why people become Christians. At least, that’s what life in Christ was about in the apostolic age. Its “end” or intended goal was not a better world right now — it was, as Peter saw clearly, “the salvation of your souls.”

What About the ‘churches of Christ’? (August 9)

What About the ‘churches of Christ’? (August 9)

Yes, by all means investigate the “churches of Christ.” But when you visit, you’ll need to look deeper than the name and ask lots of questions. That designation expresses a noble idea, but a congregation is not “of Christ” just because it says it is.

Wanting to Associate with Faithful Disciples (August 8)

Wanting to Associate with Faithful Disciples (August 8)

As you look for a faithful congregation, don’t be misled by the attractions of entertainment masquerading as religion. You’re searching for the Lord’s people, so “examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

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