Category Archives: Grace

How to Jump Start Spiritual Life

I have an aunt named Betty Jean who was married to a man named Bill. Bill passed away several years ago, but I’ll always be indebted to him for doing me a great favor one day. For some reason that … Continue reading

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Let Your Help Come From the Lord

I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2, N.K.J.V.) The heading for Psalm 121 informs us that this Psalm is … Continue reading

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The Little Boy & The Old Man

(The following story is my embellished version of the story “Twinkies and Root Beer” from an unknown author. The story was first published by Warner Press’ “Christian Art.” I started with the original, reworked it by adding quite a bit … Continue reading

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Transforming the Hardcore Sinner & the Addict

Hugh Price Hughes, an influential Methodist minister, was once challenged to a debate by Charles Bradlaugh, an atheistic political activist. Bradlaugh wanted Hughes to defend Christianity as being anything other than just a man-made religion based upon a fairy tale. … Continue reading

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God’s Hand & God’s Shoulder

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ (Isaiah 41:13, N.K.J.V.) The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He … Continue reading

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What Does God Do With the Christian’s Sins?

I recently ran across a little piece, entitled What Does God Do With My Sins?,  that was written to help the Christian feel thoroughly confident in his or her assurance of salvation. I liked the piece so much that I thought … Continue reading

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“Christian Verses” Podcast: Luke 23:34

In the new podcast Malcolm and I discuss Luke 23:34, where Jesus utters His famous, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” statement. That statement absolutely dripped with grace, and that grace wasn’t lost on one of … Continue reading

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No, We Don’t Preach “Easy Believism”

Baptists frequently get labeled with the accusation that we preach “easy believism.”  People say, “C’mon, there must be more to getting saved than praying a simple prayer in which you ask Jesus to be your Savior.” My response to that … Continue reading

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The Desires of Your Heart

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, N.K.J.V.) One popular interpretation of this verse contends that we shouldn’t take David’s words so simply and so literally. According to this … Continue reading

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Your Prayers Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Acts 12:1-19 records the story of Peter’s prison break. The story begins with Herod Agrippa I, the grandson of Herod the Great, having Peter arrested and incarcerated in a Roman prison in Jerusalem. Herod is feeling his oats because he … Continue reading

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