God’s Work For Us Versus In Us

In the grade exchange, Jesus does the work and we get the credit. He studies; we succeed. This is called justifying grace, where God works for us. However, there is another kind of grace that takes place when God begins to work in us. This is called sanctifying grace, where God indwells his people in […]

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The Grade Exchange

In our last post, we discovered that God requires perfection. But we have all failed the test… and miserably.  But there is hope!  This hope is what I call grade exchange. Here is how it works. I fail the exam and Jesus makes a perfect score. As the grades are being handed out, Jesus stands up and […]

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Freshly Broken

If you, like me, have been made freshly aware of and broken over the wretchedness of your sin, the video below from Ray Cortese is for you. If you, like me, are or have been in a state of blindness concerning your self-righteouss pride and hardness of heart, this message will not make sense now […]

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The Indwelling Spirit

  1 Corinthians 3:16, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 2:12, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” Listen to the message:  You may know that […]

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What About Works?

Listen:  This month, many Christians will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which was unintentionally, but effectively launched on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The protestant reformation was a rediscovery of grace, that reconciliation with God is […]

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Cur Deus Homo?

Cur Deus Homo was written by Anselm of Canterbury between 1094–1098 A.D. In this work he asks and answers the question of why God became man. Why he wrote Cur Deus Homo is answered in the preface to his work: I have been often and most earnestly requested by many, both personally and by letter, that […]

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Many of us are familiar with the WWJD acrostic that stands for What Would Jesus Do? The idea is that when faced with moral or ethical dilemmas, we should appeal to the example of Jesus. I have no argument against that. However, from my experience, I often fail to do what he would do. Sometimes, […]

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Listen to This

“Faith comes by hearing…” ~ Romans 10:17 In the Preface to Martin Luther’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians, he writes about the necessity to preach and believe the doctrine of justification (passive righteousness), constantly preaching it, teaching it, repeating it and living by it as the way to walk with Jesus. There is a […]

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Raising Empty Hands of Faith

These quotes comparing justification and sanctification are from one of my favorite books, True Spirituality, by Francis Schaeffer.  “In justification, the basis is the finished work of Jesus Christ; in sanctification, it [also] is the finished work of Christ. In justification, we must see, acknowledge, and act upon the fact that we cannot save ourselves. […]

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Faith and Miracles

Last night I taught on Galatians 3:1-14 for the Sunday Night Fellowship of Creekstone UNG students. This morning, I marinated my heart in that passage again, and am glad that I did. In verse 5, Paul says, “Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or […]

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The Gospel Rocks

Journalist Piers Morgan interviewed radio shock-jock Howard Stern in January, 2011. At one point in the interview, Morgan brought up Stern’s relationship with his father, asking, “How often does [your father] say to you, ‘Great show, Howard’?” Even though you couldn’t see Stern’s eyes because of the dark glasses, the pain in his heart was […]

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Sermon Notes for Sept. 23, 2012

Series: “Wrong Way: 4 Unexpected Principles that Will Turn Your Life Around”  The first principle… “Weakness is not a Liability”; the second: “The Greatest is the Servant,” the third: “Living Requires Dying” —> Today, “The Bad are In, but the Good are Out” Because of a fruit-based diet experiment in August, I learned how to choose/pick good […]

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Choice Words

When I blow it, there are some choice words that I expect to hear.  You are a failure. Why can’t you get it right? You always let me down. You are a disappointment. Those are law words. Thankfully, in the gospel, there are other choice words spoken by Jesus: “It is finished and you are […]

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