Teaching Notes: On The Sovereignty Of God

We know what we know about God because He revealed Himself to us. We find His revelation in His Word, the Bible. God reveals Himself to be the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and all life within the universe.

“Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” Deuteronomy 4:39

God also reveals Himself as our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble. Even if the earth is removed, and mountains are carried into the middle of the sea, and waters roar and are troubled, and mountains shake with the swelling, we will not fear. Why? Because we know God is in complete control.

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

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Teaching Notes: On God

I recently came across some large boxes in storage that contained some of my teaching notes from 40 years ago. As I looked through those notes, I wondered if and how my thinking about God had changed through the years. I had come to Christian theism from atheism, so the reality of God’s existence was the most exciting knowledge I had ever experienced.

What did I think about God in those early days of Christianity? What have I learned since then? What can I learn now from what I believed and taught then?

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Teaching Notes: On Teaching

“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” James 3:1

That Bible verse has bothered me for many years – as well it should. James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote a letter that hits followers of Christ hard, especially those who teach and lead. While that verse didn’t keep me from teaching the Bible, it has been a constant reminder of being careful about what I teach. Teachers will receive a “stricter judgment.”

That said, let me add that teachers who teach correctly also receive great reward. That reward includes pleasing God, being to the praise of His glory, and making disciples.

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 42)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17.

As we shared in our last article, the Apostle Paul told the Romans that “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.”  The meaning of “faith” in the Greek is a confidence based on trust in truth based on evidence. The “righteousness” of God is something He does based on the fact that He is “righteous.” The idea of “from” or “out of” “faith to faith” can be understood as moving from the origin of faith to the maturing of faith – a “faith journey.”

We now move to the last thought in Paul’s thematic statement – an idea that was centuries old even when the apostle wrote to the Romans 2,000 years ago.

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Thoughts of Grace for a New Year

As we approach another new year, we’d like to share some thoughts with you – thoughts based on God’s amazing grace.

And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” John 1:16-18

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Merry Christmas from the Angel Gabriel

Christmas really is a most wonderful time of the year, especially when we understand why. God has done great things for us, things we do not deserve. God has bestowed His great favor on us, even though we deserve His disfavor. Someone has said that God’s grace means our getting what we do not deserve and not getting what we do deserve.

We understand this clearly through special messages from the angel Gabriel.

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GraceLife on Kindle

gracelife-coverWe’re excited to announce that our GraceLife book is now available on Kindle!

Fifth Estate Publishing made the paperback version of GraceLife: Words of Hope and Encouragement available 8 years ago for the purpose of sharing the Gospel of Christ with people who need hope and encouragement in their lives. Both versions on Amazon.com include the Table of Contents and Sample Chapters.

We invite you to buy a copy for yourself and another to share with friends and family who need hope and encouragement in their lives.

Thank you!

GraceLife

 

Meeting Your Greatest Need

Every person on earth has the same basic needs: food, water, safety, clothing, lodging, and a purpose for living. Enter any culture and you’ll find men and women, boys and girls trying to find enough of each basic need to survive. But none of these is their greatest need.

The greatest need of every human being is to have a personal relationship with God! God created human beings for the purpose of having a close, loving relationship with Him. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, had that kind of relationship with God at the beginning of their lives, but it ended suddenly when they disobeyed God (Genesis 2 & 3). Their sin placed a barrier between God and humanity. Human beings would die in their sins and be separated from God forever, unless God did something to reverse the effect of sin. God had a plan to do just that and revealed it through His Word.

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 41)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17.

As we shared in our last article, “the righteousness of God is revealed” in the Gospel of Christ. That is the “judicial verdict, approval,” of Almighty God. Since God is Supreme, Sovereign and Perfect in this universe and beyond, His judicial verdict (approval) carries an absolute weight. There is nothing comparable to His approval.

We move now to the words “from faith to faith.” What impact does it have on our understanding of how “the righteousness of God is revealed”?

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 40)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17.

As we shared in our last article, the Gospel of Christ is the “power of God to salvation” for all the families of the world: Jew and Greek (Gentile). The Holy Spirit called out Paul and Barnabas from their local church ministry in Antioch, Syria to take the “gospel of Christ” to Jews and Gentiles and establish new local churches in many nations of the world (Acts 13:1-4).

We move now to the next part of Paul’s powerful statement about the “power” of the Gospel of Christ.

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