The gospel is not hard to understand. For many, it is hard to accept.
- It requires us to surrender to the Lordship of Christ.
- It demands submission to the reign of God.
- The gospel calls us to follow the guidance of the Spirit.
Many are not willing, but they disguise their stubbornness with subterfuge, saying that the terms of the gospel are murky, restrictive, or intolerant. But he is intolerant who will not submit his will to the Lord’s.
The gospel offers unequaled blessing, but to receive that blessing it places upon us no less an obligation that the total surrender of self.
But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Matthew 8.22 NET
A senior director of Planned Parenthood was caught on tape explaining how abortion doctors took care to preserve organs of children they were aborting, in order to take advantage of a high market demand. Late-term abortions are sought in order to harvest the organs. Continue reading “Your neighbor’s life at stake”
This was the question I received today from someone hostile, as far as I can tell, to all forms of faith in God. Here is what I answered: Continue reading “‘What is different about your faith?’”
Why the big to-do over what happens on a cable TV channel? Because Americans are obsessed with non-reality. To most of the world—and to most saints around the world—it’s a non-issue. Wake up, people. Let’s get busy doing the real work of announcing the kingdom of God. This is reality.
• This is not the world we want for our children and grandchildren. No place on earth is the place we desire for them. We want a new heavens and a new earth, that is, a heavenly realm. “Lord, come quickly.” Continue reading “No big to-do and other not-so-random thoughts”
One of the best arguments for evangelism as the task of every Christian comes from the image of the Christian’s armor in Ephesians 6. The NRSV states it very nicely: “As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace,” v. 15.
Every Christian needs every piece of the armor. Paul says it twice, for emphasis: Continue reading “Ready and eager with the gospel”
This morning Rafael and I finished up our studies together to prepare him for baptism on Saturday at our area get-together. (It’s not a holiday in Brazil today.)
I’m grateful that the gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to touch and change lives. Continue reading “Thankful today for the gospel of Christ in evangelism”
So that we can submit to God’s authority, be holy as he is holy, and fulfill his mission in the world, we have God’s power to give us all the strength necessary.
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for his sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel.
2 Timothy 1.8 NET Continue reading “By God’s power”
Religion turned into market, appealing to the lowest passions. People look for churches that allow them to continue in sin or that feed their greed. These churches are not of God and do not lead to salvation.
And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) — when you believed in Christ — you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1.13 NET Continue reading “Gospel of your salvation”
Others have causes they contribute to and fight for. Christians have the gospel. It is not their cause, but their life. Causes can be adopted and abandoned, as the need arises, as circumstances dictate. The gospel remains as man’s only hope. Continue reading “For the gospel’s sake”