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    Eternal Security, Part Two

    Last week’s blog gave an overview of what it means to be saved, and those that are truly saved cannot lose their salvation. This week I’m going to talk further about the most prominent objection to eternal security, and why it isn’t biblical. The objection to the doctrine of eternal security, once saved always saved, is that many self-proclaimed Christians act one way in church or around other Christians, and act entirely differently in their day to day lives. Those who say salvation can be lost say that a Christian cannot live in the world and still be a Christian, so those who do have lost their salvation. And, there…

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    Eternal Security:Once saved always saved?

    The debate about whether or not a Christian can lose his or her salvation has gone on for centuries. Some denominations hold that once you’re saved, it’s forever. Others claim that you must keep up your Christian life, and if you backslide you’ve lost your salvation. The main claim against the doctrine of eternal security is that if you claim Christ as your Savior you can’t go on living a worldly life without losing your salvation. I’ve heard pastors state that the doctrine of eternal security is the work of the devil to cause people to fall out of grace. The supporters of eternal security say that the Bible says…

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    Defining Reality

    I’ve gone into what is real and what is not before, but I think reality needs to be defined further. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines reality as “The quality or state of being real”. Well, that’s not much help. Real is defined as “not artificial, fraudulent, theory or apparent: genuine.” OK, that’s even more confusing. How do you determine if something is genuine or not? My grandfather gave me a wallet for my sixth birthday. On the inside in small gold letters were the words “made of genuine artificial leather”. In other words, the wallet was made of fake leather. I thought that was hilarious! Real phony leather! I carried…

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    Universal Addiction

    Every person who has ever lived, is living or will be born in the future is an addict from birth. We are all addicted to the world because we are born into the world. It’s both a physical addiction out of necessity because we need food, water, air and shelter, and It is also a psychological addiction because the world is all we know at first. The years from birth to three are critical to a person’s development, and during those years we are not capable of understanding the seemingly abstract concept of God and the spiritual world. We hear about Him later, after all our priorities and world concepts…

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    WWJD?

    Some number of years ago I realized that as an ambassador for Christ I should live like him. That’s easy to say but I found out it’s a lot harder to do if you are really serious about living as the Bible instructs. It required a complete paradigm shift, a whole new world view. I constantly had to ask myself the question what would Jesus do (WWJD?) in all situations. That, for awhile, caused me no end of stress and frustration. I became irritated with myself on a daily basis, but I couldn’t let the stress and irritation show to others. I did a lot of praying during that time!…

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    How to Study the Bible

    Only one Bible exists. Therefore there should be only one church, or denomination. But there are more more denominations in the Christian church than Jimmy Carter has peanuts. There’s the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, Calvary Chapel, Baptist and many others. Each has doctrine that is different than the others. And within a denomination many sects exist. In the Baptist church, for example, there are Southern Baptists, American Baptists, Northern, Independent, Independent Fundamental Baptists and others. The doctrine of some, like Calvary Chapel and Baptists, are very close to what the Bible teaches. But others, like the Roman Catholic, stray a long way from biblical teaching. So, how can you…

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    Rivers of Water

    Psalm One has always been one of my favorites, if not my favorite psalm. There is so much promise in it, although the promise is conditional. To make it easy for those not familiar with the psalm, or who don’t remember it too well, I’m quoting it here from the New King James Version: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord., and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the…

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    Celebrity Satanism

    Celebrities are used to advertise almost any product on the market. We put so much credibility into celebrity status that we often buy a product just because some celebrity says they use it or endorse it, even though they are not experts on the type of product. And, often they don’t use it, they’re just being paid millions of dollars to do the commercial. Celebrity endorsement isn’t a reason to buy any product. And it certainly isn’t a reason to reject God. Satan also uses celebrity endorsements to further his agenda often without the celebrity’s complicity. Recently two less than credible publications falsely said that Miley Cyrus told fans that…

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    Volunteering, Part Two

    Volunteering is certainly biblical. The first century Christians set aside two disciples to serve food and do other domestic chores. They also cared for the elderly, infirm and those that could not care for themselves. The equivalent today is volunteering at food banks, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, rehab centers and other Christian nonprofit centers. Volunteering is a good way to find out what God’s plan for you is in this world if you don’t already know. You may have to volunteer in several places before you find where God wants you to be. And it may not be continuing to volunteer. He may want you to start your own ministry.…

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    Moving Forward, Part One

    The new year is here. We traditionally look back at the previous year to see what we’ve accomplished, and at the things that have happened. Some of this is fine, other looking back is not so good. It’s important to remember that the past is spent and cannot be retrieved nor altered. The old saying don’t cry over spilt milk is appropriate here, as there is no putting it back in the bottle. At the same time, I’ve looked back at where I was a year ago and quit being frustrated with my lack of progress in things I’m trying to accomplish. I realized that I’ve made more progress than…