Matt Redman S.W.I.M. Quote

March 1, 2013 at 9:45 am | Posted in Quotes, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still.

Matt Redman, “You Alone Can Rescue”

But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Psalm 59:16

And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:1-5

Are You Struggling?

February 18, 2013 at 10:13 am | Posted in Biblical Violence, Matthew, Salvation | 4 Comments
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And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Matthew 11:12

Are you struggling to believe the truth about your sin? You need to know that the Bible says that your sin is against God (Romans 3:23; Psalm 51:4), and that God, Who is just, righteous, and holy, will not let your sin go unpunished.

Have you faced the truth about eternity? Your life here on earth will not be the extent of your existence. Your soul is going to leave your body when you die, and you are going to face God, Who will either welcome you into Heaven or cast you into hell.

Do you find it difficult to believe the Bible’s promise that the gift of salvation is a free gift that you must receive by grace through faith alone? You cannot earn it or pay for it or add anything of your own merit to it, and you do not deserve it.

If you are struggling with any or all of these truths, do not give up. Believing in Christ can be a time of violent struggle for many people. You will either struggle violently to get away from the drawing power of the Holy Spirit, or you will submit and be drawn to repent of your sin, and trust Christ. You may even be struggling violently against your own pride, or peer pressure, or some lie which has led you to believe you don’t need a Savior because you are not in trouble.

The fact is we are all sinners. We all deserve God’s wrath. None of us deserve to go to Heaven.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 16:16

The Kingdom of Heaven will suffer (“put up with”) your violence if you have the attitude of a desperate sinner in desperate need of a Savior. Salvation is a gift that Christ offers to you, but an offer alone does not make a gift. An offer must be received to be a gift. Will you receive it today?

The Danger of Horoscopes

January 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
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As people prepare for a new year, many will seek guidance in their spiritual lives in horoscopes, psychic advisors, and all manner of foolishness. The Bible warns us of being spoiled by the “rudiments of the world.” (Colossians 2:8) These rudiments include things which occur sequentially in nature, such as the periodic alignment of the stars, planets, and the moon.

Believers on the Lord Jesus Christ should not meddle with mystical or occult practices. We trust in Christ, and Christ alone, for the salvation of our eternal souls. What idiocy it would be to seek counsel or advice by any means other than Biblically-sanctioned doctrine.

The Bad News and the Good News

September 23, 2009 at 11:40 am | Posted in Salvation | 14 Comments
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Take a moment to consider the way you live your life. Do you find yourself trapped in the same sins day after day? Do you feel like you simply can not change? Are you truly miserable because of this condition? If so, there is some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that, even though you may be able to walk, talk, breathe, and think, you are in fact spiritually dead in your trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1) You are under the power of the devil and you have no choice but to obey his spirit, and to disobey God. (Ephesians 2:2)

But here is the good news! You do not have to stay in this condition! God is rich in mercy and love, and He sent Someone to take your place, to pay the price for your sins, to set you free, and to give you eternal life.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:4-5

If you are tired of being defeated and miserable in your sins, admit the truth about yourself to God and call upon Jesus Christ right now to save you, believing the truth about Who He is and what He has done.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts 4:12

Defining “Impossible”

April 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Mark, Salvation | 7 Comments
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One day, the disciples of Jesus were shocked at His teaching in a way that they could not measure. They said,

Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Mark 10:26-27

One of the great privileges of being a true Christian is letting people know that no work of man is good enough to earn entrance into Heaven. Only the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ can save someone’s soul.


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