An Anatomy of Salvation

What are the conditions for eternal salvation according to the Bible? The verses that come immediately to mind are Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that...

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The Kingdom That is Above

Jesus faced Pontius Pilate, a vapid and insecure Roman leader. The Son of God had been turned over to the authorities, brought there by the leaders of His own people. The Jews feared this Man of mystery and miracles. His words were what bothered them most. He clothed His lessons...

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Gentleness That Makes Great

The message of Jesus slips through the cracks. It penetrates into places that we tend to think are closed and hostile because for the most part they are closed and hostile. Kings, queens, empires, and dominions tend not to appreciate challenges to their status. They like to be large and...

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Mastering Sin

Bill Alderson, Baltimore We are introduced to the concept of sin early in the Scriptures, in Genesis 3 with the fall of Adam and Eve. Their reaction to their sin was to hide (verse 8). Then in chapter 4, Cain has a face to face run-in with sin and his...

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Open Ears, Plain Words

“And they bring unto Him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech Him to put His hand upon him.  And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched his tongue; And looking...

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The Blood

“Sin does not overcome the blood; it is the blood that overcomes sin.” Lewis Sperry Chafer Sin comes touting a broad range of particulars, all originating from the ugly self-life of man’s cursed nature. Sin weighs in as big, monstrous, hideous, shocking, diabolical, subtle, sleazy, rebellious, or a thousand other...

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In This World, But Not Of It

In Matthew 17, tax collectors came to collect from Jesus and His disciples. They cornered Peter and asked him if Jesus complied with the rule. Peter answered, “Of course.” Then, he and the Lord had a discussion about the legality of the levy and their duty to pay up. Long...

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Revolution of Love

Mindy Stein, Berlin In the last few months, I found myself lost in a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions. Like almost everyone around the globe, COVID-19 brought in some strange, uncomfortable circumstances. It was difficult to stay grounded. While being plagued by an onslaught of digital chatter and drowned in...

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How Jesus Beat the Devil

Just after His baptism, Jesus was led into the wilderness under the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Savior spent 40 days there in prayer and fasting and in warfare with Satan. It was an extended season of temptation for the Son, of which we are given only a brief...

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The Place He Laid His Head

“…Foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Jesus spoke these words in answer to a certain scribe, a man of the Torah, a copyist who spent his hours with letters and words and pen and ink...

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