How Free is Our Will?

Introduction:
When asked questions like – “Why did God even allow sin in the first place?” “Why does God save some people and not others?” “Why does God send people to hell?” “How come living life as a Christian can be so frustrating and difficult?” – both Christians and non-Christians tend to give the same type of answer. The automatic suggestion seems simple, “free will.” To a lot of people, that all they need. They reason to themselves and others: “Well, that makes sense I guess. Sure, if God does so and so it’s to ensure my free will. Okay, next question.” I suggest we call a time out right here and re-evaluate this very important subject.
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Small Town Judge

Small Town Judge

The Good Person test revealed our guilty condition before God. In John 14:6, Jesus discloses He is the only solution for our situation and the only way to the Father. The following analogy will clarify why Jesus’ payment for our sins was necessary and why it makes Him the only way for mankind to be saved.

Imagine you live in a very small town where there is only one judge, who is also your father. He is an ethical judge who always enforces the law. You are his favorite child. You help family and friends whenever they need it, get top grades in college, hold down a good job to support your young family and give to charity. Then one night you go out with friends and drink too much. On your way home you’re arrested for DUI and reckless driving. In one instant you are in big trouble with the law.
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Do Not Limit God Part Three

In parts, one and two of this series we touched on four ways that people can limit God: unbelief, maintaining a hardened heart, rejecting the will of the Father, and living a double life. One more way that people limit God is by failing to walk in love. This is no small issue, as this is a major component in the Kingdom of God. Without love, it is virtually impossible to do the things of God. In truth, everything God does for us is based upon His love. If one is having difficulty with ascertaining whether he is truly walking with God, a simple way he can do this is by examining where he stands in relation to love.
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Father, Where Were You?

I had a father who was my care-giver

But that role was meant for you.

I need a father for so many things

That should be coming from you.

Your shoulder was never offered for comfort,

You abandoned me, so I cried.

Your arms were never there to embrace,

You didn’t see the pain or felt the hurt inside.

I loved you but you didn’t love me back.

My eyes are red from the many tears I cried.

I prayed for you and hoped you were praying too.

I felt unloved. It left a void deep down inside.

My mind confused, not knowing what to do,

But these feelings haunt me:

‘Unwanted’ ‘Unloved’ ‘The outsider’ An ‘Outcast’ too.
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A Treasure Chest of Promises

A few days ago as I read John 14, I discovered that 21 of the 31 verses in the chapter contained promises made by Jesus. In fact, the total number of promises I found exceeded 40 with a few of them repeating themselves.

The promises of God in these chapters are certainly more than enough to excite and motivate every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. What makes it even more intriguing is the fact that the person making the promises, Jesus, is infallible and has a perfect track record. Therefore, we know that every one of His promises will be fulfilled.

Before Jesus revealed the promises within this chapter, He had to calm the chaos that was created on the inside of the disciples as a result of His revelations to them. He had just finished having His last meal with them. During that time He:
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Success and Spirituality

I used to not be able to blend spirituality and success. I know now that one does not necessarily contradict the other. There are many successful, Christian businessmen and women. God wants me to become all that I can for Him, and to maximize my effectiveness in the lives of others.

What do I mean when I speak of success? First of all, I am not saying that Christians should seek to be wealthy, however, there is nothing wrong with wealth as long as it is not used for selfish gain and purposes.

Let’s focus, for a moment, on the money aspect of success. I believed for a long time that Christians should not aspire to make a lot of money. An often-quoted verse was, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil…” (I Tim 6:10) This verse is one that has been misunderstood. People have used it in my life to support the teaching that it is wrong to make a lot of money. Notice the preceding context in verses 6-8. “But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” It talks about godliness and contentment. Therefore, this verse is saying that when someone loves making money without these two elements, then it is wrong. This misunderstanding contributed to my limiting and confusing beliefs.
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