Archive for April, 2018

“While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.” Tim Keller

As we continue to study Romans 8, we explore one of the challenges to living a life of freedom and power… the problem of pain. How should we view seasons of struggles as Christians? What difference does Christ make in our lives verses the life of one who does not embrace Him? Should struggles be seen as devastating to our happiness or is there something deeper at hand that we can grab hold of and thrive? We invite you to join us as we dig deeper into these questions and more as we look at a life where we have “No Condemnation” in Christ Jesus!

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Romans 8: Adopted

Steven Curtis Chapman once wrote “Until we adopted…. I didn’t fully understand the depth of what Jesus has done for us… Without Christ, I was hopeless, without a future, without a name…Then Jesus came into my life, gave me hope and a future… He gave me a new name!”

As we take another step into Romans 8, (one of the most powerful books in the Bible) we will be looking at the truth of what it means to be adopted into the family of God, why it can be so hard to receive it, and how to move forward into living with the privileges and responsibilities of a child of the King! We are taking steps into how to experience and live in the kingdom of God today! We would love to have you join us as we continue this study.


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My wife sent me a video today that is moving around the internet. In watching it, it was a touching moment from a couple days ago where a little boy asks the pope if his father is in heaven. His father was an atheist but had all four of his kids baptized into the catholic faith.
I have had similar questions posed to me. I find and give comfort in the fact that while someone spent their life rejecting Christ’s gift of salvation and purpose, that we simply do not know if they come to Him before their passing. Like one of the other men on the crosses, I do know that any who cry out to Jesus, even in their final moments find eternity with Him.

However, this is not the answer the pope gave. The short answer was that even if the father never had the “gift of faith”, he did have his son’s baptized which means he was a good dad. He said only God knows who goes to heaven so if this man with a dad’s heart came face to face with God who has a dad’s heart, do you think that God would not let him come into heaven. The crowd yelled “no” and the pope said “Well, there’s your answer.”

My first response was to fact check the video. Here the pope is not speaking in English so I figured someone had added subtitles to make him say something he was not saying. I was saddened to find that this is not the case.

What the pope taught here is simply wrong and dangerous. Why? Because it is contradicts the Bible and if people believe it, they could completely miss heaven and a relationship with Jesus thinking that they are good and that’s what it takes.

Look at what the Bible says…..

“And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10: 17-18


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Do you struggle with guilt? Do you wonder if God could ever love you again? Are you growing weary of trying to get ahead and it never seems to work out? Have you given up on church?

We invite you to join us as we dig into what many say is the greatest chapter of the entire Bible together. Certainly, saying one chapter is better than all the others is argumentative but consider Charles G. Truebull’s thoughts when he says….

“The eighth of Romans has become peculiarly precious to me, beginning with “no condemnation,” ending with “no separation,” and in between, “no defeat.” This wondrous chapter sets forth the gospel and plan of salvation; the life of freedom and victory; the hopelessness of the natural man and the righteousness of the born again; the indwelling of Christ and the Holy Spirit; the resurrection of the body and blessed hope of Christ’s return; the working together of all things for our good; every tense of the Christian life, past, present, and future; and the glorious, climactic song of triumph, no separation in time or eternity “from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”


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