Barabbas or Jesus?!

Last week as I studied the closing verses of John 18 I encountered something that I have not noticed before.  The Gospel writers tell us that Pilate gave the people a choice—they could choose Jesus, the King of the Jews, or they could choose Barabbas—a murdering thief.  Now, I’ve read that passage for years, but […]

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Imputation and Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Perhaps one of the great issues at stake with the discussion of penal substitutionary atonement is that of imputation.  How can sinful man become righteous?  The Bible speaks of God imputing the righteousness of Christ into us as we respond to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His subsequent resurrection. Wayne Grudem says there are […]

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A Keyhole Glimpse of the Glory of Heaven!

I’ve been preparing for Sunday’s message from John 14:1-3 and I am reminded again of the beauty of heaven and the fact that it is by grace alone that I am going there.  Jonathan Edwards said,  “To go to heaven to fully enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.  Fathers and […]

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Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed!

There are times when I come out of my study of God’s Word overwhelmed with what God has shown me.  Today has been one of those times and all I could think to utter are the words of Isaac Watts,   Alas and did my Savior bleed and did my Sovereign die? Would He devote […]

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The Gospel in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

One of the problems with modern Bible preaching and teaching is that we teach the stories of the Bible as stories that are stories unto themselves and we never seem to get to the bottom of the matter.  What I mean is we never get the words of the Word of God all the way […]

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I CHOOSE GRACE!

Recently I’ve faced a situation in my neighborhood that has really caused me to stop and consider the power of the Gospel and the need for God’s grace.  While Kim and I were at the beach our girls came running to us saying, “Mom, Dad! A sex offender is moving into our neighborhood!”  After a […]

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Oct 27, New Creations or Washed Pigs?

While I was traveling to Kenya and back home I read The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Phillips.  In the book he spoke of regeneration and said, “Without regeneration, God would just be hosing off the pig and watching it head right back for the muck.  With regeneration, the pig is no longer a pig.  God […]

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