Are You a Good Person?

Most of us think that we are good. I’ve talked to hundreds of people over the last few years at outreach events and about 95% respond in the affirmative to the question, “Are you a good person?” Almost all people believe God will accept them into heaven based on their personal goodness. Some reason, “Well,Continue reading “Are You a Good Person?”

God’s Life Insurance Policy

The first aspect of salvation, being delivered from the penalty of sin, is similar to life insurance. Because of Adam’s disobedience, we inherit his nature at birth. We are born physically alive but spiritually dead; separated from our Creator. To receive true life, one first must recognize that he or she is a helpless sinnerContinue reading “God’s Life Insurance Policy”

9 Things that won’t get you to Heaven

Christianity is confusing sometimes. The message is often convoluted or contradictory. One church says this. Another says that. It causes a lack of assurance in God and His word. It creates inner conflict about what is right. I remember listening to a popular evangelist who invited people to come to Jesus just as you are.Continue reading “9 Things that won’t get you to Heaven”

The Battle of Two Natures

When anyone is restored to the relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, his or her old sinful nature remains (Rom. 7:18). But God gives every believer a new nature. The two natures are contrary to one another and creates great conflict in the life of every believer (Gal. 5:17). The chart belows distinguishesContinue reading “The Battle of Two Natures”

The Reason for Christmas

To understand the purpose of Christmas, one must understand the predicament of man. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and on the sixth day He made man in His image. Male and female He made them. Would they trust their Creator? There was only one test – do not eat fromContinue reading “The Reason for Christmas”

Redeem the Time

As I walked at a nearby park, I remembered a similar day several years ago walking with a friend.  It was a day, if I recall correctly, in the spring.  A man on a motorcycle rode passed us on the entrance road and promptly made a U-turn exiting the park. He was clearly on aContinue reading “Redeem the Time”

Assurance of Heaven Book Excerpt 4 – The Gospel – What is it?

Most of us are taught from the time we are a toddler, if you are good, you will be praised. If you do well in school, you may be rewarded with a scholarship. If you work hard in your career, you will get a raise and may be promoted. Everything we know is based uponContinue reading “Assurance of Heaven Book Excerpt 4 – The Gospel – What is it?”

The Devil Made Me Do It!

Flip Wilson, a comedian, popularized that phrase back in 70s. It’s funny because we all would like to blame the wrong things that we do on someone else. But in reality we only have ourselves to blame. The devil doesn’t make us do anything. The prophet Jeremiah explained that the heart is “deceitful above allContinue reading “The Devil Made Me Do It!”

Does God Grade on a Curve?

Are you a good person? You’re probably better than me. The problem with thinking this way is you don’t get into the kingdom of heaven by being better than me. You have to be as good as God.  But many people think God grades on a curve. They are trusting in their good acts toContinue reading “Does God Grade on a Curve?”