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No Merit of My Own

No Merit of My Own

Look closely, phrase by phrase, at the implications of this pivotal statement: But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. — Romans 3:21-22 “But now… is

The World Upside Down

Scripture Reading: Acts 17 The apostle Paul had absolute confidence in the power of the gospel. He devoted his whole life to the proclamation and defense of the gospel. His statement in 1 Corinthians 2:2 distills his whole philosophy of ministry in one short sentence: I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ,

The Work of Christ

  We Are Reconciled to God… Through Christ Today’s evangelicals often speak about the gospel as if it were a means of discovering one’s own purpose, a message about how to have a happy and prosperous life, or a method of achieving success in one’s relationships or business. In the minds of many, the best

Justice and Grace

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! — Romans 9:14 Have you ever considered the stark contrast between Judas Iscariot and the thief on the cross? One was a close disciple of Jesus Christ and gave three years of his life to the best, most intensive religious instruction available anywhere.

The Single Greatest Event in History

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is so foundational to Christianity that no one who denies it can be a true Christian. Without resurrection there is no Christian faith, no salvation, and no hope. “If there is no resurrection of the dead,” Paul explained, “then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty

Matthew-6-33

Pharisees, Hypocrites, and Us

How did the Pharisees hear Jesus’ call to perfection? The Pharisees believed that their best would be good enough for God – especially if they adorned their religion with as many carefully crafted ceremonies and rituals as possible. That’s where all their trust and all their hope for Heaven lay. They of course formally recognized that they, too, were imperfect, but they

John 5:24

Jesus, Equal With God

John 5:19-47 JN – Then Jesus answered and said to them, “ Most assuredly, This is an emphatic way of saying, “I’m telling you the truth.” in response to Jewish hostility at the implications of His assertions of equality with God, Jesus became even more fearless, forceful, and emphatic. Jesus essentially tied His activities of healing on

John 11:22

Raising the Dead and Feeding the Five Thousand

Jesus raised His friend Lazarus from the dead. What was significant about the words of the dead man’s sister Martha when Lazarus still lay in the grave? When Jesus heard the news of His friend’s death, He delayed going to the grave. (The delay of four days ensured that no one could misinterpret the miracle as a fraud

John 5:8

Jesus Heals

Jesus Heals a Leprous Man Matthew 8:2–4; Mark 1:40–45; Luke 5:12–16 LK — And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face Luke’s emphasis suggests this was an extremely serious case of leprosy. Lepers were considered ceremonially unclean

Mark 1:17

Jesus Calls the First Four Disciples

Matthew 4:13–22; Mark 1:16–20; Luke 4:31a (Matthew) MT — And leaving Nazareth Some time elapsed between Matthew 4:12 and Matthew 4:13. Jesus’ stay in Nazareth ended abruptly when He was violently rejected by the people of Nazareth, who tried to murder Him (see Luke 4:16–30). (Luke) LK — He went down MT — and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea,

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