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Death
October 15, 2017

Sola Gratia

Sola Gratia

The Protestant Reformation was driven by the conviction that the cause of salvation was the grace of God alone apart from any human merit. This grace is necessary because we are born into a fallen condition and incapable of being or doing anything that pleases God. But the beauty of grace is evident in the […]

March 27, 2016

Easter Explained

Easter Explained

The empty tomb on Easter morning demands an explanation to what happened to Jesus’s body. The evidence left on the scene leaves us with no alternative but to consider that Jesus actually rose from the dead. And when the Bible is read from this perspective, it transforms everything in life and frees us from our […]

November 29, 2015

The Hour of Glory

The Hour of Glory

In the wake of Jesus’s astounding miracle in the previous chapter, John 12 describes for us Jesus’s hour of glory. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, a large crowd gathers to welcome him as their king. This time Jesus accepts their welcome, riding into Jerusalem in triumphant victory. But the triumphal entry takes a surprising turn when Jesus […]

November 8, 2015

The Resurrection and the Life

The Resurrection and the Life

The raising of Lazarus from the dead is one of the most spectacular miracles of Jesus recorded in the Gospels. While this miracle was instrumental in many people becoming believers in Jesus, its primary purpose was to deepen faith in Jesus’s own disciples. Jesus demonstrates why the Christian can face the shadow and even the reality […]

September 6, 2015

Real Disciples

Real Disciples

Jesus addresses those who believed in him, calling them to be his real disciples by continuing in his word. Those who do so receive freedom from their slavery to sin, a place in the family of God, and a real hope that transcends the threat of death.

August 23, 2015

Following Jesus Out of the Darkness

Following Jesus Out of the Darkness

By saying that he is the light of the world, Jesus has made another audacious claim. He guarantees that all who follow him will never be consigned to the darkness of death. But how can we know if his claim is true? What evidence does he provide to back up his claim? The strongest evidence […]

April 12, 2015

The Word of Life and Light

The Word of Life and Light

The Prologue to the Fourth Gospel is a snapshot of all that John wants to say in this book. In order to convince his readers to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, he begins by focusing on Jesus’s true identity. This gives Jesus the authority to invade the world of humanity […]

April 5, 2015

After Death

After Death

We are all trying to beat death. Or at least we’re trying to fight it off as long as we can. Eventually we accept the fact that at best we can enjoy a relatively long life, but not an endless one. Or can we? One of the Bible’s most astounding promises is the promise of […]

March 29, 2015

After Life

After Life

Christians, like most people, do not enjoy talking about death. And when we do, we often don’t do so in a distinctively Christian manner. Much confusion abounds about what happens after life, when death steals away the ones we love. The Apostle Paul instructs us how to think rightly about death. We will know how […]

March 15, 2015

True or False

True or False

The Ninth Commandment calls for God’s people to tell the truth. Truth is central to God’s character and he demands his people to be characterized by it as well. But this commandment is about much more than not telling lies. We are to speak the truth because the truth carries with it enormous power. This […]