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Persecuted Christians and the Psalms: Lessons We Can Learn

Posted on May 15, 2015 in Featured, Grace, Hope, Music, Persecution | 1 comment

by Arnfield Cudal   – (Kamran is a Pakistani pastor who I met in Thailand. This is his story.)   I am Kamran from Kasur, Pakistan. I was born into a Christian family and at age fifteen I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. Pakistan is an Islamic country and ever since childhood, I felt a vast difference between Islam and Christianity. Here the Muslim majority frequently harasses Christians, but we’ve learned to live under this oppression and accept that religious discrimination and intimidation is a normal part of our life. About eight years ago, I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Theology and began a small church on the street where our family and four other Christian families lived. According to the Pakistan Act of 1973, (religious) minorities are permitted to live their lives and practice their beliefs....

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Don’t Let Your Heart Be Troubled

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Discipleship, Hope | 0 comments

by Leon Johnson – Let’s consider John 14:1-11. In the TV game Jeopardy, you guess letters until you can guess the word or phrase, they give you a hint to get you started.  One of those hints is “before and after.” Verse 1 of Chapter 14 is like that.  It goes with what was said before and it goes with what is being said after it.  Let’s look at 13:33: 33 “Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You shall seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, I now say to you also, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples,...

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When Your World Crashes Down

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 in Death, Grace, Hope, Suffering | 1 comment

by Mark McGinniss and Rod Decker – These articles (Rod’s and Mark’s) were birthed from a conversation they had in Rod’s study as they shared their journey of suffering. When Rod was diagnosed with aggressive cancer, Mark stopped by his study and mentioned that Rod certainly had it worse than he. But Rod quickly turned it and compassionately shared that he would be delivered far earlier from his suffering than Mark. From this transparent conversation between two colleagues and friends, they share their intimate journeys of suffering so others in the body of Christ might find solace and peace as they share the same or similar paths.   I Am Not Afraid to Die; I Am Afraid to Live by Mark McGinniss – A strange sentiment for a Christian. Christians can face death confidently knowing the reality of enjoying God’s...

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What’s Wrong With Lordship Salvation?

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in Gospel, Grace, Hope, Salvation | 13 comments

by Andy Woods – Lordship Salvation is the idea that an unbeliever must commit all areas of his life to Christ as a condition for being saved. Another way of articulating Lordship Salvation is, “if Jesus is not Lord of all then He is not Lord at all.” Lordship Salvation began to significantly enter the American evangelical community in the 1980’s through the ministries of various prominent theologians and pastors. The movement began with the well-intentioned concern to address too much carnality in the Christian world. However, the proposed solution to this legitimate concern was to increase the sole requirement for salvation in an attempt to argue that carnal Christians were never really saved in the first place since they had never initially yielded to Christ’s Lordship. Sugar Land Bible Church does not believe in or teach Lordship Salvation. For example,...

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Thoughts on Thessalonians: The Difference Between Night and Day

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 in Bible, Hope, Spiritual Formation | 0 comments

by Robert Wren – As I sit down to write this, I do so as someone who has been changed by my interaction with the Word of God.  This has not been a once-for-all type of change, but rather an ongoing change that is constantly affected and reinforced each time that I commit to go further in study for the purpose of knowing what God has said…and it is study, not the causal reading that used to pass for study.   Somewhere along the way I became a believer.  Before, I had the trappings and baggage of a religion; now I have the promises of God that are all fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.  Some might say a subtle difference, but I know it to literally be the difference between night and day. In the last five verses...

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God as Administrator

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Hope, Salvation, Spiritual Formation, Theology | 0 comments

by Daniel Goepfrich – Recently at Oak Tree Church I taught on Ephesians 1:7-12, emphasizing the freedom we gain through Christ’s salvation. However, in this passage there is an important phrase that I did not have time to address. Paul wrote:     In him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. He did this when he revealed to us the secret of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ– the things in heaven and the things on earth. In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one...

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