What Is The New Covenant? Part 3

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33 In the last blog in this...

What Is The New Covenant? Part 2

In the previous blog, I introduced the new book I invested a significant portion of 2017 writing, New Covenant Life. The book will be available digitally later this month. My last blog introduced how the old covenant, which was given by God, failed to produce...

What Is The New Covenant?

I have spent the last several months working on the text of a book called, New Covenant Life available digitally this February. Why would I spend time writing on this topic? Isn’t there much already written on this subject? The answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ ‘Yes’ in...

Jonathan Edwards And His Resolutions

With the dawning of each New Year, it is natural that our minds drift towards the potential the next 365 days may hold for us. Things we had every intention of accomplishing last year and that were all but given up on by midyear, now challenge us to take hold of...

Values First, Then Goals

On Sunday, the individual house churches that make up our church discussed the importance of setting goals for the new year. I thank God that I am part of a church which challenges its members in spiritual development each year. Various plans for reading through the...

Can We Know For Sure?

One of the sweetest doctrines of God’s Word is the doctrine of assurance. It is the divine truth that a man or a woman who has truly repented and trusted Jesus alone for their salvation belongs to Him and possesses eternal life. Such assurance is critical to living a...

What Are Your Hands Filled With?

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.” John 1:1 I’ve been thinking a lot lately about old Simeon. Do you remember Simeon who only...

The Real Problem Is Within!

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28 For the past several weeks, I have had a plethora of...

Beautiful, But A Shadow

“But when Christ appeared as a high priest o the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation).” Hebrews 9:11 Israel is breathtakingly beautiful. Yesterday, we spent the morning and...

The Tragedy of the Ages

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. Romans 9:1 Since arriving in Israel two days ago, I began to experience what the apostle Paul speaks of in...

Has God’s Word Failed Regarding Israel?

In the 1980’s, while pastoring a small church in Florence, Alabama, I was invited to hear Benjamin Netanyahu lecture at a college near my home. He is currently Prime Minister of Israel but at the time was Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. I went and listened...

Prayer for Israel

“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” Romans 10:1 It has been over thirty years since I visited the land of Israel. The first time I went was in 1975, and I traveled on the same plane as Kathryn Kuhlman. I remember meeting...

The Fire Spreads

This Reformation Day I was reminded by a friend of the lasting fruit the mighty Reformation produced, much of which continues to be borne today. When we think of the Reformation, we almost inevitably think of the bright shining stars that dotted the landscape such as...

My Friend Kevin

I preached the memorial service for a dear friend this weekend. His name was Kevin, and our local church family has suffered a great loss with his passing. I was personally close to him and I miss him already. At his service, everyone who spoke basically said the same...

Soli Deo Gloria

In a certain sense, the final Sola of the Reformation sums up all the others. It is that salvation from start to finish is for the glory of God alone. Artists like Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel alluded to it to signify that what they composed was...

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

The Reformers also taught and proclaimed that salvation was by grace alone. Why is this sola so important? There are several reasons, but the main one is that it distinguishes the Gospel from every other religion on the face of the earth. For the Gospel is the great...

Sola Christus (Christ Alone)

Sola Christus was another one of the Solas of the Reformation. This reminds the faithful that Christ’s works alone accomplished human redemption. Only by his cross work, his resurrection and ascension were it possible for human sin to be forgiven. Luther, in comparing...

Sola Fide

“For by grace are you saved, through faith.” Ephesians 2:8 While Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) was arguably the most important of the Solas of the Reformation, Sola Fide (Latin for ‘by faith alone’) is a close second. While the Catholic Church taught human beings...

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