Moral reforms are excellent in themselves, but they are dangerous if we rest in them. Let even a corpse be washed, but let no man dream that the most careful washing will restore it to life. “ Ye must be born again”—Spurgeon

in Theology & Salvation

A Collection of Predestination Passages

New Testament Passages and Red-Letter Passages

People commonly talk about destiny in popular culture. On shows like American idol the contestants commonly talk about belonging on the stage, as if it was written in the stars. There’s a fascination with fortune tellers and horoscopes in order to discover our destiny. In a more common way, when we run into people in the most unlikely of places we have a heightened sense of a God who is able to orchestrate such things to happen.

The Scripture talks about destiny; the theological term used to describe this is predestination. God has predestined that people will follow a particular path of redemption. This is knowledge that is uniquely in the mind of God. We cannot open a fortune cookie and see that we are on that path; but for all that are on that path there comes a particular time that you are aware that you are on that path. There comes a time when the Jesus on the pages of the Bible is no longer simply a good teacher. For those who God has predestined, there comes a time when Jesus becomes your personal Lord and Saviour; a time when you are born not of the flesh, but of the Spirit.

It is very powerful to look at a collection of Scripture on a particular subject in order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for what the Bible teaches about a particular subject. I’ve gathered here a collection of passages that speak about predestination. The Bible is full of God’s sovereign work of predestination; there are Scripture passages from the Old Testament and the New Testament. The collection here shows passages from the New Testament, some of them are interpreting events in the Old Testament. There are also passages of Jesus words that he spoke and taught during his earthly ministry.

in Family & Parenting

Jonathan Edwards & Family Time

A Great Man Who Should Me Imitated In The Home

Jonathan Edwards was one of those great men of God who not only labored intensely for the care of people’s souls, but also had a home life that was exemplary.

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. ” (Heb 13:7)

Jonathan Edwards is certainly a man who’s faith we should imitate. I’ve included here, a section from memoirs of Jonathan Edwards that talks about his home life. Download the PDF in the endnotes section at the bottom of the article.

in Christian Living & Spiritual Disciplines

Guilt and Conviction Works for Good

A Means by which God Inclines Our Hearts to Him

When other people make you feel guilty about something you lack and some area of improvement; consider that they may have done you a favor. As we identify an area of our life as embarrassing, as we look at the ugliness of the shadows of our characters, our hearts become acutely aware of those areas we dislike and we are moved with desire to do something–make a change in our lives. This is one of the means by which God uses to sanctify us.

If you get mad, or desire to put distance between you and every person that upsets you, consider that you may be resisting the sanctifying work of God and that part of your path for growth includes coming to grips with the means that God uses to bring you close to Him.

in Christian Living & Evangelism

How Can Jesus Save You From Alligators?

A Creative Contextualization of the Gospel with Humor

The History Channel has a show called “Ax Men”, showing the lives of men who are logging in different areas of the country. In Florida’s Swanee river, there’s millions of dollars worth of cypress and pine that sunk to the bottom of the river 85 years ago when it was on the way to the mill. Swamp logging involves what amounts to treasure hunting for these logs in swampland that is infested with poisonous snakes and alligators.

in Theology & Salvation

Arminian Prayer

A Prayer That is Consistent With Arminian Doctrine

It is said that a great many Christians are Arminian, believing that man is morally capable of choosing Christ for salvation. I’ll write another article on the five point of Arminianism. Meanwhile, have you ever wondered what an Arminian prayer might sound like? Spurgeon masterfully crafted a prayer that is consistent with Arminian theology. Tell me if this sounds like you.

in Church & History

Roots of Arminianism

Liberalism & Unitarianism

Do you believe that God has given you the moral capacity to choose or reject Christ on your own free-will using human reason alone? You might be surprised where the roots of such thinking in this country began.

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