Heaven’s Makeover
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Heaven’s Makeover

Jesus said, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” This new birth is heaven’s makeover of the heart and soul. However, many professing Christians today have never been born again. They have varying degrees of outward morality and religion. But, they’ve never undergone that great change of heart. So...

False Salvation Exposed
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False Salvation Exposed

Jesus said, “Out of the heart of man proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, and blasphemies.” God’s salvation is to cure this root of evil: to change an evil heart into a clean, pure, holy heart. While there is only one true salvation, there are many systems that offer a false salvation. Several of these include...

One Thing You Lack
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One Thing You Lack

Do you believe in Jesus, but have no assurance that you’re saved? If so, it almost always boils down to one thing that you’re unwilling to yield to God. For example, Jesus said to the rich young ruler, “One thing you lack. Go, sell everything you have, and give to the poor, and you will...

More than Good News
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More than Good News

The gospel is more than good news that I just “believe.” Modern teachers let down both the requirements and benefits of the gospel. To them, salvation is from God’s wrath, and nothing else. And, to them, a verbal confession of belief will save you. But will this really save you from hell? What did the...

Two Altars (2008)
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Two Altars (2008)

While Ahab was King, the prophet Elijah prayed that God would bring judgment on Israel that would lead to repentance. This culminated in a showdown between two altars. The first: the altar of God. The second: the altar of Baal. Many Israelites prayed, wept, pleaded, and offered the sacrifice on the altar of Baal. But,...

No Strange Fire (2004)
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No Strange Fire (2004)

Nadab and Abihu consecrated themselves to God, then offered strange fire on the altar. As a result, God struck them dead. Similarly, in the New Covenant, Ananias and Sapphira consecrated themselves to God. As the apostle Paul says, they offered themselves as a “living sacrifice” for Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1-2). They received the baptism of...

The Mission of God’s People (2008)
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The Mission of God’s People (2008)

The church’s mission picks up where Jesus left off. As Isaiah 61 puts it, the church is, “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion” (v. 2-3a). But how we can proclaim this gospel...

The Hedge of God (2007)
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The Hedge of God (2007)

Have you consecrated yourself to God? If so, you will face the same temptation as Job. That is, the hedge of God that both keeps the devil out and keeps you in. When you come face to face with the reality, “I have nothing to show for my life. I can’t do anything for God....

No Salvation Without Service
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No Salvation Without Service

“Without holiness, no one will see the Lord,” says Hebrews 12:14. But did you know that holiness includes service for God? And that if your salvation doesn’t result in service, then you are not saved? Jesus Christ said, “For their sake I sanctify myself,” meaning, so that we could be sanctified. And he said, “Even...

The Hidden Path, Made Plain (2008)
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The Hidden Path, Made Plain (2008)

“Be of sin the double cure; save from wrath and make me pure.” This hymn reveals the glory of the new covenant. Though simple, this plain gospel is often obscured by confusion, excuses for sin, and false teaching. Simply, the ceremonial law of the Old Covenant could not make anyone perfect. But, the new covenant...