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Grace

God’s Grace, Free but not Unconditional

        “Grace” is one of the most frequently used biblical words. At the same time, it may be one of the most commonly misunderstood biblical words. Many religious people mistakenly believe that grace refers to something that is free but also something that is unconditional. It is true that the grace of God, by which we are saved, is free. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your…
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Words Matter

        According to research conducted at the University of Arizona and published in the July 6, 2007 issue of Science magazine, the average person, regardless of gender, speaks approximately 16,000 words per day. That results in 5.8 million words spoken annually and more than 400 billion words spoken over an average lifetime. Needless to say, that is a lot of words, and that number does not even include the words we write, type, text, or post! With so many…
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Whose Side Are You On

      Maybe you are familiar with the events that unfolded at the base of Mount Sinai in Exodus 32 when the Israelites worshipped a golden calf, and the original Tablets of the Testimony were shattered. As you reflect on that story, put yourself in it, and consider with which of the following three groups you would have been aligned. We’ll call the first group, the idolators. This group asked Aaron to make them an idol because they interpreted…
loveistheanswer

Love, Our Answer

      As I was taking a Christian Ethics class at a seminary, I proposed a term paper. My proposal was that “righteousness could be the answer to most of the questions of Christian Ethics.” The professor turned it down, saying, “You are saying my job is not necessary.” I still believe the thesis is true and what the Bible teaches. Since the subject of justice is prominent in this country, I would like to share this idea with…
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The Immutability of God

    Last Tuesday was the first day of autumn. That means for the past couple of weeks, we have witnessed the changing of the seasons. Temperatures have cooled and leaves are beginning their color transformation. And when leaves change colors, I am reminded of one of the most important yet easily overlooked characteristics of God. Scripture asserts that God is immutable. Immutability means that God does not and will not change. This is the attribute to which one of…
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A Dream We Are Fighting For

    In the Summer of 2009, one semester before finishing my first Bible degree at Freed-Hardeman University, my family was invited on a trip with the Korean ministers in the United States. That was my first time meeting with some ministers of the Korean churches of Christ. Most of them were retired from ministry or getting ready to retire. They were the first generation of the Korean churches of Christ ministers and their wives in the United States. They…
diversity-unity

Diversity Glorifies God

  The world is beautiful because it is diverse. People are beautiful because they are different. Nature would not be so beautiful if it were not so diverse. A beautiful chorus is impossible without various tones and colors of voices. All of this beauty comes from diversity, which God created. Thus, diversity is the design of God, and harmony among diverse creatures glorifies His name. A work that God assigned to His people is reaching unity in diversity through love…
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It Only Matters Who God Is

  In Exodus 3, God presented Himself to Moses via a bush that was burning without being consumed and commissioned him to be the individual who would lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt. Many would be excited to be chosen by God for such a special assignment, but not Moses. Instead of humbly accepting the task, Moses tried to find a way to get out of it.  His initial response was, “Who am I that I should go…
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What Is Hope?

There is a vast difference between the world’s definition of hope and the Bible’s definition of hope. The way the world tends to use the word “hope” comes across as if it is just a “wish” or a “desire,” something you want but lack the certainty of whether or not it will come to fruition. For example, a student might say, “I hope I pass my Calculus class.” What that student is actually saying is that he wants to receive…
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The Choices You Make

I recently watched the Harry Potter franchise of movies because I had never seen them nor read the books, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. One line in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets stood out to me. Professor Dumbledore, speaking to Harry, said, “It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” When it comes to choices, I think it is important for us to realize that there are some…
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Is Work Meritorious?

When I evangelize Koreans, the biggest barrier I encounter is Calvinism. Most Koreans come from a Calvinistic background, and the most common false teaching they believe is that salvation is by faith alone. This false teaching creates a problem because it causes them to falsely believe that they don’t have to live as a Christian should as long as they have faith. So, they claim to be a Christian and a member of the church, but their life is worldly…
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WAITING ON GOD

Sometimes the most challenging aspect of faith is waiting on God’s timetable. If you are like me, then in your impatience, you have asked God questions like these. Lord, when will You lead me to a better job? Lord, when will I not be single anymore? Lord, when will You bless our family with children?  Lord, when will I be well again? Lord, when will the grief subside? Lord, when will I get past this storm in my life? As…