• Free to Choose Freedom

    | Aug 21, 2019
    I wish I could guarantee all of us full freedom from sin 365 days a year, but that is not possible—not so long as we are earthbound. Perpetual sinlessness . . . will not be ours to enjoy until we are given glorified bodies and we are at home in heaven.
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  • When God Says Do or Don't

    | Aug 20, 2019
    Now you say, ''Well, what if we find a list of dos and don'ts in Scripture?'' That is a very different issue! Any specified list in Scripture is to be obeyed without hesitation or question. That's an inspired list for all of us to follow.
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  • Free to Eat, or Not

    | Aug 19, 2019
    A funny thing happened to me recently. One of the sound-and-light people at the church where I pastor (a real character!) heard me teach on the subject of freedom. A couple of weeks later he pulled a gag on me.
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  • Grace and Freedom

    | Aug 18, 2019
    With all this talk about grace and liberty, perhaps it's time for me to clarify something. Some may be asking: Doesn't liberty have its limits? Shouldn't folks restrain their freedom and occasionally hold themselves in check? Yes, without question.
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  • Claiming Our Freedom from Sin's Control

    | Aug 17, 2019
    In the wonderful sixth chapter of Romans, Paul presents three techniques for living by grace, above sin's domination. I find each one linked to a particular term he uses.
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  • Four Antilegalistic Strategies

    | Aug 16, 2019
    Grace killers cannot be mildly ignored . . . You can no more allow legalism to continue than you could permit a rattlesnake to slip into your house and hide.
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  • Defining Legalism

    | Aug 15, 2019
    In contrast to yesterday’s thoughts on liberty, what does it mean to say that legalism puts people under bondage? Legalism is an attitude, a mentality based on pride. It is an obsessive conformity to an artificial standard.
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  • Defining Liberty, Part Two

    | Aug 14, 2019
    Without becoming needlessly academic, I want to define a term that I've been tossing around. What do I mean when I declare that the Christian has liberty? Essentially, liberty is freedom . . . freedom from something and freedom to do something.
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  • Defining Liberty, Part One

    | Aug 13, 2019
    Without becoming needlessly academic, I want to define a term that I've been tossing around. What do I mean when I declare that the Christian has liberty? Essentially, liberty is freedom . . . freedom from something and freedom to do something.
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  • Undeserving, Yet Unconditionally Loved

    | Aug 12, 2019
    Whatever he became, according to his own statement, Paul owed it all to ''the grace of God.'' When I ponder the words from that grand apostle, I come up with what we might call his credo.
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  • Practical Suggestions for Guarding Against Extremes

    | Aug 11, 2019
    Three suggestions come to mind as I think about living with the risks of grace and putting all this into balanced living. First, guard against extremes if you want to enjoy the freedom grace provides. Try your best to keep balanced.
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  • The Inescapable Tension

    | Aug 10, 2019
    Because of grace we have been freed from sin, from its slavery, its bondage in our attitude, in our urges, and in our actions. But having been freed and now living by grace, we can actually go too far, set aside all self-control.
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  • Alternatives to Grace, Part Two

    | Aug 09, 2019
    If I choose not to risk, if I go the "safe" route and determine not to promote either salvation by grace or a lifestyle of grace, what are the alternatives? Four points come to my mind, all of which are popular these days.
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  • Alternatives to Grace, Part One

    | Aug 08, 2019
    If I choose not to risk, if I go the "safe" route and determine not to promote either salvation by grace or a lifestyle of grace, what are the alternatives? Four points come to my mind, all of which are popular these days.
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  • The Risk in Grace

    | Aug 07, 2019
    Is grace risky? You bet your life it is. I am well aware that this issue of grace is indeed controversial; especially when I am calling for a new awakening to the freedom Christians have in Christ. A few will take what I write about grace and go crazy with it.
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  • Grace for the Sinful

    | Aug 06, 2019
    For the next few moments, graze slowly over this paragraph of truth recorded by Paul in the letter to the Ephesians. Take your time. Don't hurry.
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  • Bonus

    | Aug 05, 2019
    Most people I know look forward to payday. You do too, right? For a week, or perhaps a two-week period, you give time and effort to your job. When payday arrives, you receive a hard-earned, well-deserved paycheck.
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  • Grace Unlimited

    | Aug 04, 2019
    My plea is that we not limit grace to Christ. We, too, can learn to be just as gracious as He. And since we can, we must, not only in our words and in great acts of compassion and understanding but in small ways as well.
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  • Grace: A Many Splendored Thing

    | Aug 03, 2019
    We use grace to describe many things in life: a well-coordinated athlete or dancer; good manners and being considerate of others; beautiful, well-chosen words; consideration and care for other people.
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  • Understanding Grace

    | Aug 02, 2019
    What exactly is grace? And is it limited to Jesus' life and ministry? You may be surprised to know that Jesus never used the word itself. He just taught it and, equally important, He lived it.
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