“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4 How do we walk in the truth? What sets us apart? The world has one answer, but we follow the answer given by God. * Was James mixing law and grace? Did he disagree with Paul? * Terry calls about salvation. What does it mean?
* Dustin is struggling with repentance and Jesus appearing to him in a dream.

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Does God Hate?

“As it is written, Jacob I loved, Esau I hated” (Romans 9:13). Paul actually uses this passage from Malachi to make a point about the gospel message given to us through Christ Jesus. Does God hate? That doesn’t make sense in light of all the statements in the Bible that God is love. For clarification, listen to this short 10 minute clip!

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Only One Jesus

How can we stand against the current? What are the practical ways to live in this world. “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 3:11-12 There’s only Jesus. The Jesus of the Bible. * Does a woman need a man or does man need a woman? Hope that makes sense.
* Do we just acknowledge our sinful state and thank God for what He has already done?
* How should the statement of Jesus to the disciples that, “If we do not forgive we are not forgiven,” should be explained?

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Test the Spirits

We’re going to look 1 John today and how we stand out in this world today. John narrows it down to one topic. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1-3
* What does Matthew 15:24 mean? “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” * Clay calls to comment on 1 John 4:2 and Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

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Rescued from Darkness

How do we stand out as believers in Christ in the culture of confusion. Paul looks at that in 2 Corinthians 5:20 “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” We are representatives of the Kingdom of God. We are make an appeal to people to be reconciled to God. * What do say to those who insist that you need to be baptized to be saved?
* There are “so many ways to be saved”. But who is preaching the right Gospel? I just want to know that I am saved. * What does the Bible say about lawsuits?
* My other biggest challenge is that we are not even encouraged to give to the poor. Isn’t it okay to take part of that offering and give it to someone in need? * Is there evidence of salvation?

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Simple Gospel, Simply Grace – Part 15

Forgiveness is ours because of Jesus Christ’s finished work at the cross. Forgiveness is the door to experience freedom in Christ, to actually flourish as a believer. There is lots of confusion about forgiveness causing Christians to continue to struggle with sin and guilt and to wonder if they are truly forgiven. Confusion on this fundamental truth hampers every other aspect of Christian life. Let’s get clear about what the cross means to you. John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

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Invest in The Gospel

Happy birthday to the boss – Bob Christopher!
* Invest in the good news of Jesus Christ. The death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus. It’s always good to invest in the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. * Who is Hebrews 6:4 referring to?
* Is salvation or eternal security conditional?
* Web asks what does Jeremiah 31:22 – “women will surround a man” – mean? * Can you explain the parable in Matthew 25:14-30?

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Preparation for Pentecost or a Special Gift? (John 20:21, 22)

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. Is this when the apostles received the Holy Spirit? How could they receive it again 50 days later at Pentecost? Richard explores this hard passage.

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What Makes Us Different

How do we go against the current. How do we stand out in the culture? One thing that really distinguishes us is the New Covenant. But for many the phrase New Covenant seems boring or theological. Why is the New Covenant so important to us today? It’s the Gospel of grace that was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
* Brad calls about 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 as the description of the Christian life.
* Mary Jo asks about Romans 7:19 “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” * How are we to be reconciled to God? 2 Corinthians 5:20
* Can you explain 1 Peter 5:7?

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More Powerful Than Death

The lynchpin of the Gospel is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No one has put off the perishable and put on the imperishable other than Jesus. That’s what he did. Mary was the first witness to his resurrection. And his disciples soon after. Paul was arrested for his belief in the resurrection. “Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?” Acts 26:8 * What is a true conversion?
* Will there be a trumpet sound to the hearing of everyone when Christ comes to rapture the church?

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