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Through Faith… What Does The Bible Say?

Sunday---What-Does-The-Bible-Say-GraceEphesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” 

These were two of the first verses I memorized as a young Christian.  I was eager to share my faith and the truth that we cannot save ourselves through good works was a critical part of the message.  Most of us are familiar with these verses.  And they get thrown around a lot in theological discussions. 

“It’s not by works!  Salvation isn’t by works and sanctification isn’t by works either!  Its’ all grace-it’s not by your works!”

And that’s true, as far as it goes.  But the discussion is often left very incomplete because the very next verse in Ephesians 2 is left out of the passage.  Verse 10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

So we are emphatically not saved BY good works.  But while we’re pontificating on that great truth, let’s not forget another one:  though we’re not saved BY good works, we are most definitely saved FOR good works.

Theologians will argue forever over the part good works play or don’t play in our spiritual growth.  But the undeniable fact is that we are saved for the purpose of doing good works in Christ’s name. 

Take whatever theological stand seems right to you, but at the same time—get to work.

 

 

 

Hey Little Buddies ~ Where Did The Beach Go?

Its-Unlce-Rick-beachHey, little buddies!

Our family just got back from a vacation at the beach. Fun!  But this year there wasn’t as much beach to play on as in previous years.  The waves had washed away a lot of the sand and dragged it out into the ocean.  At high tide, there was only a strip of sand a few yards wide for us to play on!  Oh, it was still lots of fun, but not nearly as much room to run around on as last year.

There was a lesson in that!  Matthew 7:24-27 says,   “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

That’s Jesus speaking.  He says that wise men build their houses on rock. Foolish men build their houses on sand.  And people who don’t obey His words are like the foolish man who built his house on sand.

Let me tell you, if anybody had built his house on that beach last year, he wouldn’t have had any house left this year!

What a great lesson in the sand. Let’s be sure we not only listen to the words of Jesus, but obey them.

Let’s build our lives on the rock, not on the sand.

 

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Helping Your Children Hide God’s Word In Their Hearts~Part 3

Reading the BibleCreate projects to help your kids apply what they’re learning. Instead of just teaching them information, walk them through life situations and show them how to put into practice what they are learning. Here a few suggestions of things we did with our kids that really worked. Read More…

Absolutely Pleasing In Every Way! ~ What Does The Bible Say…

Sunday---What-Does-The-Bible-Say-BaptismMatthew 3:17: “and behold, a voice out of the heavens saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Of course the scene here is the baptism of the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit has just descended upon Him as a dove and it seems the perfect time for the Father to announce to the world that Jesus is indeed His only begotten son. And that He is pleased with His son.

It was a wonderful and never-to-be repeated occasion. The Son of God has been announced to the world. This is who He is. And the heavenly Father finds Him absolutely pleasing to Him in every way.

It would be well for all of us parents to make such public statements of pleasure about our children. We can be so quick to criticize and condemn—even in public, if we’re not careful.

How many times have our children heard us praise them publicly?

Do they know that we are happy to proclaim to the world: “Hey world! This is my child! He’s a good one! I’m so glad he’s mine!”

What could make them happier?

 

Grace Then Works ~ What Does The Bible Say?

What-Does-the-Bible-Say-Rick-Boyer2Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

There are several good points to be taken from this familiar verse. Some point out that the purpose of our good works is to glorify God, not ourselves. Others notice that we’re to let our light shine before men—in other words, don’t be shy about our testimony. But one thing that Read More…

What Does The Bible Say? with Rick Boyer

What-Does-the-Bible-Say-Rick-BoyerPsalm 92:1, 2:  “It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your loving kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night”

An article in the Wall Street Journal health section, published November 23, 2010 had some interesting things to say about thankfulness.  Of course the secular writer didn’t give proper glory to God, but she did quote research showing that a thankful attitude can Read More…