salvation

What Divides Us

Dispute of the three wise men.
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I recently had a couple of debates and discussions with brothers and sisters in Christ about various matters of the Christian faith. These matters divide many Christians and churches. But they are not matters which make or break Christianity (unlike, say, the differences between orthodox Christianity and Mormonism1). At least, they are not supposed to be, as the article Eight Issues That Do NOT Make or Break Christianity2 contested. I agree with this article, but some people have grave reservations about some of these points. This is effectively saying "if you don't believe in x, you cannot be a Christian". In this article I want to address a couple of concerns raised around the aforementioned article. [node:read-more:link]

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Jesus and Grace

Parable of the Hired Workers
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Recently we remembered Reformation Day: the day when Martin Luther sparked the protestant reformation by nailing his objections to the corruptions within the Roman Catholic Church to the church door in Wittenberg. Okay, it may not have been very recently, but time slips by rather quickly, and I am sure that you can still what you did on Halloween. Remembering Reformation Day, together with some questions which I have been hearing, got me thinking about the issue of grace. The issue of grace lies at the very heart of the reformation: that God's will (apart from anything that we do) is enough for our sins to be forgiven. This is possible because the punishment which was due to us for all our wrongs (past, present and future) have already been paid for by Jesus on the cross. [node:read-more:link]

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Merry Christmas 2011

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Merry Christmas to my readers, and all the rest of the world! Tomorrow we shall look back as the Light broke into the world to dispel the darkness. When He came into the world, the world did not know Him, and still does not. But He knows the world, for the world was made through Him.

We shall remember how the Word became flesh, so that the wisdom of the world could be made foolish, and the foolish things of the world could put to shame those who are wise.

We remember that on a starry night was born, in the city of David, a Saviour, the promised Messiah. He came to show why we are not righteous before God, and then He suffered, bled, died, and rose again so that we are able to stand in a right relationship with our Creator, Father God.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty! To Him be all power, majesty, and glory! [node:read-more:link]

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