Press On

Originally posted on The Spitfire Grill:

“I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” – Philippians 3:12[1]

the-overcomer-christian-in-a-raceGod calls us to “press on” – to forget what’s behind and “reach forward” to what’s ahead (Philippians 3:13). Like runners in a race, we must “press toward the goal for the prize” of a heavenly crown (3:14). We must “run in such a way that” we “obtain” this prize (1 Corinthians 9:24). Only through active faith and self-discipline can we finish the race (9:26-27). We can’t sit and do nothing. Jesus didn’t sit “at the right hand of the throne of God” until after he’d accomplished redemption on the cross (Hebrews 12:2). Why should we be any different?

Some Christians think we should. They say that “once saved, always saved” – cheap grace, forgiveness without repentance – gives them freedom to “press on.” The reverse is…

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A Pro-choice People


“Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our ‘accepting’ and ‘willing’ are reactions [to His call] …. The right of determination must always remain with God.”
~AW Tozer

Yesterday we talked about God’s choosing or divine election. Today we talk about our choosing, specifically, whom we will serve. Continue reading

A Pro-choice God

National Right to Life Day
Divine Election

“The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us.” ~EM Bounds

The theology of God’s choosing is called divine election and is closely tied to the doctrine of predestination, though we won’t go into that today. God chooses, or has chosen, us corporately (the family of Abraham, the nation of Israel, the body of Christ) and individually (you and me). Continue reading

Christians are to be Biblically discerning rather than politically correct



Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

There is a myth in this post-modern times that has deceived untold numbers of professing Christians. The deceived have believed the lie that Christians are not to confront and rebuke false teachers nor preach or teach anything that has the potential to cause division within the visible Church. The visible Church contains the churches we see all across this globe. This would include denominations and local churches and ministries that we can see visually and of which we can partake. The invisible Church is made up of the elect, the called-out ones. This is the true Church of genuine believers. It is within the visible Church. Therefore, the visible Church contains both genuine believers and professing believers who are not genuine. 

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The Message to the Church in Philadelphia


Seven Churches of Asia

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: (Revelation 3:7 NASB)

One of the big errors of our time in the visible Church of the 21st Century is the misguided concept that truth is subjective. In other words, truth is what you want it be. This concept is, of course, simply borrowed from the world, which loves it. While I do not contend that I know when our Lord will return, I do know that it will be at the end of this age prior to the age to come. I know that He has been given a people for Himself from the Father. I know that His blood purchased them at the cross. I know…

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Suppressing the Truth


“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

Evolution is a subject I rarely tackle. Most persons either believe it, or some part of it (theistic evolution), or try to reason against it, as if reason would cure the afflicted person’s “stinking thinking.” Reason won’t do it. Therefore, reason is not the way to approach persons deceived by evolution Continue reading

QUOTE (C.H. Spurgeon) – Jan 6

Originally posted on A DEVOTED LIFE:

Português: fotografia de Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“You know more about your magazines and novels than what God has written; many of you will read a novel from the beginning to the end, and what have you got? A mouthful of foam when you are done. But you cannot read the Bible; that solid, lasting, substantial, and satisfying food goes uneaten, locked up in the cupboard of neglect; while anything that a man writes, a best seller of the day, is greedily devoured.”
~ C.H. Spurgeon

“The Bible must be your chart, and you must exercise great watchfulness that your way may be according to its directions. You must take heed to your daily life, as well as study your Bible, and you must study your Bible that you may take heed to your daily life. With the greatest care a man will go astray if his map misleads him; but with the most accurate map he will still…

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