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Podcast: The Art Of Grace
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Is Trusting in Christ and Trusting in Works Mutually Exclusive?

Can you be saved through a mixture of trusting in Christ and your good works?

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What Does the Solar Eclipse Mean? (Psalm 119:1-2)

What does the total solar eclipse mean? Not what the prophecy industry says! Here's a quick look at the meaning given to stars in the Bible.

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Does a Passive Faith Save?

Is there a different between a passive faith and an active one? Do you need an active faith to be saved?

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The God of Holy Saturday

Why do Christians skip from Good Friday to Resurrection Sunday and forget Holy Saturday? The day that Jesus remained in the grave reveals something important about God and the Christian life...

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The Seven Last Words of Jesus

What were the seven last words of Jesus? How can they help us meditate on the meaning of Christ's death on the cross?

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Are Calvinism and Arminianism the Only Two Options?

Announcing the release of our new booklet, The Five Points of Free Grace by Shawn Lazar.

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How Did Assurance Become a Debate?

The history of American Evangelicals debating assurance began in Puritan England...

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Why Do People Chase Approval?

A popular argument for the existence of God comes is based on what we desire. The idea is that we have desires that can’t be fulfilled in this world, making them evidence that we’ve been created for another. Peter Kreeft puts it this way: Premise 1: Every natural, innate desire in us corresponds to some […]

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The Surprising Way American Culture Makes It Harder to Disciple Children

Older men are to be self-controlled, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance. In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not slaves to excessive drinking. They are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands […]

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Have You Asked Your Teens What They Believe?

What do the teens in your church believe about religion? Christian Smith interviewed 267 teens in 45 states to understand their religious beliefs. He published his study in 2005, entitled Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. What he discovered about their views of salvation was not very encouraging. Grace wasn’t on […]

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Does Romans 8:12-14 Disprove Eternal Security?

Question: How can we be eternally secure when Paul warns that if we go on sinning, then Jesus won’t save us? Paul says we have to kill the sin in us to be saved:  “So then, brothers, we are obligated not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according […]

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Calvinist John Murray on Justification vs Rewards

John Murray (1898–1975) was a Scottish Reformed theologian who taught at Princeton Seminary and then left to found Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. In other words, he was a Calvinist’s Calvinist. He influenced generations of conservative Presbyterian and Reformed pastors. I found a helpful quote from him. The issue is trying to reconcile two seemingly contradictory […]

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Ten Days to Register for the Campout!

I just came back from a meeting with the FGI Team about our upcoming Family Bible Campout in Hot Springs, Arkansas on March 8-12, 2024. It’s going to be fun! I have no gift for organizing group events other than to conceive of one and get the ball rolling. But that’s where FGI's talented team […]

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Valentine’s Day and the Religion of Conditional Love

If Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, what kind do you celebrate? Dig into people’s motivations, and you might find that everyone approaches love in one of two ways, thinking it’s either conditional or unconditional. It’s sad to say, but the only love many people have ever known is conditional. Maybe you quickly learned […]

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What Is the Connection Between Faith and Good Works?

Question: What is the connection between faith and good works? Is it possible to have faith but no good works? Please clarify thanks. Answer: Those are two good questions. Let’s start with some basic definitions. First, having faith is to be persuaded that something is true, such as believing that Jesus is the Son of […]

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The Freedom to Act Inconsistently with What You Believe

Can believers act inconsistently with what we believe? Some people deny it. If they see a Christian acting in an unchristian way, they take it as proof that they’re not really saved or were never saved to begin with. The only way to be sure is by looking at your behavior. You can claim to […]

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Salvation in James: A Survey of Free Grace Interpretations

What did James mean by salvation? He used the verb save [sōzō] five times in his letter (1:21; 2:14; 4:12; 5:15, 20). And if you ever preach grace, someone will always quote his second use in v 14, “if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?” The objector […]

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Is Spiritual Death in the Bible?

Question: What is spiritual death? I’ve heard it explained as separation from God. Does that phrase appear in the Bible? I don’t think it does. Is it Biblical? Answer: We should always be careful about adopting terminology that doesn’t explicitly appear in the Bible. Sometimes it can be helpful. At other times, it can be […]

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Is It Disloyal to Question Your Favorite Teacher?

If you’ve ever shared the grace message with your friends and family, you probably met resistance. And you might have wondered why. Why would anyone hesitate to accept such good news about Jesus and the freeness of salvation? There are many reasons, but one of them is loyalty to a favorite teacher. Loyalty is a […]

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Does Romans 8:12-14 Disprove Eternal Security?

Question: How can we be eternally secure when Paul warns that if we go on sinning, then Jesus will not save us? Paul says we have to kill the sin in us:  “So then, brothers, we are obligated not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the […]

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Does John 5:28-29 Teach Salvation by Works?

Question: How can salvation by faith be true when Jesus taught it depends on being good? “Do not be astonished at this, because an hour is coming in which all those in the tombs will hear his voice and they will come out—those who have done good things to a resurrection of life, but those […]

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Adam Driver, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and the Loss of Meaning

You may know Adam Driver from his role as Kylo Ren in Star Wars. I listened to a clip from his 2016 Ted Talk about his journey from being a Marine to becoming an actor. He explained how hard it was to transition from military life to civilian life and that one of the most […]

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Does Ephesians 2:8 Teach That Faith Is a Gift?

Is faith a gift from God? People will claim Paul taught that when he wrote: For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). When Paul writes, “this is not from yourselves,” people claim he’s referring […]

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The Grace Gospel Is Insulting and Offensive

“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age…” (Gal 1:3-4). Jesus came to rescue us from the present evil age, and He gives everyone who believes in Him eternal life—the life of the age to […]

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Here’s How Augustine Confused Protestants About Salvation

Augustine has a mixed legacy, to say the least. On the one hand, he’s genuinely one of the towering geniuses of all time—on par with Plato and Aristotle in his influence on the development of Western culture, theology, and politics. You can’t understand Western civilization without him. And, if you read him, you’ll always learn […]

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Unconditional Love: God vs Dogs

I’m a cat person, not a dog person, so I don’t know what it means to be loved by a pet. But I’ve heard people say they wished they could find someone who loved them as unconditionally as their dog. And then I’ve listened to confused Christians excitedly respond, “That’s how much God loves you!” […]

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Is Stress a Gospel Issue?

Although I often hear that society is becoming less religious, I don’t believe it for a second. Yes, people are less inclined to believe in God or Jesus, and they’ve forgotten the old theological lingo. Hollywood shapes their worldview more than Nazareth. But people are just as religious as they’ve always been. And worse, they’re […]

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God’s Word Brings Comfort

When you’re going through times of suffering, where do you look for comfort? Hopefully, you have more than one source of help through times of trial—family, friends, and church. But one of the most important is God’s Word. As Harold Senkbeil says: “To find a path through sadness and adversity, you’ll need to quit relying […]

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The Deeper Joy of Christmas

“Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). When Jesus was born, no one would have known how important His birth was just by looking at him. Here was another poor Jewish baby. And what can you say about a […]

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Discipleship Is Like Starting in the Mailroom

Norman Nagel compared living the Christian life to a business owner sending his son to work for the company: “Occasionally we hear about the owner of a big business who puts his son to work in his own factory. There the son has to work with the rest of the employees. His back aches and […]

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