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Our living faith

Icons There are a number of Christian icons that are accepted as a part of our culture. For example, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him…

Questions on Election

The salvation doctrine of “election”, has been, is, and will continue to be a controversial topic. Since it appears to be all over the bible, it’s important that you review and understand this issue. In a question and answer format,…

Babel II?

The Tower of Babel – Genesis 11 Genesis portrays Noah and his sons coming from the ark, and after the flood, having just one language. As his descendants multiplied, they naturally continued with one language and one means of communication.…

What is a 5 point Calvinist?

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Have you ever hear the phrase, ‘he’s a Calvinist’. Or, maybe, somewhat the opposite, ‘I’m no 5-point Calvinist’. But what does that mean? What it is, it seems, is maybe the longest-running controversy in Christian Theology – all surrounding the…

How can you study the Bible?

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Introduction How can you study the Bible? Years ago, a pastor that I’ve studied under, and have admired for over forty years, John MacArthur, suggested a system that I use today and recommend for your consideration. Since most of the…

What church type should you attend?

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Although all churches are different, in reality, there are a number of similarities. So much so that some generalizations can be made which will portray their character. But, what church type should you attend? Three common types of churches I…

What is common grace?

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Grace defined Most would understand “grace” to mean some goodwill or favor that was essentially undeserved or unmerited. In common parlance, it could mean “courteous goodwill.” But, there are really two types of grace when it comes to God. Common…

"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur