Grace to You

  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Four Hallmarks of Humility, Part 3”
    What is the worst sin? Most of us probably think of the big ones in terms of visibility and fallout. Sins like adultery or murder are usually near the top of the list. But how many of us would put pride as chief of crimes against God? Scripture actually contains a list of things God hates and pride is at the top of that list (Proverbs 6:16–17). Pride is certainly one of the best ways to imitate Satan. No wonder it’s so offensive to God. “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; assuredly, he will not... Read more »
  • Measuring Your Spiritual Growth
    In the entryway to my parents’ home, there is what looks like a giant ruler bolted to the wall. It functions as a growth chart for their grandchildren, marking the incremental changes in their height through the years. And without fail, the kids are eager to see how much they’ve grown since their last measurement, delighted with their progress. It is likely that somewhere in your childhood home—possibly near a doorframe—there are similar marks that measured your growth. Whether it’s marking your height as a kid, or measuring your weight loss as an adult, it’s natural to want to quantify the progress... Read more »
  • Eliminating Spiritual Toxins
    Consider a person who exercises fastidiously and holds to a strict diet but also abuses alcohol and drugs. That kind of schizophrenic behavior would raise a lot of questions, and rightly so. The same goes for Christians who carefully guard their spiritual diet but make no effort to avoid or eliminate sinful, spiritual toxins from their lives. Faithfully studying God’s Word is vital to our growth, but it’s not the only factor. We need to recognize sinful attitudes and motivations as carcinogens that can wreak havoc in our spiritual lives. Right now, these sinful toxins could be poisoning your life, eating away... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Sound Doctrine Backed by Sound Living”
    In many churches across modern evangelicalism, good doctrine has taken a back seat to good works. The emphasis has shifted away from believing the right thing to doing the right thing, with a particular focus on community works and social justice. Often that shift is the result of legitimate critique—that professing Christians frequently fail to apply and live out their good doctrine. Today, many church leaders argue that doctrine simply does not answer the multitude of practical problems we face in this fallen world. In that sense, the emphasis on prioritizing good works over good doctrine is an overcorrection against the... Read more »
  • The Living and Active Word of God
    God’s Word is alive in a truer sense than we are. As Peter quotes Isaiah 40:6–8, “For, ‘all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever’” (1 Peter 1:24–25). In the world around us, the things we call “living” are really dying. What we call “the land of the living” is probably better named “the land of the dying,” because wherever you look, death is doing its work of decay and destruction. In the final analysis, death is the monarch... Read more »
  • Watching Your Spiritual Diet
    Most of us have known people whose bodies have not grown or matured properly. It’s sad to encounter people with cognitive handicaps, brain damage, or other developmental obstacles that have hindered their growth. Many of them remain locked in a child-like state—others tragically don’t progress even that far. In a similar way, some Christians remain locked in a perpetual state of spiritual infancy. However, unlike those suffering with mental handicaps, Christians struggling with arrested spiritual development have no one to blame but themselves. All Christians are supposed to be growing in Christlikeness: “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Creation, Theology, and the End of the Universe”
    If God wanted to communicate that He created everything in six literal and consecutive days, how could He say it more clearly than He does in Genesis 1? That’s a question that every theistic evolutionist, progressive creationist, and gap theorist needs to ask himself. To suggest that the Bible’s opening chapter means anything other than what it plainly states is to effectively argue that God needs help in explaining Himself. And to argue that our view of creation is not an essential Christian doctrine is to misrepresent what’s at stake in this debate—the inerrancy, authority, and clarity of Scripture. Nothing Scripture... Read more »
  • Reflecting on the Creation Series
    It is always heartbreaking to see someone reject the truth of God’s Word. But it’s doubly so when those rejecting the truth profess to know and love the Lord. The sad truth—revealed again in recent weeks through some of the comments we’ve received—is that the creation account in Genesis is at least as controversial and contested inside the church as it is in the world. We’ve seen a flurry of arguments against the literal interpretation of Genesis 1—most of them from people who profess to know and love the Lord. Personally, I’ve got no reason to doubt their salvation. But I... Read more »
  • A Monument to Biblical Truth
    Scientists and other secular authorities are adamant: A global flood—like the one described in Genesis 6-8—is impossible. They deny it with the same tenacious antagonism they bring to the topic of creation, or any of God’s other miraculous works. Second only to their attacks on the creation account, the prophets and priests of naturalism want to delegitimize and dismiss anything to do with the flood and Noah’s ark. But the world’s opposition to biblical truth should not take us by surprise. What might, however, is the damage the church has done by blurring fact and fiction about Noah, his ark, and... Read more »
  • Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Through Adam, Death”
    Without Christ, there would be no gospel. The person and work of Jesus Christ are essential to the Christian message of salvation. That’s a fact that isn’t difficult to understand. But what about Adam? Does his existence have any bearing on the gospel? There are plenty of evangelicals who would answer “no” to that question. Among them is the famous apologist, Dr. William Lane Craig: “Before we conclude that the sky is falling . . . it isn’t true that the whole story of human sin and redemption falls to pieces if you deny the historical Adam and Eve.” Peter Enns, a... Read more »