The “All-ness” of Sin

This is Chapter 1 in Growing in Grace: a 36-Week Discipleship Course. Listen to the content as delivered to Creekstone Church in Dahlonega, GA:  While some of us raise our own chickens for eggs, most of us buy our eggs at the grocery store. If you are like me, before you choose a carton to purchase, […]

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Pandora’s Box

Listen:  [Here is an important addendum to this message.] In the mid-14th century, a bacteria called yersinia pestis was carried by fleas from Asia to Europe, being transported on rats that commonly infested merchant ships. As these ships arrived in ports such as Constantinople, Marseilles (mar-say), and Barcelona, the rats would disembark, carrying the infected […]

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Why Can’t God Just Forgive?

Why can’t God just forgive? What is the real need for the cross where Jesus was brutally, violently, and painfully executed through crucifixion. Why can’t God just forgive? One of the most popular genres of television is the crime procedural, where police investigators use forensic science to solve murders. Just consider the success and duplication of shows […]

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Not Under Law, but Under Grace

Romans 6:14, “For you are not under the law, but under grace.” —the Apostle Paul In Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, they make the following comments on Paul’s famous statement regarding law and grace: The force of this glorious assurance can only be felt by observing the grounds on which it […]

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Four Views Concerning the Relationship Between “Church and State”

In my study for this coming Sunday’s message on Romans 13:1-7, “Citizenship in the City of Man,” I have been reading John Stott’s commentary on Romans. In his comments on chapter thirteen, he distinguishes four historic views concerning the relationship between the church and state.   He writes, “Relations between church and state have been […]

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