Love one another earnestly from a pure heart because your regeneration was called into existence by the imperishable Word of God. 1 Peter 1:22–25 (ESV) 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, … Continue reading Indestructible Love
From Naughty or Nice to Inherited Goodness
This week, be convinced that Christmas really is about a gift instead of good deeds. Craig Priestley 2013 Christmas Sermon from Treasuring Christ Church on Vimeo. How did we Christians come to be in God’s good favor? How can you come to be in God’s favor? We Christians came to be in God’s good favor … Continue reading From Naughty or Nice to Inherited Goodness
We were formally spiritual zombies. Feeding on ourselves and one another in self-righteous me-worship. We had no perceptivity for bowing the knee to your goodness and righteousness or to serve someone else without ulterior self-pleasing motives. You caused us to come alive a second time. Isn’t this what we call resurrection? Only our previous life was so lacking in life, we fail to see it as a return to life but instead the start of true life—we are reborn.
What is your worst possible personal Hell?
Take a moment right now and envision the worst possible personal Hell you could encounter in this life. What would that look like? Read those slowly, and let your personal fear settle on you. Would you be 40, 50, or 60 and never married? Would you devote yourself to education and accomplishment, only to never … Continue reading What is your worst possible personal Hell?
Forgiven For His Name
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. 1 John 2:12Father, I am thankful that my sins are forgiven--sins of worry, doubt, quick anger, frustration with others, lust, dissatisfaction and pride--for the sake of YOUR name, and not my own. If I was forgiven for the sake of … Continue reading Forgiven For His Name
What More Answers Do You Need?
Acts 1:6–11 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the … Continue reading What More Answers Do You Need?