Why is Easy Sometimes So Difficult?

“Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, ‘My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?’” -2 Kings 5:13, NASB

Ironically, people are sometimes more willing to do difficult things than easy. Easy things seem beneath them. Too unsophisticated. They’d rather maintain their dignity and do something challenging than humble themselves and do something simple.  Continue reading Why is Easy Sometimes So Difficult?

Water – God’s Dividing Line

It’s fascinating how God uses water in Scripture as a dividing line between bad and good.  In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with violence.  God promised, “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life…” (Gen. 6:13).  God used water to wipe away the sinfulness of the earth and start fresh.  It was the dividing line between corruption and cleansing, between old sinful life and a new beginning.  Continue reading Water – God’s Dividing Line

How Did the First Christians Become Christians?

In a matter of weeks after Jesus’ crucifixion, thousands of Jews gathered in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit fell on the apostles, and Peter preached the first gospel sermon. 3,000 souls responded to the message and got saved. How did they do that?  Continue reading How Did the First Christians Become Christians?

Buried and Raised with Christ

My last article ended with the question, “At what point in our faith do we die with Christ?” The answer is in Romans 6. The Roman Christians had died to sin, as verse 2 indicates.

How? When?

We see the answer beginning in verse 3.

Continue reading Buried and Raised with Christ

Works Don’t Nullify Grace

Sometimes in religious disagreements, we talk symptoms but ignore the real problem.  My last article on “baptism bullies” was about a symptom.  Let’s address the real problem now.  The reason most people reject baptism as necessary for salvation is because they believe works nullify grace.  Continue reading Works Don’t Nullify Grace

Standing Up to Baptism Bullies

I can’t stand bullies.  They pick on those who are different and treat them as less important.  We’re all made in God’s image and deserve equal dignity.  It’s time to stand up to theological bullies who shove baptism around and treat it as less important than faith and repentance.   Continue reading Standing Up to Baptism Bullies