The Doctrine of Faith According to Paul…

It is in Paul’s letters that the meaning of faith is most clearly and fully set forth.  In essence, faith is trust in the person of Jesus, the truth of his teaching, and the redemptive work he accomplished at Calvary, and, as a result, a total submission to him and his message, which are accepted as from God.  Faith in his person is faith in him as the eternal Son of God who died in the sinner’s stead, making possible justification with God, adoption into his family, sanctification, and ultimately, glorification upon our death.

His death brings redemption from sin in all of its aspects, which is verified when God raised Jesus from the dead.

Faith is NOT an intellectual assent to Christianity albeit this is necessary.  Faith is a radical and total commitment to Christ as the Lord of one’s own life.

Unbelief or lack of faith in the Christian gospel, appears everywhere in the New Testament as the supreme evil.  Not to make a decisive response to God’s offer in Christ means an individual remains in sin and is eternally lost.  Faith alone saves.

Taken from Zondervan’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary by J.D. Douglas and Merrill C Tenney

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If Jesus Does NOT Rise, We Do Not Rise

Jesus must rise from the dead in order for us to be justified before God.  Jesus’s resurrection is God’s stamp of approval on Jesus’s sacrifice for us all.  God accepts the sacrifice for us.  We can now rise as well!  If God had not accepted Jesus’ sacrifice, it would be eternal damnation for us all.

Romans 4:16-25

Ponder the following quote:

There is No Denying God after Witnessing Totality…

My kids and I drove over 2 hours to see the total solar eclipse yesterday.  It took us 11 hours to drive home.  But it was worth it.

The total solar eclipse has to be one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen.  The moment of totality, when you can look at the Sun and see it’s corona, and see the sky go completely black.  It’s priceless.  No one can deny God after such a sight.  To have the Sun and Moon line up just right.  A tiny Moon block out a huge Sun with the power to lower temperatures and cast the earth into darkness.  And witnessing the power of the Sun re-take over the Earth as the Moon moved out of alignment.  It was worth every last second I sat in traffic.

God, thank you.  Thank you for showing your power and goodness yesterday and giving us such a special sight and memory.  2024 here we come!

Total Solar Eclipse

Do You Ever Feel Like You Don’t Do Enough for God?

Lately, I’ve been feeling this.  Although I quit my job to be a stay-at-home mom again, to homeschool my kids, and to take care of my family AND to write novels for Him, it just seems like the day-to-day drags me down and when I go to pray at the end of the night and I review the day in my head, it seems as if nothing is done for Him.  Anyone else feel this?

Maybe it’s just because I feel like I have so much more to do than cleaning my toilets, emptying the trash, picking up dog poop, running my kids here, there and everywhere, etc.  Admittedly, I don’t get much time to myself and what time I do get I’m either here blogging or at my CrossFit box.

I have to tell myself, “I am doing His work,” like a mantra.  If I could remember that (and praying throughout my day), I think the mundane wouldn’t feel so mundane after all.  What do you all think?

I Am His and He is Mine

Happy Easter!

Today I’d just like to encourage all of you to cultivate a heart of gratitude.  For what God did by sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.  Ask for nothing today but only praise Him.  After all, you don’t need anything else.

Know God through Faith.

Grow a circle of believing friends.

Discover God’s calling for your life.

Make a difference in this world.

I am God’s and He is mine!

God bless each and every one of you!

Stop What You Are Doing Right Now and WATCH THESE VIDEOS!

If you ever wanted a deeper understanding of the Ten Commandments, watch these short videos (average of 5 minutes for each commandment).  They will explain the commandments and what they mean in simple, easy-to-understand terms.  Both my kids and I learned a ton!

Some of what I learned:  That coveting does not mean wanting what someone else has.  It’s more than that.

That Do not Murder does not mean do not kill (blame ‘lost in translation’ for this error).

That Do Not Steal is more than just personal property.

That we are only commanded to honor our mother and father.  That does not mean we are commanded to honor other human beings. (Note definition of honor–different than respect).

Do Not Misuse God’s name does not mean to not cuss.  It means to kill in God’s name.  This is the only commandment that is unforgiveable.

Remember the Sabbath is for us to rest–to be more than a worker, to be free or we are slaves, and to make slavery impossible.  It also strengthens the family as we are forced to spend time with other human beings.  And animals were granted dignity as well.  And all of this affirms God.

Without God who brought us out of Egypt, there is no moral compass.  With one God, we are all equal.

All of the commandments are for the function of society and to keep it prospering.  Otherwise, we are doomed.

This is just a bit of what I learned.  I cannot recommend this site enough.  It’s run by Prager University and is presented by the founder of Prager University.  It is not a university per se as we know it; just a site free to all with five minute videos discussing issues of the day (including theology) founded by Dennis Prager, a conservative radio talk show host and columnist.

I can not speak for the site; all I can recommend are these videos.  If nothing else, you’ll gain a different perspective on the commandments, perfect to go along with the Life of Moses.  I watched these alongside my kids and because they are short and sometimes entertaining my kids were engaged the entire 50 minutes.

Click HERE for the videos.  Enjoy!

New Year’s Resolution: Read the Bible

I found this nugget on Fox News this morning and had to share.  Its argument for reading the Bible is the best I’ve ever read.  So consider this a challenge to read the entire Bible in 2015.  No other resolution will change your life as much.

God bless!

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/12/26/resolved-read-bible-in-2015/?intcmp=features