What is the Gospel?

Introduction:Some call it the Gospel. Others, the Good News. And some, the Evangel. Regardless of the designation, the “Gospel” is passed around by a variety of churches and sects. One hears it in the preaching of tele-evangelists, or reads it in a wide-range of writings. For many the word “Gospel” has become a simplistic statement unclearly referring to Jesus as a person. What is the “Gospel”? Not everyone gives the same answer. One group will answer that it is the good news that Jesus returned invisibly in 1874 or 1914…

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GRACE: Given to some, denied to others

GOD oftentimes gives grace to those who falter and sin. All of us who repent have experienced such grace at times.Seldom, if ever, does He give grace to those who sin and white-wash it.Today, when most limp-wristed, soft men, clothed in  soft robes with soft hands and soft words, speak of grace, they are speaking of being gracious to those who white-wash their sins (i.e. it’s okay to disobey GOD in some ways, because it’s socially acceptable).Seldom, if ever, do they give grace to the repentant sinners who commit socially…

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Gifts from God

The starting gun fired and the first runner on our relay team took the lead in just two long, quick strides. Her baton caught the sun as it rocked back and forth in rhythm with her high-speed pace. With muscles taunt and nerves jittery, I waited. I was the runner in third position. A thin bead of sweat broke out above my lip as the second runner rounded the bend just behind me. As she entered the transition zone and I began to run, my heart beat hard. I reached…

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The Witness of Matthew

In the history of biblical studies, we have seen in the last two centuries the rise of so-called “higher criticism.” So much of higher criticism is fueled by skepticism with respect to the reliability of the biblical texts. Since orthodox Christians stand opposed to many of the arguments of higher critics, they sometimes overlook valuable insights that can be gained through critical analysis of the text. Some of these analyses can be very helpful to our endeavor of seeking an accurate understanding of the Bible.

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