Reconsidering Calvinism – Part 8: Preservation/Perseverance of the Saints

Though not existing until (almost) 100 years after the Protestant Reformation began, the theological system established at the Synod of Dort[1] – otherwise known as the Doctrines of Grace, Calvinism, the five points of Calvinism, or the acronym, T.U.L.I.P. (Total depravity,  Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace and Perseverance of the saints) serves as an […]

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Becoming Conquerors For Christ – 2 Timothy 2:1-10, Part 2

2 Timothy 2:1-10 Context: Timothy has become timid in his ministry as the interim pastor. (2Ti 1:4 – crying; 1:7 – fearful; 1:8 – ashamed of the Gospel). So, what are Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 2:1-10 meant to communicate to Timothy? 1. How to stop being a crybaby, sissy, simpleton, sell-out and become a […]

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Becoming Conquerors for Christ – 2 Timothy 2:1-10, Part 1

2 Timothy 2:1-10 Context: Timothy has become timid in his ministry as the interim pastor. (2Ti 1:4 – crying; 1:7 – fearful; 1:8 – ashamed of the Gospel). So, what are Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 2:1-10 meant to communicate to Timothy? 1. How to stop being a crybaby, sissy, simpleton, sell-out and become a […]

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Dark Brewed: Hebrews – Part 3

Like a good dark brew (of either coffee or beer), this portion of the book of Hebrews delivers the kind of “kick in the pants” that is always appreciated when the pressures and temptations of this life have got us feeling like compromise is the only option. This was the situation of Jewish (i.e. Hebrew) […]

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Rediscovering TULIP

T = TOTAL DEPRAVITY 1.1. What this doctrine teaches = We are born with every aspect of our natures (mind, will and emotions) corrupted by sin (Psa 51:5). The “total” refers to the fact that it is more than just our will and emotions which have been affected by sin (a position with Thomas Aquinas […]

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My Version of A Christmas Carol – The Final Act Part 2

For 3 weeks now, I have been sharing with you My version of A Christmas Carol and that is my intention again this morning; to FINISH my story (or your story as we shall see) as my gift to you this Christmas—a gift to get you thinking about what really matters. Several weeks ago we […]

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