The following articles are related to the topic of GRACE

One of Paul’s Final Prayers

Perhaps the most poignant of all Paul's letters was 2nd Timothy - written from his last Roman imprisonment, and obviously not long before his death (cf. 4:6).This document thus is the concluding literary composition of the noble apostle.The letter embodies words of instruction and admonition for his young friend, Timothy - his "true child in faith" (1 Tim. 1:2). The ... read more »

The Pain of Lingering Regrets

Nathan Hale elevated the term "regret" to a new high in 1776. Hale, a lad of twenty-one years, was a captain in the colonial army. He was arrested by the British as a spy and sentenced to hang. His courageous, final words were: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." More often than ... read more »

What Is the History of Infant Sprinkling?

"Could you tell me when infant baptism first began and why it was started?" In the first place, there is rarely any such practice as infant "baptism."The Greek verb baptizo means to immerse.Babies, whenever they are administered what is commonly called "infant baptism," are almost never immersed.Whatever else one may wish to call the practice, it is not infant "baptism." ... read more »

Is Accountability “Hereditary”?

"Could you explain passages such as Exodus 20:5; 34:7, and 1 Samuel 3:13? They seem to suggest that a later generation is punished for the sins of a former one. Does God hold one generation accountable for the sins of another?" Let us look as these texts individually, and then draw such conclusions as are warranted by the evidence. Exodus ... read more »

The Me-First Syndrome

"Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandments to depart unto the other side [of the sea of Galilee]. And there came a scribe, and said unto him, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go. And Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of ... read more »

Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

It's "bottoms up" for believers in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. At least, that's what Peter Winkle, the former "reverend" and restauranteur, is hoping. He applied for a liquor license on December 11, 2002, planning to mix the Bible and Budweiser into some kind of spiritual concoction for the shy-of-church. "The focus," said Winkle, "is on getting the message out....If that ... read more »

Should Christians Have All Things in Common?

"Does the New Testament indicate that the early Christians were forced to equally distribute their possessions among one another?" No, rather Luke testifies to the voluntary, loving, and selfless disposition of Christians in Jerusalem: "Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to ... read more »

When the Son of Man Comes

Some speculate about when the Lord will return, but Christ Jesus gave no time indicators (i.e., signs) with respect to the judgment day (Matt. 24:34-36). He did, however, focus on man's need to be prepared for that unexpected, yet certain, reckoning. Matthew 25 focuses on the necessity of this preparation. Through the parables of the foolish virgins and the talents, ... read more »

The Last Supper

One of the most universally recognized paintings is Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. Amazingly, this masterpiece is more than 500 years old. Though artistic styles change, this artistic wonder still intrigues the mind's eye. Da Vinci's talent is undisputed, but his brilliance certainly was enhanced by the depiction of a great moment in human history - when Jesus instituted ... read more »

If We Never Meet Again

Final words are cherished. On November 5, 1994, President Reagan wrote a farewell address to the nation, announcing the onset of Alzheimer's disease. He characterized the diagnosis by saying, "I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life." Sometimes, we don't have the chance to say goodbye. Contemplate your life. What would you say ... read more »