Am I good enough? Have I done enough? How much is enough? These questions can lead you to doubt your worth. 

There’s good reason. No matter how hard we try we can never do enough. God’s standard is perfection (Matthew 5:48). Our very best efforts still fall far short (Isaiah 64:6).

When does a person know they are forgiven by God?

One of the most heartening things we can ever hear from God is “you are forgiven”. That instantly relieves us of the heavy burden of guilt. It assures us that Heavenly Father accepts us. It brings brightness where there was gloom. It instills hope where there was fear. It changes our lives. But when does…

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Four Tests to Examine your Spiritual Health

Some people will say that they are physically healthy because they feel good. But a doctor wouldn’t base his answer just on how a person felt. He would give them a thorough check-up. A professional football team would not rely on the feelings of a player to determine if he was healthy or not. Before…

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Did Heavenly Father give us salvation or a plan of salvation?

Many agree that Jesus is the Savior. But there is considerable confusion about what that means. One cause of confusion is that people define “salvation” differently. This frequently results in people talking past each other. In this particular article, we will define the term “salvation” to mean living eternally with Heavenly Father. An area of…

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Did Jesus say that we must be or become perfect?

What is Jesus saying in Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”? His words are straight–forward. They command us to be perfect – right now. They leave no room for the idea of eventually becoming perfect. Jesus further states that our perfection is measured against the…

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Christ’s Robe of Righteousness

The most important sacred garment we can wear is Christ’s robe of righteousness. “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10) One of the lesser emphasized biblical…

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Done! Not Do

It is finished. John 19:30 This statement made by Jesus on the cross is so simple. But also, so momentous. Many consider it one of the greatest sentences ever spoken. Actually, in the original Greek, it consists of only a single word – one commonly used to mark bills “paid in full”. This is exactly…

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How Well Do You Know Your Scriptures?

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Take the Test

Here’s a simple test. This first heart, filled with plus signs, symbolizes the perfection needed to live with God for all eternity. This second heart, filled with minus signs, symbolizes our hearts of sin. The longer we live, more minus signs are added because we commit more sin. The test is to describe how the…

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Can A Gift Be Earned?

A popular song about Santa Claus warns kids not to pout or cry because: He’s making a list, And checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town. He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. So…

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What is Repentance?

Even a cursory reading of Scripture reveals that repentance is important.  Therefore it needs to be defined accurately. This is not a place to be slipshod. The Greek word translated repent literally means to change your mind.  That is also an accurate description of repentance.  In modern terms, it is a change of mindset, a…

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son

People regularly ask about the meaning of the parable of the prodigal son that is recorded in Luke 15.  Although it has become well-known by this title, it would be better described as the parable of the forgiving father.  He is whom Jesus emphasizes in the parable. The father’s forgiveness is remarkable in light of…

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A License to Sin?

A common response to the teaching that forgiveness is God’s gift is the thought that this then gives people the license to sin all the more. Paul already answered that objection in Scripture. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to…

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All Sin is Extremely Serious

Our legal system has an extensive classification of crimes.  There are various types of misdemeanors. There are different classes of felonies. Some crimes are minor while others are extremely serious. But the Bible doesn’t do that in regard to sin. That is because every sin, in the last analysis, is a sin against God. So…

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“Not Guilty”

God wants us to be so sure that we are forgiven that he went the extra step and stated it in legal terms. Just as we would tremble in fear if we heard the judge’s gavel drop followed by his verdict of “guilty”, so we tremble with joy to hear the judge pronounce us, “not…

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How About Enduring to the End?

Scripture often encourages us to endure in the faith or warns us about falling away. One representative passage is . Don’t passages like that demand work on our part? Yes they do. That being said, two important points need to be made. First, the main work that needs to be done is fighting off all…

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