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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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Faith and Works

Admittedly, the thought that Christ did everything to make us acceptable to God and we don’t do anything violently clashes with what we naturally think. We just assume that we have to do something to merit God’s favor. The apostle Paul acknowledged that when he wrote, “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a…

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Radiation Suit

One way I like to picture God’s holiness is as strong radiation. His holiness constantly is radiating out from him. By its very nature, it destroys anything imperfect with which it comes into contact. This is why, in order to enter God’s presence, we can’t have the slightest imperfection. Otherwise we will be destroyed. But…

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Sins Eight Miles Down

One of my favorite Bible passages is Micah 7:19: “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” Scientists say the deepest part of the ocean is over 39,000 feet down which translates to about eight miles down. That’s a…

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