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The only thing that counts is…

November 3, 2017 | love, Spirit, faith, Christ, licentiousness, license, legalism

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” – Galatians 5:6 (ESV). “Neither moral exertion nor moral failure counts. Period.” – Tim Keller, Galatians For You The apostle Paul wrote that the only thing that counts is “faith working through love.” Neither circumcision [representing legalism, which… Read more »

Loving the sojourner

April 29, 2016 | love, sojourner, surprise, stranger, foreigner, Christ, jesus, God

“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19 ESV). What is a “sojourner?” The dictionary defines it as “one who resides temporarily in a place.” Other Bible versions translate it as “stranger,… Read more »

Who loves more?

May 15, 2015 | love, Gary Combs, fruit of the spirit, forgiveness, Christ, jesus, God

“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have… Read more »

Two gospel thieves

April 5, 2013 | religion, relativism, relationship, truth, love, Christ, legalism, jesus, God, holiness, grace, gospel

“Just as Christ was crucified between two thieves,” so the gospel “is ever crucified between two opposite errors” (Tertullian, early church father). “If our gospel message even slightly resembles ‘you must believe and live right to be saved’ or ‘God loves and accepts everyone just as they are,’ we will find our communication is not… Read more »

What kind of neighbor am I?

March 8, 2013 | neighbor, love, God, Christ, jesus, Good Samaritan

“But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” (Luke 10:29 ESV). The expert in the law who sought to test Jesus found himself tested instead. By asking Jesus the question, “Who is my neighbor?” perhaps he thought to limit the extent of the law’s demand by limiting those who… Read more »