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    Belief Is A Light Switch Not A Dimmer.

    At the church where I serve we have a large meeting room that has seven banks of lights. There are seven light switches that control these banks. When it’s time to turn the lights on you can turn them on one at a time, or you can lay your arm out flat and turn them all on at once. The second method is my favorite. We have another room in the church called the parlor. It has a luxurious leather sofa and plush, velvety chairs. In the parlor, the lighting is set up differently. There are dimmers for the lights. You can slide the dimmer up and down to fit…

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    Worship Creator or Created: Results May Vary

    We got this great question today: Question: How would you explain to a non-Christian that worshiping God is necessary vs. just using the tenants of the Christian faith as just a value structure for your life. It’s a nice thought, isn’t it? We should be able to simply follow the instructions in the Bible without having to worry about the Spiritual stuff. I knew a guy that called himself a Christian atheist. This was essentially what he claimed he did. I would contend, however, that it is not technically possible.

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    Eternal Rewards: Episode 3

    Everyone needs motivation. It’s an essential function of the human brain. Everyone needs to see what the payout will be for their trouble. You work for a paycheck, not for free. You work out at the gym for a purpose, to lose weight. You take a shower every once in a while because it benefits your social life. There is a motive for everything. Every beat of your heart and breath in your chest has a motive.

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    Clearing the Water

    Imagine that a young man named Tim is given a glass of living water. He drinks it down gratefully. It tastes clean and refreshing. He knows the moment he drinks it he has been given immortality. In addition, the moment after Tim drinks the living water he realizes that he has an urge to quit drinking all other drinks. He decides that he’ll give up tea, coffee, and sodas. In his exuberance, he grabs an extra glass of living water and excitedly carries it toward his loved ones. He wants his parents to have access to this purified life-giving drink.

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    Eternal Rewards: Episode 2

    I grew up in a Bible-teaching church. We learned the Bible verse by verse. It was an incredible, almost seminary level, biblical education. In my early twenties, I branched out and worked in various ministry capacities in churches of all sizes. I minored in biblical studies in undergrad and majored in biblical studies in seminary. I traveled doing music ministry for about a decade with a host of speakers and evangelists. From the time I could understand speech until I was 30, I estimate that I heard over 10,000 talks on biblical subjects. That’s thousands of sermons, Bible studies, discussions, and lectures. This doesn’t count the stack of books I’ve…

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    Eternal Rewards: Episode 1

    When I was in fourth grade, I asked my Dad if I could get into baseball. I had seen a game or two on TV and liked the look of the sport. I imagined that the entire experience would consist of a crisp uniform, a few Saturday morning games, and a big trophy. I was surprised to find that there were all kinds of tasks that had to be done before we even had one game.

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    IVORY: Five Points Of Free Grace Believism

    Recently I’ve noticed an interest in an explanation of free grace beliefs that copares them to Calvinism and Arminianism. In the same way that TULIP represents Calvinism, I’ve chosen the word IVORY to represent Free Grace Believism. The graphic below is my attempt to compare “apples to apples.” It may not represent all free grace believers, but this is an attempt to begin a conversation on the topic. Please let me know (in the comment section) what you think. If you have ideas on how to improve please let me know.

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    Millard Erickson on Assurance.

    I was recently asked what I thought about Millard Erickson's book Christian Theology Third Edition. It is the textbook for a massive number of systematic theology classes in a vast array of evangelical schools. Obviously answering that question as a whole is difficult, so I chose to examine a specific topic in his book from a free grace mindset. So if you're a free grace thinker, wondering if Erickson's systematic theology is right for you, then read on.

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    How To Stop Doubting Your Salvation.

    I got this great question from a subscriber.  Hi Lucas, I recently haven’t gotten the feeling of the presence of God. I was talking to someone the other day about salvation… now I’m confused again. I started doubting a little bit because I thought that the lack of His presence meant either I wasn’t saved or He isn’t there. People say that they have God help them with decisions which I feel has never happened to me. Or when they pray they feel something (which I used to feel but it went away). It feels like I’m doing something wrong, or He isn’t there. LUCAS’ ANSWER: EMOTION IS DANGEROUS.  Here’s…