by Brad Bell Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles. (Luke 6:12-13, NKJ) Jesus prayed
by Brad Bell Worldviews answer fundamental questions about life, death, the universe, who we are, why we are here, etc… Such questions include who am I? how did we get here? why does the world exist? what is the purpose of life? why is there death? Is there life after death? Worldviews are communicated, passed
by Brad Bell Black Friday. An illustrious American “holiday” of sorts. It is a sad irony that the day after Thanksgiving, America turns its focus to the relentless acquisition of stuff. People line up and wait for hours, push their way through crowded stores, and increase their debt in the pursuit of satisfaction via stuff.
Rewards “Christians do not practically remember that while we are saved by grace, altogether by grace, so that in the matter of salvation works are altogether excluded; yet that as far as the rewards of grace are concerned, in the world to come, there is a intimate connection between the life of the Christian here
by Brad Bell The emphasis of GES can be distilled to two essential elements. These elements are succinctly summarized in 2 Tim 2:11-13: This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. This is the Gift. Unconditional. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If
by Brad Bell “Apostasy” is usually thought of in negative terms. When you think of an “apostate,” it is usually someone who has denied the faith, or who has turned aside from what is true. Would you be surprised to learn that Paul actually commanded Timothy to apostatize? Yes, he did! Let me explain. We
Can I Lose My Salvation? By R.C. Sproul. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust, 2015. 65 pp. Paper, $2.50. R.C. Sproul is a gifted and clear theological writer. His booklet, Can I Lose my Salvation? concisely addresses the questions, “If I’m presently in a state of faith, if I’m presently embracing Christ, will that change? Will the
by Brad Bell Different meanings of Dōrean Dōrean is an important NT word with two basic meanings: Freely Without cause These meanings are tied together in their basic sense. That which is “freely” given is given “without cause” in the recipient. It is thus free to the receiver of the gift. The related noun [dōrea]—gift