Bad News About the Bad Guys

Posted by on 7.24.12 in Devotional, Theology

Recently while reading through Psalm 37, I was struck by how frank David is about the evildoers in the world:1. They do wrong (v. 1).2. They often succeed in their wicked schemes (v. 7).3. They plot against the righteous (v. 12).4. They attack the poor and needy (v. 14).5. They are often wealthy and powerful (v. 16-17).6. They borrow and do not rep…

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Is the Sinner’s Prayer Required for Salvation?

Posted by on 7.9.12 in Evangelism, Prayer, Theology

The answer is no.We are not saved by saying particular words or by praying a particular prayer. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. When we trust in Jesus, we are saved on the basis of his death and resurrection. Salvation comes as we gladly welcome the Good News that Christ has paid the debt we owed so that salvation i…

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Cannon Beach Q & A, Part 1

Posted by on 6.27.12 in Questions, Current Events, Theology, Second Coming

Last week I spoke at Cannon Beach Conference Center in Cannon Beach, Oregon. On Friday morning we had a question and answer session based on questions we had received from the audience. During the Q&A time Timothy Greenidge served as moderator. This turned out to be one of the best sessions of the week. Over the next several days I will…

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“I Struggle With Assurance of Salvation”

Posted by on 5.3.12 in Devotional, Theology

Someone recently turned in this question: I’ve struggled with assurance of salvation for years. Could it be that I’m not one of the Elect? Here is my answer:The short answer to your question is that your struggles are proof of the opposite, that you are indeed a child of God. A truly lost person has no desire to know the Lord and would h…

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Pastor Ray’s Circumcision Talk

Posted by on 3.9.12 in Word of Life, Theology, Bible Study

This morning I give the final two lectures on the book of Galatians. I started this journey on Tuesday morning with 300 very eager students at Word of Life Bible Institute in Pottersville, New York. I’ve been teaching Galatians for ten years, and each time I face the same challenge. Even though Galatians is amazingly contemporary, I have sp…

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A Visit to the Taj

Posted by on 2.2.12 in India, Travel, Theology

If you ever have a chance, you should visit the Taj Mahal.It fully deserves its reputation as one of the wonders of the world. Built as a mausoleum by grief-stricken Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his third wife, the Taj took 20,000 men 22 years to build. Except for the Shah’s tomb, which was added later, everything in the Taj is perfe…

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What Christopher Hitchens Got Right

Posted by on 12.20.11 in Current Events, Evangelism, Theology

Christopher Hitchens died last week at the age of 62 after losing his battle with esophageal cancer. Following the publication of his bestselling God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, he toured the country debating a series of religious leaders, including some well-known evangelical thinkers. In Portland, Oregon he was interviewed by …

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25 Sermons for Thanksgiving

Posted by on 11.5.11 in Thanksgiving, Sermons, Preaching, Theology

Thanksgiving is a profoundly Christian holiday in that it focuses us on the God as the true source of all our blessings. As the hymnwriter said, “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.” Here are 21 sermons appropriate for Thanksgiving. You are welco…

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The Pastor Who Didn’t Believe in Hell

Posted by on 10.23.11 in Current Events, Evangelism, Theology

Recently I read about a pastor who lost his faith in hell and then found it again. Having been trained in a liberal seminary, he simply dropped his belief in hell without telling anyone else. He regained his belief first by reading the Bible and then by doing some serious repenting before the Lord. When asked how a loving God could send amazingly …

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Whom I Have Believed

Posted by on 10.18.11 in Devotional, Theology

My good friend Phil Newton has been preaching through 2 Timothy. This week he came to one of the best-known verses in the book: “I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12). He applied the truth to the issue of believers dou…

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