The Baptist Faith and Message states, "The kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King." One of my favorite passages about the Kingdom of God is found in the gospel of Matthew, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and… Continue reading The Kingdom of God
Jesus gave the Church two decrees or commands known as ordinances. Some churches refer to these as sacraments. The word sacrament suggests the action itself carries grace to the Believer. Baptists believe that Jesus gave the ordinances not as a sacrament but as an image and confirmation of God's grace. These acts are a remembrance… Continue reading The Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, spirit, soul, and body. It is a gift offered to all that accept Jesus Christ as Savior, who gave His blood for the ransom of humanity. In broad terms, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. Regeneration or "Born Again" or "New Birth" is a work by… Continue reading You Must be Born Again!
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! The same is true of God’s kind intentions. Paul wrote to the Ephesians and said. “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2… Continue reading Walk in Love!
Marital Intimacy Song of Solomon 1:1-4 According to God, what our culture calls “casual sex” does not exist. Casual sex or sex without strings is a lie. A one-night stand is a relationship with invisible strings to someone you don’t know or want to stay involved with. It costs us in unwanted pregnancies, STDs, emotional… Continue reading A sneak preview of my new Bible Study, Love of Another Kind, available on Amazon.
Nobody’s Perfect Unless They are in Christ Read Song of Solomon 4:1-5:1 In this portion of the Song of Solomon, Jesus is the Bridegroom who prepares His bride for the wedding. Solomon and Jesus see their bride as flawless and perfect in every way. How does Jesus possibly see us as excellent? Consider a one-hundred-dollar… Continue reading A sneak preview of my new Bible Study, Love of Another Kind, available on Amazon.
Express Your Desire for Love Song of Solomon 2:8-14 Encouragement is a powerful tool. If used correctly, it can be transforming. In the 1996 Olympics, Keri Strung, the Olympic gymnast, sought to be a gold medalist. All she had to do was successfully vault, and she would taste gold. There was only one problem. She… Continue reading A sneak preview of my new Bible Study, Love of Another Kind, available on Amazon.
About the Bible study: While reading the Song of Solomon, a woman may wonder, "Am I reading the Bible or Fifty Shades of Grey?" Imagery and metaphors fill the Song with parallels between a garden and physical intimacy. This expository Bible study of the Song of Solomon will give the believer a better understanding of God's… Continue reading I have exciting news to share!
We were created for love and relationship, and we need it. Unfortunately, we tend to doubt God’s love because we compare it to human relational love. Whether it is our parents, children, spouses, aunts, uncles, cousins, or best friends, their love is incomparable to God’s love. It is unmatched because as much as our parents… Continue reading God loves us!
It's that time of year again. The time when we plan and set spiritual, physical, relational, and financial goals for our lives. If I have to be honest, my New Year's resolutions don't always last. I am powerless to effect change in my life, I can want it with all my heart, but I often… Continue reading Happy New Year!