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WILL WORK FOR…GRACE? A LOOK AT TITUS PT.4 by Caleb H.
April 20, 2009, 7:05 am
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by Caleb Hancock

So…if salvation is by grace alone, and not according to what we contribute, does that mean that we can now go do what we want regardless of consequences? I mean, if we’re saved by grace, isn’t that a license to sin???

Let’s take a look and see what scripture has to say about this. More specifically, let’s continue looking at Titus 3…

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WILL WORK FOR…GRACE? A LOOK AT TITUS PT.3 by Caleb H.
April 13, 2009, 6:45 am
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by Caleb Hancock

Now that we have reached the heart of the matter, the fact that God saves the undeserving sinner who repents and trusts in God’s mercy evidenced in Christ, where does that leave us?

Albeit, with these truths in mind, we have sufficient reason to praise God for all of eternity. He has saved us! He not only created each of us, but He has set His mercy on those whom He has chosen to save that we might praise Him forever! But he didn’t just stop with creation or salvation…

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WILL WORK FOR…GRACE? A LOOK AT TITUS PT.2 by Caleb H.
April 6, 2009, 7:47 am
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by Caleb Hancock

Is your relationship with God marked by drastic ups and downs? Are you, from day to day, assessing “how you’re doing” as it relates to God dependent on how you feel you’re doing? If you are aware of recent sin, is your relationship with God marked with shame and embarrassment, and you feel that you are not worthy of praising God, praying, or fellowshipping with other believers?

BEWARE! These are the symptoms of legalism. A belief system that is prominent in humanity and seeks to base our relationship with God on our efforts and accomplishments. Not only does this system bring about depression and discouragement when you fall off the bandwagon, but, even more dangerously, it can lead to vehement pride that assumes good standing with God based on obedience to him. Is this You?

If so, the next 3 verses from Titus 3 will be very offensive.

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WILL WORK FOR…GRACE? A LOOK AT TITUS PT.1 by Caleb H.
March 30, 2009, 9:46 am
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by Caleb Hancock

You guys know what I’m talking about. You pull off of the interstate, you’re about to get to the stop light at the end of the ramp before you make your turn, and you see him. A man stands in the median with a cardboard sign, “Will work for food.”

While we might not be advertising our desires on the back of old boxes, I have found that mine, and I believe, every human heart, has a default setting of trying to earn God’s forgiveness and favor. We recognize that something is wrong in the way we relate to God, and we take it upon ourselves to address the problem. But what does scripture say?

Is it really dependent on our performance how God relates to us? Can we, because of what we do, put God in a place where he is obligated to forgive us and bless us because we have obeyed him?

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FINISHING WELL by Caleb H.
March 23, 2009, 5:32 am
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by Caleb Hancock

I recently had the pleasure to eat dinner with a man who has been in Christian ministry for over 50 years. While it was an honor and privilege to hear this man’s experiences and to hear his views on important theological and ecclesiological concepts, it was more encouraging to simply view this man’s love for God’s word. How he was daily benefitting from spending time reading the Scriptures and preaching the gospel to himelf. This reminded me that, as a young man, the battle will rage and continue to be important until my dying day to remember what is of first importance. It’s not what impact I can make on my church or family, it’s not how badly I have screwed up and trying to minimize it, it’s not the daily tasks and roles that I fill. Rather, the most important daily task that I can and should contemplate and remind myself of is the good news of God’s grace shown to ill-deserving sinners like myself through the cross of God’s son, Jesus. Because He lived without  sin as my representative, because He hung on a cross experiencing the full weight of God’s holy wrath against sin, and because God graciously opened my eyes to see and believe these truths, I am forgiven of all my sin and credited with Christ’s perfect record! This is the gospel! And there is no more important truth to apply to one’s own soul than this. It brings peace, joy, humility, true-wisdom, and unsearchable other benefits as well! I now have peace with God, not based on my performance!

Seeing this older man’s love for these truths, and the life of faithful service, motivated by God’s grace that resulted, fired me up to want to finish well. Whatever my future holds, whatever God has planned for me in the days remaining to me here on earth, I want to pursue holiness with the cross of Christ always before me.

Let me encourage and exhort you to the same mission. Let’s follow this man’s example, as the example of so many Christian leaders in years past and present, and finish our course well!

Application:

  • If you’re in school, seek to finish this semester excellently for God’s glory. Be faithful to study and diligent in your school-work that you might excel.
  • If you are an employee, seek to honor and support the leadership of your boss and to be a faithful and diligent worker, as unto the Lord.
  • If you are the head of a household, seek to serve and lead your family toward godliness, through laying your life down for them.
  • For all, serve in your local church! Serve with joy and humility the body that God has blessed you to be a part of.

In all these things, look to Christ, the author and perfecter of your faith and run with renewed strength each day.



Devotional for Christian Mountain-climbers by Caleb H.
March 2, 2009, 5:40 am
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by Caleb Hancock

Do you love to see views like this?:

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Have you ever seen them in person?

Well, for today’s devotional, head on over to John Piper’s blog via the link below and enjoy this excellent post and gaze on “Mount Everest”.

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WHO FIRST? by Caleb H.
February 23, 2009, 5:10 am
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by Caleb Hancock

One of my friends recently shared a few verses with me that REALLY ENCOURAGED ME as I reflected on the implications of the words that were shared. Once again, I am amazed at the effects of God’s words in scripture and their affect on my soul. (Although, we shouldn’t be too surprised as scripture relates over and over that this is so!)

But, without further ado, let me share these verses with you as well:

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