Posts by jjohnson

What Does it Mean to “Glorify God”?

I often hear the encouraging words “glorify God” from my Christian friends.  I think this has become a popular phrase among Christians over the past several years.  This is wonderful, because it quickly focuses us on our main purpose in life (1 Corinthians 10:31). But what exactly does it mean to glorify God?  Meditate on…

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Why – Primarily – Did Jesus Come?

Scripture records several answers to the question, “Why did Jesus come?”  Here are several reasons from Jesus’ own lips: – That His people would have abundant life (John 10:10) – To seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) – To destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) – To serve and give His…

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Complete Through the Gospel

You have been made complete through the gospel, the good news that God showed His love, mercy and grace toward you.  Because of this, you extend love, mercy and grace to others, no strings attached: Because you know God loves us, you can love others (1 Corinthians 13:7 – love tries to assume the best…

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How God the Father has Approached You

Ephesians 2:4-9 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,…

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Trusting God: the Foundation

Psalm 9:10 “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” It is when you come to know God personally that you begin to trust Him.  To know God’s name is to believe in Him.  In John 2:23, many people believed in…

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He Opened Not His Mouth

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.  (Isaiah 53:7) Isaiah uses the phrase “he opened not his mouth” twice in this sentence, and I…

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Established in God’s Love

As a Christian, how are you established in God’s love? This 10-day Bible reading schedule will deepen your understanding of the wondrous love of God, and how it is not only something He did for you 2000 years ago, but something He continues to do today. For the print-quality version, please visit our Resources page.

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How a Believer Drifts from the Gospel

At times during God’s sanctifying process, a believer can drift from the good news of the gospel.  This graphic illustrates what causes the drift (law keeping and idols of the heart), and how the gospel calls us home.  This concept is laid out in the highly recommended IBCD training course.  Graphic by thekiln.org.  

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What is the Gospel?

The most succinct definition of the gospel is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.  For…

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