Here in Ohio, we’re experiencing what we like to call “fool’s Spring.” It’s where the weather suddenly goes from wintery mix to blue skies. The warmth upon your face from the sun above might trick a fool into thinking it’s the real deal only to crush your dreams in a few days when the temperature drops again. It’s a taste of Spring, anyway, and I’m not complaining.
It stirs my mind to ponder the little “tastes” of what heaven will be like, where flowers never fade and life reigns eternally. We see glimpses of it now in the revival of dead grass and baby bunnies due to frolic in our yard in the coming weeks. I can’t help but hear the song of redemption in the melody of the birds. New branches begin to form on desolate rose bushes and all I can think of is the power of the gospel, calling dead sinners to new life in Christ.…
I’ve been filling my brain with a lot of World War II novels, documentaries, and movies. Probably a good idea for someone often tempted to lie awake at night making up scary scenarios in her mind. But alas, here we are.
I tend to internalize sad stories, pondering the pain of experiencing the same circumstances of others. Empathy comes easily to me, usually for the good of others but sometimes to my demise. Picture me sobbing as I tell my husband of how awful it would be if such and such happened and begging him to never die. Then picture my husband laughing at me in my ridiculousness. But seriously, what would I do if I only had a piece of bread to feed my child? How tragic would it be to see my husband and son killed and then face sudden death myself? What if we were bombed and panic ensued? …
This article was originally published on Gospel-Centered Discipleship.
It was a warm October that year. As the leaves began to boast one last time bearing auburns and oranges before falling to their death, I suspected new life. The first signs of pregnancy found their place in the smell of a far-off unlit candle and the heaviness of my eyes. One pregnancy test later and my suspicions were confirmed. But just as we lost our first baby, this one was gone too soon, as well as our third child.
After nearly two years of walking through devastating grief on grief on grief, I was diagnosed with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss.
It was like walking through a season of storms and steady rain. The storms are like tsunamis, threatening to overtake and drown your life in sorrow. Once the storm is hushed, you’re left with unrelenting rain—the steady undertone of sadness as you learn to live without the babies you’d hoped would be part of your life. …
One evening at Bible study a few years ago, a comment was made that immediately sent me into a spiral of questioning my salvation. I drove home with fearful thoughts swirling in my head. When I finally arrived, I knelt down beside my bed and wept before the Lord. What if I’m not a true believer? I wondered.
Assurance of salvation is something most Christians have struggled with at some point. Am I truly saved or am I just fooling myself? Will I spend my whole life thinking I’m fine only to be one of the people Jesus declares he never knew (Matthew 7:21-23)?
These types of questions make anxiety pulse through our hearts. Our sin lies before us and we worry if that angry thought or this sinful action could be a result of a heart not yet saved. Soon, we find ourselves looking so inwardly that despair is our closest companion.…
This article is part of the series on Lies People Believe About Reformed Theology.
Lie #3: Reformed Theology Teaches that God’s power is Limited
Limited Atonement. Has there been a more misleading term? Doubt it. A misunderstanding of this doctrine is one of the biggest reasons people reject the doctrines of election found within Reformed Theology.
Not to mess up the TULIP acronym, but I prefer the term used by the late R.C. Sproul: Definite Atonement.
Limited or Definite Atonement doesnot teach that Jesus’ death on the cross is limited in power, for it is sufficient to save all. Instead, it teaches that he died exclusively for his sheep, just as we find in scripture.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:14-15 ESV)
The sheep he speaks of are those the Father has given to him to save. …
This article is part of a series. You can read Part 1 here.
Continuing our series on lies people believe about Reformed Theology, we now come to a very common objection to the doctrines of grace found within the Reformed faith.
Lie #2: If These Doctrines are True, God is Not Loving
How can God be loving like the Bible says if he chooses some people to be saved and not others?
We’ve arrived at one of the hardest questions surrounding God’s sovereignty over salvation. It’s a valid concern, and yet the Bible both claims that God saves some and not others and that he is the definition of love. In fact, if it weren’t for his faithful love, he would choose none to be saved.
This is hard for us as humans because we think it seems unfair. But truly, what is fair? We’ve all sinned against God millions of times and yet he saves some of us.…