Grace in Protestant and Catholic Theology

  Grace is a central teaching of the Christian faith.  Grace is a gift from God and apart from God it is not possible achieve sanctifying grace.  In this regard the Church echoes the words of St. Paul in Ephesians 2:8-9 where he writes, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this... Continue Reading →

Purgatory, Hell, and the Afterlife

One of the things that seems to confuse our non-Catholic Christian brethren is the subject of purgatory. Those who enter purgatory are guaranteed to go to heaven at some point. Purgatory is not a second chance at redemption, and nor is it a permanent destination. The church has always taught what the scriptures teach in... Continue Reading →

Ultimate Thirst Quencher

"Jesus said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.  The water that I will give him will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life."- John 4:13-14 We are all thirsty for... Continue Reading →

By Faith

"For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God."- Ephesians 2:8 It is in our human nature to try to complicate things.  We even have a saying that states, "That is almost too easy."  Throughout church history many have tried to complicate... Continue Reading →

God So Loved

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."- John 3:16 If today's verse is not the most popular then I don't know what is.  It is by far the most famous summary of the gospel in all of scripture.... Continue Reading →

Rescue Mission

"He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son."- Colossians 1:13 There is a popular movie series entitled "Mission Impossible".  A spy has to complete missions that are seemingly impossible to save the world.  Somehow, someway the spy always finds a way to complete the... Continue Reading →

Love is Manifested

"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him."- 1 John 4:9 As I look back on life there are many times where I thought I understood things clearly, but looking back it is very evident that... Continue Reading →

Faith and Assurance

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."- Hebrews 11:1 Chapter eleven of the book of Hebrews is known as the hall of fame of faith.  It describes the faith of the Old Testament patriarchs.  The chapter gives examples of the Noah, Abraham, Enoch, and others who were... Continue Reading →

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