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 →

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