The Universal Church   When asked this question, most people would jump right in and say the name of their local church. Some will envision the “little white church on a hill” where they first came to know the Lord. Others will think of their particular denomination. Then other people will think of all believers […]

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.“ Psalm 95:6 “Gott ist tot.” “God is dead.”  Such was the repugnant proclamation published by 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.  A depraved, reputed homosexual, Nietzsche exhibited a virulent hatred of God, Christ, and Christianity.  It is little surprise that, following a […]

    [Ed.Note: The following article is being republished with the author’s permission.  The original article was published in the Pueblo West Baptist Church newsletter and on the pastor’s personal blog, teddmathis.com. BA] Tedd Mathis is pastor of Pueblo West Baptist Church in Pueblo West, Colorado. He and his wife, Dawn, have been married for […]

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.“ Psalm 95:6 One of the critical marks that distinguishes true Christianity from “Christianity in name only” is the lifelong struggle of believers against sin.  As J.C. Ryle has said, “True Christianity is a fight.”  The disciple who “abides in My […]

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.“ Psalm 95:6   Divine Neglect It is divine neglect and reflects a willingness to intentionally cripple one’s own growth in the Lord’s grace to fail to pursue and apprehend the manifest revelation of God in the Old Testament.  While Christians […]

God the Holy Spirit   Far too often in conservative, reformed, evangelical circles, the subject of the Holy Spirit is met with tension and uneasiness. Cessationists will bristle, not wanting to venture too far into Continuationist territory. Many believers so greatly dislike the tension and confusion that they would rather just not deal with this […]

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.“ Psalm 95:6 Picture the following scenario. A person gets in their car, equipped with surround sound-like airbag protection, secures the seatbelt across their torso, and proceeds to their destination.  On the way, they pass by a cemetery populated with countless, […]

Sanctification   To sanctify means to set apart for holy use. We are sanctified positionally at the moment of salvation, which is our justification. At that moment we are seen as holy, as saints. Completely accepted in the Beloved. This position never changes. We also are progressively being sanctified as we grow in Christlikeness. And […]