15 Contrasts Between Common and Special Grace

To read the first part of this teaching “Understanding Common and Special Grace” please click this link.

PART II

1-Common grace blesses all men/Special grace saves only some men

As we have seen in part I of this article, in the created order, God bestows His love, mercy, grace and goodness to every creature through what He provides to this world (Read Psalm 145:9). However, we also see that Jesus is only the Lord and Savior of those who believe (Romans 10:9,10). The first is common, the second is special or saving grace

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9 Characteristics of the Modern-Day Remnant Church

As the persecution of the Bible-believing church becomes more intense, there will be a greater manifestation of what I am referring to in this article as the “remnant church.” By remnant church, I am referring to the surviving vestige of the body of Christ that remains true to biblical principles in spite of cultural opposition.

There is always a true remnant left during times of apostasy and persecution. Elijah the prophet found out that God always preserved a remnant, by His grace, that held true to the faith (read 1 Kings 19 and Romans 11:2-5). By remnant church, I am not merely referring to so-called “cultural warrior” churches who seem to always be battling for a cause (which can be part of it, although the gospel is always much bigger than one social cause). I am also not referring to so-called Christian churches that do idiotic things (like burning the Qur’an) or exhibit intentionally hostile (and un-Christ-like) behavior by so-called churches (like the Westboro Baptist Church). (I cringe even calling this group of hate-mongers a church.) I am, however, referring to those of plain and simple faith and obedience to the word of God, which is practiced by humble, people-loving, community-serving, compassionate churches who do not compromise the word of God.

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Understanding Common and Special Grace

Part I

One of the greatest conceptual and theological discoveries I have ever made was when I realized the difference between “common grace” and “special” or saving grace. By common grace I am referring to the fact that God uses and blesses unbelievers, not just His children, to fulfill His purpose in this world. This is why God was able to choose and anoint Persian Kings (E.G. Cyrus, Artaxerxes, Ahasuerus, and Darius the Mede) during the days of the Jewish exile to help restore Jerusalem, as well bless and protect His people.This is also why God calls unsaved political leaders in the Roman Empire His ministers (deacons) in Romans 13:4,7).

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Recapturing the Word of God and the Rest of God

Introduction
Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were able to reflect God’s image because they fellowshipped with Him in the Garden of Eden. After the Fall, the redemption story regarding Christ’s death on the cross is all about trying to restore the image of God in humanity. Without being connected to God again and hearing His voice, it is impossible for us to understand what He wants to restore back to us.

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15 PRINCIPLES FOR POWERFUL BIBLICAL PREACHING

Part I

As somebody who has been preaching and teaching the gospel since 1978, I have seen the “good, the bad and the ugly” when it comes to presenting the Gospel of Christ. (Both in others and myself). After being saved for only about six months, I started preaching on the NYC subways, then on the Staten Island ferry to thousands of people several nights per week. Hence, I learned how to communicate and preach the gospel by real life interaction with people. I have never formally studied homiletics (the science of preaching) but learned from observing my pastor (Ben Crandall-who was an outstanding preacher and teacher) and from experience. I also read books on homiletics and the art of communication.  Read more

The Blessings of Walking in Honor in your Life

As I was fasting and praying while doing a conference in Argentina, the Lord began to drop this teaching in my spirit on honor. Several years ago, I was in a conference and I heard a pastor say that understanding this concept revolutionized his life and ministry. Immediately, I knew I was supposed to delve into this as well. As of the writing of this article, I have not yet read or listened to any teachings on this subject; thus, any overlap with other teachings is due to having the same Holy Spirit teaching us.

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7 Contrasts Between Titular And Functional Leadership

Through the years, I have observed various types of leadership styles as well as how people operate within the flow of leadership titles; In this article, I use the word titular, to refer to a person who tries to lead primarily on the merit of their title and or official position. When I use the term functional, I am referring to a person who earns the respect of their peers and subordinates through their effectiveness and relational capital.

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7 Power Principles of John The Baptist

John the Baptist has always been one of the most intriguing men in all of human history. He was an outlier, living outside of conventional norms and was cited by Jesus as the greatest man ever born (Matthew 11:11).  Since Jesus gave John such an amazing endorsement, we need to learn as much as we can from his life.

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9 ERRORS OF THE GOSPEL OF SELF FULFILLMENT

Since the dawn of the “positive thinking” message of Norman Vincent Peale in the 20th century, there has been an avalanche of preachers teaching variations of this message.  (The “health and wealth” prosperity gospel, “name it and claim it”, along with various modes of motivational types of preaching.) Although this positive message extracts truth from Scripture and has great merit, when isolated outside the whole council of God, it can be misleading and even dis-heartening for adherents who fail to see their dreams come true. Furthermore, when the objective is “self-fulfillment”, the message often reduces the gospel of Christ to appease the narcissistic dreams of half-baked Christians.

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