Faith Comes from God

by Mike Ratliff

28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God? John 6:28 (NASB)

Genuine Christians will be very interested in getting the answer to the question posed to Jesus from John 6:28. If a professing Christian is not interested in that answer then there’s a problem. On the other hand, there are many professing Christians who have answered that question without reading Jesus’ response to it. Instead, they have jumped head foremost into “religous” work that they believe pleases God and is earning them bonus points in eternity. Their “works” may look good to most people, including non-Christians, but are they what Jesus tells us are the genuine works of God? Let’s look at this passage in context. Continue reading

A Convenient Cult

by Chip Brogden

“Therefore the king asked advice, made two calves of gold, and said to the
people, ‘It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods,
O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!'” (I Kings 12:28).

So begins the sad testimony of Israel’s fall from being a holy people to a
backslidden nation of idol-worshippers. How is it that, in such a short
time after the completion of the Temple in Jerusalem, Israel could be led
astray? There is a prophetic application to our current situation. These
things are written as an example to us, so let us look at this defining
moment in Israel’s history and see what lessons can be learned.

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