Daily Archives: August 2, 2015

John 3:16 in context

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλʼ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. (John 3:16 NA28)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that everyone believing in Him should not perish but have life eternal. (John 3:16 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

The first verse I memorized in Sunday School as a child was John 3:16 from the King James Bible. This must have been sometime around 1956-1957 since I did not learn to read until the 1st grade. My mother even had a plaque made with that verse on it and put it on the wall over my bed. I still have the little white New Testament I got for memorizing the most verses in my class that year. So what? When I look back on…

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Is there a downside to celebrating homosexuality as normal?


Making sense of the meaning of atheism When disagreements come up, it’s good to look at what the evidence is

This article from Touchstone magazine has the numbers. The “CDC” is the government-run Centers for Disease Control.

It says:

We don’t hear much about the HIV/AIDS epidemic anymore. When was the last time you read an article either online or in a newspaper of general circulation, or saw a report on a television news program about HIV/AIDS? And yet, with no media attention or public fanfare, Mr. Obama’s proposed 2016 federal budget requests almost $32 billion for HIV/AIDS treatment and research, an increase of 3.1% over the prior year. Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s recent decision finding a fundamental, constitutional “right” to homosexual and lesbian “marriage,” there is a deeply dark and dangerous side to today’s American homosexuality. Since the first cases of what would later become known as AIDS were reported in the United States in June…

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Daily Devotionals: (2nd Aug.) The False Promises of Sin. Pt. 1

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Reading: Genesis 3:1-24

The promises of Satan are not what we often call “empty promises”; they are filled with the most venomous poison. He promises life and gives death. The promises of Satan do not leave the sinner empty; they leave him reeling and violated. Satan marks out the lines of battle; it is a clear line drawn between the word of God and the word of Satan. Eve must choose between the two. There is no middle-ground, no neutrality.

There are three promises vocalised by Satan in Genesis 3:4–5. In these promises there is not the subtlety that was used earlier. This is an all-out attack. Everything is in the open. He has planted the doubts in the mind and now he is going to move from doubting God to a radical and reckless infidelity, and he will bring Eve with him—and Adam!

The first promise of Satan was…

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A Particular Atonement

Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Taken and adapted from a 
Delivered on Sabbath Morning, February 28, 1858.
By C. H. Spurgeon


“He gave his life a ransom for many.”
–Matthew 20:28

The doctrine of Redemption is one of the most important doctrines of the system of faith. A mistake on this point will inevitably lead to a mistake through the entire system of our belief.

Now, you are aware that there are different theories of Redemption. All Christians hold that Christ died to redeem, but all Christians do not teach the same redemption. We differ as to the nature of atonement, and as to the design of redemption. For instance, the Arminian holds that Christ, when He died, did not die with an intent to save any particular person; and they teach that Christ’s death does not in itself secure, beyond doubt, the salvation of any one man living. They believe that Christ died to make…

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GodLife: Are You a Good Friend?


“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a (NLT)

Can you imagine going through trials without support from friends or family? It is easier to navigate hardship when you have help from Christian brothers and sisters. Jesus told His followers to “do to others as you would like them to do to you” (Luke 6:31). Does this describe you?

Read on to find out what what the Bible says about being a good friend.

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Regeneration, Repentance and Reformation

Written by Archibald Alexander


Whence came the tree from which the cross was made?

What has become of the particles of which it was composed? What hands were employed in preparing this instrument of a cruel death? To such questions no answer can be given–and none is needed. The cross was a common mode of punishment among several nations, and among the Romans was reserved for the punishment of slaves and the vilest malefactors. It was never made use of by the Jews. If they had had the power of execution in their hands when Christ suffered, the punishment for the offence alleged against him would have been stoning. But by the ordering of divine Providence, our Lord was put to death in that way which was accursed, according to the Jewish law; for it was written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”

The death of Christ on the…

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