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Salvation Truths (Part 1): Grace, Faith, Obedience, And Good Works

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Sometimes back, I wrote something like this; “there is no such thing as free will. Man is either a slave to sin or grace. And yet there is true freedom in slavery to grace”. It was a social media post and many friends reacted to it. While some agreed with the above Biblical position, others insisted that we are saved to be free from law and all it requires. And yet others insisted, that we shall be judged according to our works! 

And so we all got mixed up and I ended up promising to come up with a detailed article covering these truths. And today seems to be the day for the article, read on. 

Note: I will first look at each of the above truths (grace, faith, obedience, and Good works)  alone and then finally do the synthesis (joining the concepts). 

The final question to answer is this; how does the gift of faith in the saving grace of Jesus (God) bring about obedience and good work (s)?

Today's Devotional Verse: John 10:10. Full Life In Jesus Alone!

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"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (NIV) 
Over the centuries, so many prophets and the so called 'men of God' have stood up and proclaimed different hundreds of ways and means one can find true and happy life. In my country here in Uganda, the few of the many means that men of God have put forward include, seeding (giving money and other things to God expecting payback of more than you have given), long periods of fasting, sprinkling with anointed water, oils, or rice, sacrifices like buying many church services for the dead or simply living in lack, pain, and suffering, and simply working on yourself as motivational speakers tell us! 
And you know what! The above confusion and spread of false doctrines is not happening in our times only, it's as old as man himself (better put; as old as Satan himself-he is the father of lies). In Jesus' days, the same claims existed that pointed pe…

Today's Motivational Verse: John 3:16. God & His Unconditional Love For the World, For Us!

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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (KJV) 

The above verse is embedded in between lines that are about God's salvation and life He prepared for everyone that believes. Before that, Nicodemus (chapter 3:1-10) had started a long conversation with Jesus and the question in discussion was this; how can I be born again? And it seems our today's verse is part of the answer that Jesus gave to such a question; Believe in Jesus Christ!

In the above verse, Jesus is saying that, out of love and love only, God decided to give out His "only begotten son" to the world. The verse emphasizes love for indeed it is out of love that God moves or moved towards us. We didn't have any quality, any feature of attraction, and there was or is nothing admirable about us. And yet, as our culture says, a child, even a rotten one is still your child. In that same parent-like move…

Can We Be Inspired From Non-Christian Literature, Music, and Movies or Even People? And Should We be?

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A few months ago, in one of my writings, I cited Rihanna (the famous American pop and RNB singer) in one of his songs and said something like this; "we found love in a hopeless place". And do you know what happened next? Not very good. Someone, I still know and remember her name, rebuked me that it was evil to quote non-Christian things and people while bringing a theological, biblical or "godly" point on board. 

I tried to discuss and persuade her in vain and we ended up on a bad string; disagreement. 

But she is not the only one! In our churches, communities, and service areas, we have so many Christians condemning and pointing fingers at each other for watching and enjoying non Christian movies, singing and dancing to world secular music, reading novels about love, romance, crime, and magic, and indulging in all sources of information, information that, according to them (the celebrants), matters and inspirational. 

Today's Devotional Verse: Romans 8:28.

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All things work together for good (first part) of those who love God (second part and conditional), to them who are called according to His purpose (third part and conditional too) [Romans 8:28]

Rarely had we paid attention to this common verse. 

Motivational speaker shall use this verse to convince you that the death your father, the runaway of your girlfriend, the failure in your exams, and maybe the delayed salary payments by your boss shall ultimately turn into something good, but that could be a lie! Actually, chances are you are gonna plunge more and more into danger and destruction. 

We have heard the words, when one door closes, thousands other doors open, but that could be a lie too. It's actually possible for your door to close and even ventilators and windows get shut and life or your life gets suffocated to death! 

I know I am being rude today, but let's go back to the meaning of the above motivational verse. 

For everything (both days of grace and disaster) to work for…

Hello Christians, Let’s Discuss: What Are the ‘Gifts’ and ‘Fruits’ of the Holy Spirit? And Who Should Have Them?

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Countless times we have confused these two products of the Holy Spirit and our confusion does not only affects us but also those we come in contact with especially when it comes to the issues of Holy Spirit and who has Him. And so today let’s see what the bible says; our major texts are from Galatians 5:22-23 (for fruits) and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 27-31 (for gifts).

The Spiritual fruits (Gal 5:22-23)But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong” (New Century Version)

“But the Fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (King James Version)

But the Spirit (not the man himself for there is nothing but evil that can flow out of man) produces the ‘fruit’ of love [note the singular use of the word fruit and also the replacement of the word ‘works’ (see verse 19) by the word…

So why did Jesus die? Why was He killed? What Was The Purpose?

Apparently, I thought that at least every Christian or religion simply believe and know that Jesus Christ died for our sins, nothing less and nothing more! However, as I meet different people whether on Facebook or even elsewhere, I am overwhelmed by a good number of people (both Christians and non-believers) who don't think Jesus died because of our sins but because of the shift in thinking and knowledge He brought (call it a philosophy or paradigm shift) that was not received or was not welcome.  FREE: Re-defining God’s Unconditional Love GET IT HERE NOW FOR FREE