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Jun, 17, 2021 0
God’s grace, and only this grace, can offer salvation to humanity. “So God created mankind in his own image…male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Humankind disobeyed and corrupted their original relationship with God. In our fallen state, we can do nothing by ourselves to recover this…
 
Jun, 17, 2021 0
John Wesley affirmed the place of Baptism and Eucharist (Lord’s Supper) as instituted means of grace, among other practices like prayer, study of Scripture, and Christian fellowship. In all of these practices, the cause of grace is reflected in the work of Christ. While there is no inherent benefit…
 
Jun, 17, 2021 0
Is “Prevenient Grace” Biblical? The task of establishing the idea of “prevenient grace” from a New Testament perspective may be challenging because the term itself does not appear in the New Testament or in the whole Bible for that matter. The term is theological and presents a Wesleyan…
 
Jun, 17, 2021 0
What is God like? Countless books on this subject line library shelves, written by scholars in multiple languages from diverse cultures around the world. Speculation abounds with possible answers. Jesus Christ answered that question plainly for all to understand during His earthly ministry. He…
 
Jun, 10, 2021 0
“God is on the Move” is the name of a song, yes, but for my wife, Terri, and me, it became an anthem. As the lead pastor at Connect Church in a small community of Northern Oklahoma, I gladly tell this story. On July 11, 1999, my wife and I moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma. We were both only a few…
 
May, 03, 2021 0
Are you a person of influence? I understand hesitation here. You may not want to say “yes” or believe that you, an ordinary person, might be influential. All too easily, we think of influence as something that pertains only to the super-elite—the gifted communicators, the dynamic leaders, the…
 
May, 03, 2021 0
Rosa and Peter, of Peruvian heritage, live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with their young sons. In March of 2020, Peter travelled to Peru for a family wedding. His flight was scheduled to return three days later. When Argentina shut its borders due to COVID-19, the government promised that flights…
 
Apr, 30, 2021 0
I grew up in Iowa and was called by God to ministry at the age of 10. This call was recognized and affirmed by a local pastor, and on July 2, 1972, I had the opportunity to preach my first-ever sermon at this pastor’s church. Later, I was ordained under his leadership when he became district…
 
Apr, 21, 2021 0
I was the first child born into a church plant my parents helped start. This was back in the day when the members literally built the church themselves—my father ran all of the electrical work in the church building. One evening, my mother delivered dinner to the workers but ended the night at the…
 
Apr, 21, 2021 0
People close to me know that I am not a handy person. I am not someone you would call to fix things. Yet in my five years as a pastor, I have learned a few things about construction. One of the things I learned was how to use rebar. If you put rebar down before pouring concrete, the finished…