Is Salvation By Faith or Works?

We believe that salvation is a gift from God, completely and wholly.  Salvation is a process that happens by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  The Bible tells us that our righteousness (or right living) is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Even the person who lives their entire life perfectly means nothing to Christ.  So it is completely by grace and not works that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8).  By the same token, if we are saved our lives should show it.  Read the rest of this entry

He Is Not Here

“He is not here.”  Those words are only used 3 times in the Bible.  Each instance was from 3 versions of the same story.  It is a group of ladies who were looking for Jesus.  That is not normally the phrase you would hear when you are looking for Jesus.  We actually are told to believe the opposite. Paul said that Jesus started from scratch and “he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near” (Acts 17:26-28).  If you seek for God you will find Him.  Read the rest of this entry