Superlative Love: 1 John 4:11

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only […]

Who’s to Blame?

Blame God’s lack of existence Back in my college days, I went to hear a debate between an apologist and an atheist philosopher. I don’t remember much about what the apologist said, but I do remember that the atheist’s argument seemed very strange to me. He basically said, since there is evil in the world, […]

Reflections on the Wrath of God

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. (Romans 1:18, 19, NASB). In the last post I said, “When Paul says […]

The surprising difference between evil deeds and righteous deeds

11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not marvel, […]

1 John 3:11-13 The adventures of Abbie and Cainie

11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not marvel, […]

Forgiveness and Cleansing

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; […]

The True God is revealed at the Cross

The full character of the living God is revealed fully in the gospel. It unreasonable to think that we should teach people first that God is holy and that they need to understand this first before they can understand the gospel. They don’t need to understand that God is triune before they can understand the […]

Maintenance Men

For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. Romans 3:28 NASB We persist, we continue to assert, we have concluded, we are eternally convinced of this: it is apart from works that we are justified. It is not a confidence in what we do, it is a […]

The Two Universes – Audio Message

The audio sermon derived from these two posts: The Two Universes The Two Universes – More Thoughts [audio:http://thereforenow.com/dumpy/sermons/two_universes_64.m4a]

The Challenge of Forgiveness

Here is the audio of a message given at Dakota Creek Christian Center in Blaine WA on May 27 2012.   If you would like a copy of the powerpoint slides for this message leave a comment and I’ll send it to you.