Though Vile as He: A Thanksgiving Message

Nothing gets my blood pumping more than when I hear about serious child abuse/neglect, especially when it’s sexual abuse or when it leads to immense suffering or death. To me, these offenders are among the most depraved people on earth, along with ISIS. (more…)

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What Is the Gospel?

What is the gospel? Every Christian needs to be able to succinctly and sufficiently answer this question to anyone—it¬†contains the very keys to eternal life.

Let me offer my answer:

The gospel is the good news that God saves sinners who repent and believe in Jesus.

I have this memorized. My two daughters, ages five and six right now, have this memorized. It comes out of our mouths instinctively with almost no effort. But memorizing a canned response is only the first part. You must be able to expound upon its meaning.

Pastor Emilio Ramos of Heritage Grace Community Church shares the gospel with student at the Univ. of North Texas.

Pastor Emilio Ramos of Heritage Grace Community Church shares the gospel with students at the University of North Texas.

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The Five Solae of the Reformation

Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.

Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.

In honor of Reformation Day, I have provided a brief summary of what is commonly referred to as the five solae of the reformation.

Sola Scriptura

Latin for “Scripture alone.” It was one of the core tenets that distinguished the reformers from the Roman Catholic church. Sola Scriptura means that the Bible is the ultimate authority for matters of faith and Christian living. It also encompasses the belief that any believer is able to read and understand Scripture. These beliefs were in stark contrast with Catholicism which erroneously held that Scripture and church tradition had equal authority on the believer. The Roman Catholic church also held the view that only the clergy within the Catholic church could reliably interpret Scriptures. (more…)

Memorial Day

Men gave their lives for the freedom of nations from oppressive governments. Christ gave his life for the freedom of humanity from the bondage and punishment of sin. Repent, believe, and experience true liberty.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
(Isaiah 53:5)

The Call of Abraham

The Call

Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
(Genesis 12: 1-3)

The Patriarch

Abraham’s legacy is arguably one of the greatest ever. Three major world religions point to Abraham as its patriarch: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. (more…)