The Beauty of Salvation (with Discounted Book Offer)

The Beauty of Salvation (with Discounted Book Offer)

Salvation is beautiful. Although we can opine about the theological perfection of the doctrines of salvation, we must never forget the beauty of salvation.

I was born again at a youth revival on a Saturday evening. It was the second night of a two-day youth revival at the Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Jasonville, Indiana. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Friday night, the guest preacher (who would eventually become my youth pastor) preached a message entitled “Watching Jesus Die.” It seemed as though I were sitting on a hillside watching Christ go through every moment of the Crucifixion.

On the next night, Pastor Jerry Ross preached on Hell. I could smell the sulfur and hear the crackling of the flames. I put my faith in Christ that evening. Praise God, I have never been the same! I went to bed that night with the perfect peace of knowing that if I did not wake up in this life, I would be in Heaven with God. I was saved from Hell! I was born again as a child of God! What an unspeakable gift!

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My salvation is just as real and as precious as it was that first night. Hallelujah, my eternal life has barely begun! Why then do I take my salvation for granted at times? You know what I mean. It is human nature. Familiarity can breed contempt or, at the least, disregard.

If you have been saved for a while, you probably have been there. The joy of salvation fades. Service that was once a privilege becomes drudgery. In the past, your eyes would fill with tears quickly at God’s goodness, but how long has it been since you wept over God’s love and care for you? It probably has been too long.

Years ago, I heard an old preacher say, “Some of you have been saved too long.” I understood his meaning immediately. He was saying that some believers were too far removed from their salvation. They had forgotten what it was like to be lost. The miracle of salvation had not waned in its effectiveness, but its impact in their consciousnesses had faded.

Often, I remind our congregation, “Don’t get too far away from the Cross. Visit Calvary often. Relive your salvation. Remember that you should be in Hell. Recall the miracle of forgiveness and eternal life so freely given by the amazing grace of God.” Our Lord knows that we are a forgetful people. He warned us to remember on purpose, lest we forget, what is most important.

Deuteronomy 4:9

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

Deuteronomy 6:12

Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Deuteronomy 8:11–14

Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

Psalm 103:2

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Proverbs 3:1

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 4:5

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

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Hosea 4:6

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Matthew 16:9

Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

Mark 8:18

Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

These verses are only a sampling of what the Scriptures teach about our need to remember and not forget. It would be very instructive for each of us to perform a word study using those words in Scripture. How quickly we forget! Jehovah lamented the waning of love of the Israelites.

Jeremiah 2:2–5

Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD. Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?

How sad! Can you sense the pain of the Lord in these verses? He compares His relationship with Israel to that of a married couple. I have seen the scenario many times throughout the years. A couple is so excited to get married. They cannot get enough of each other. They stand at an altar and pledge their undying love. They plan to live happily ever after.

Over time, the newness of marriage wanes. The couple realizes how busy life really is. They barely talk unless it is about business or to argue. They are like roommates rather than love birds. What happened to the exciting love of their engagement and early years of marriage? Do not let that sad story happen to your relationship with God!

While regeneration is theologically perfect and impressive in its technicalities, we must never lose the awe of God’s love for us. Although, there are duties in the Christian life, we must never become so bogged down by our activities that we neglect the incredible privilege of having an intimate relationship with God.

This book is written to remind us that salvation is beautiful. I pray that as you read it, there will be many times when your eyes moisten with tears. I hope that you will put the book down occasionally and marvel at God’s love for you. Our salvation is beautiful!


This article is the introduction to my book entitled “The Beauty of Salvation.” God describes the elements of salvation with powerful symbols and metaphors. The doctrines surrounding our salvation express God’s unending love and inconceivable sacrifice in moving ways. Learn doctrines such as:

  • Conception  
  • Propitiation
  • Adoption  
  • Imputation
  • Regeneration  
  • Justification
  • Remission
  • Redemption  
  • Reconciliation
  • Sanctification
  • Glorification

Christians will be captivated by salvation’s beauty once again as they read this simple book. They will marvel at God’s unspeakable gift and fall in love with Him all over again.

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Resurrection Victory – 4 Victories Jesus Christ Won For You

Resurrection Victory – 4 Victories Jesus Christ Won For You

The resurrection of Jesus Christ was accomplished by the same power available to you today. Learn how Christ won resurrection victory over four significant foes.

Resurrection – to come alive again after death. Imagine the significance of that power!  

Jesus Christ died on the Cross to pay for our sins. He died and was buried. Three days later, He fulfilled His promise to arise from the dead.  

The song “He Arose!” so aptly says:

Up from the grave, He arose!  

With a mighty triumph o’er His foes.

He arose the Victor from the dark domain

And He lives forever with His saints to reign.

He arose! He arose!

Hallelujah! Christ arose! 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most significant event in human history.  

It changed everything.  

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It is God’s exclamation point on the Gospel.  

It confirms the Words of Christ. It cements the deity of Christ.  

The resurrection proves God’s victory over four foes.

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Heart Test For Personal Revival

Heart Test For Personal Revival

Wide-spread revival begins in the heart of a single Christian.  Is your heart ready for revival?  Take this heart test to find out. God will only save our country when American Christians follow His plan for the salvation of a nation!

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Are you following the admonition for revival found in 2 Chronicles 7:14?  Search your heart using the following questions as a guide.  

Take time to thoughtfully complete this test. Examine your heart.  Consider each question.  Allow God to guide you.  Confess every sin, ask God to forgive you, and request strength for lasting change.

Take The Heart Test For Revival

1. HUMBLE THEMSELVES.

How close to God am I right now?

Am I really concerned about revival?

Am I willing to pay the price for revival?

Am I willing to do anything God wants me to do?

Is God FIRST in my plans? 

Do I think too highly of myself?

Do I think too lowly of myself?

Do I always need to be the center of attention?

Do I deny myself daily to follow Christ?

Have I asked God for help?

Do my “hurt feelings” keep me from serving God?

Am I willing to forgive any wrong against me or against my family?

Do I look down on others in my heart?

Do I have sinful pride in my heart?

Am I willing to ask forgiveness from those I have wronged?

Am I content with the blessings of God in my life?

Am I fully relying on God today?

Am I filled with the Holy Spirit?

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2. PRAY.

Am I committing the sin of prayerlessness?

Do I have a set time to pray each day?

Do I have a specific place to pray each day?

Do I use a prayer list to guide my prayer time?

How much time do I spend in prayer each day?

Do I use a prayer journal?

Do I pray for my enemies?

Do I pray for forgiveness of my sins?

Do I pray for God to forgive the sins of others?

Am I praying for God to forgive and protect my nation?

Am I praying for the leaders of my church, community, and nation?

Do I receive regular answers to prayer?

3. SEEK GOD’S FACE.

Did I seek God’s face today?

Have I neglected the Word of God?

Do I desire the blessings of God?

Am I willing to deny myself to please my Lord?

Is it important to me what God thinks?

Do I seek God in my daily decisions?

Do I seek God in my relationships?

Do I seek God’s direction for my life?

Do I pursue God as if my life depends on it?

Am I obeying God’s Word in my daily life?

Do I show God I love Him by keeping His commandments?

Do I long for God to smile at me because He is pleased with my life?

Do I choose God over sinful pleasure?

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4. TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS.

Have I forgiven everyone?

Is all resentment out of my heart?

Am I impatient?

Am I Irritable?

Am I offended easily?

Do I get angry?

Do I hold grudges?

Do I have enmity toward anyone?

Have I been dishonest with God?

Have I broken any promise or pledge made to God or to His church?  my family?

Since my emergency or crisis has passed, have I keep the promises I made to God?

Am I envious of anyone?

Am I dishonest with others?

Am I too concerned about things?

Have I paid all my debts to others?

Do I have anything in my possession that does not rightly belong to me?

Do I have any habit which I should forsake?

Is there jealously in my heart?

Do I have sinful pride in my heart?

Have I wronged anyone and failed to make restitution?

Is the reputation of others safe in my hands?

Have I been a talebearer or gossip?

Have I hurt someone, or my church, by needless talk about somone’s faults?

Even if it was true, did I glorify God by telling it?

Did I pray for those involved?

Is my heart honest and my mind clean before God?

Are my thoughts pure?

Am I faithful to my wedding vows in deed and in thought?

Do I have any secret sin that I excuse, but should forsake?

Have I forgiven those who talked about me?  my family?

Do I have a right attitude toward my fellow church members?  my pastor?  church leadership?

Do I worry?

Am I anxious about things outside of my control?

Do I complain?

Am I guilty of the sin of unbelief?

Have I honestly tried to be a good witness for Christ?

Conclusion

It is a wonderful thing to be right with God.  What peace and joy comes through full submission to Christ!

May God give us revival in our hearts that will spread throughout the land!

This article is an excerpt from my recent book, “God & America.” It is available at AMAZON or ADD TO YOUR FAITH PUBLICATIONS. Click the links to check it out.

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4 Reasons To Practice Scripture Meditation

4 Reasons To Practice Scripture Meditation

Scripture meditation is a vital Christian discipline. Learn how and why to meditate upon the Scriptures. God will bless your life beyond measure as you practice meditation in the Bible. Learn four reasons to practice Christian meditation.

In this article, we discuss the importance of meditation in the life of the believer. Do you meditate? How much time do you spend each day thinking about God and His Word?

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Life moves quickly. People are so busy today that it’s hard to catch your breath. Busyness is the enemy of meditation.

Determine to make intentional meditation a regular part of your life.

WHAT IS MEDITATION?

Biblical meditation is not Transcendental Meditation taught in false religions and New Age Spiritism.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) refers to a specific form of silent, mantra meditation and to the organizations that constitute the Transcendental Meditation movement.[1][2] Maharishi Mahesh Yogi created and introduced the TM technique and TM movement in India in the mid-1950s.

The meditation practice involves the use of a silently-used mantra for 15–20 minutes twice per day while sitting with the eyes closed.

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According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, Meditate means “To dwell on any thing in thought; to contemplate; to study; to turn or revolve any subject in the mind; appropriately but not exclusively used of pious contemplation, or a consideration of the great truths of religion.”

Biblical meditation is the application of the mind to a specific thought and looking at it from all angles seeking the fullness on understanding on the matter. 

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3 Benefits of Christ’s Empty Tomb

3 Benefits of Christ’s Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ changed the course of human history and the fate of human souls.  Here are three benefits to remember this week.

Most empty things are not good:

  • cupboards
  • refrigerators
  • wells
  • stomachs
  • wallets
  • bank accounts
  • houses
  • heads
  • hearts

In contrast, an empty grave is a good thing.  Some of you may own a grave plot, but you are not in it yet.  That’s a good thing!

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Jesus died.  He should be in the grave, but He is not.  He stayed three nights in a borrowed tomb and rose again.  His grave is empty!

Jesus is the only Religious leader who is not in the grave.

  • Muhammed, the founder of Islam, is buried in a mosque in Medina.
  • Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was cremated in Kushinagar.
  • Mahavira, the founder of Janism, was cremated in Pawapuri.
  • Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, is buried in the Smith Family Cemetery in Nauvoo, IL.
  • Charles Taze Russel, the founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses, is buried in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Hindu leaders have died and are turned to ash.
  • Toaist leaders have been long buried and turned to dust.  

The grave of Jesus Christ is empty!  The God for the empty tomb!

Jesus took something that is empty and made it the path to fullness.

God’s economy works differently than man’s economy.

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Coronavirus and The Church:  What Should We Do?

Coronavirus and The Church: What Should We Do?

The airwaves and newspapers are buzzing with information and opinions about COVID19. What should your church do about coronavirus? These Bible Truths will help you know.

Viruses are scary. History is replete with examples of deadly plagues and sicknesses. No one wants to get sick. Everybody wants to protect their family.

When social distancing is promoted as our only hope, what should ministries do? Church is a social environment. Do we stop church for the foreseeable future? Should we hide in our houses in fear?

What is coronavirus? Is this a global pandemic that will kill untold millions? Or is it more like a stronger version of the common flu? With doctors and pundits on both sides of the equation, it’s hard to know what we can believe.

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To make matters worse, the media today has an agenda. The media establishment prospers financially during crises. Their age-old adage is “If it bleeds, it leads.” That’s why we live in a day of constant “breaking news” and 24 hour-a-day stories that promote fear and anxiety. After all, you pay more attention to the news when you are worried about what is going on in the world.

Further, the media is polarized politically. Many people want the Trump administration to fail so badly that they seem giddy about the possibility of sickness, death, and financial pain. That’s sick.

Should you cancel church services? Should you postpone events? Should you cancel fellowships and meals?

These Biblical principles are good for any difficult situation.

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