Does Grace Alone Save?

"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." Genesis 6:8

What is grace? The American Heritage Dictionary defines grace as "a favor rendered by one who need not do so". Merriam-Webster defines it as "unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification". How did Noah find grace in God's sight? 

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Is There A Difference?

 Is there a difference between an accurate and necessary "report" and "tale bearing", "gossip", or "slander"? Obviously there must be a difference because Paul condemns slander and gossip in 1Cor 12:20 (NASV) and in 1Cor 1:11; 5:1 he uses "information" that is "reported" about other brethren as the basis for his rebuke. Therefore, Paul recognizes a distinction between the two. Since there is a distinction between the two, we as God's children must refrain from gossip or slander because it is sin. Yet on the other hand, we must appreciate the necessity, at times, of necessary information being reported in order that sin can be dealt with as is required in the New Testament (Rom 16:17; 2Tim 2:17,18). 

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“For” As Used In Acts 2:38

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38 KJV). Did Peter tell the people to be baptized in order to have their sins forgiven or did he tell them to be baptized because their sins were already forgiven? Religious people have disagreed about this for many years. The points of discussion are (1) what the Bible says about “when an alien sinner is saved,” (2) the grammar of Acts 2:38, and (3) the meaning of the word “for.”

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On This Thanksgiving Day

Helen Keller wrote, “For three things I thank God every day of my life: thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of His works; deep thanks that He has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to – a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song” (Story of My Life, 1905). The life of Helen Keller was filled with extraordinary challenges that many could never master. Through her determination and will she lived a full and rewarding life that became a model of all those who suffer hardships in life. She had much to be thankful for in her misery.

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Lack of Church Growth

Just the casual observer can see that the Lord’s church is not growing as it once did. What is the problem? I do not presume to know all the answers. I know that there are some who are quick to blame it on our being wed to the “out-dated” means and methods of the past. “Gospel meeting no longer work,” we hear. “Traditional pulpit style preaching is no longer effective,” we are told. Maybe this needs to give way to a more cozy “fireside chat” type communication. We need to make our worship style more contemporary to attract a new generation. In our personal evangelism, maybe encouraging people to attend our services to learn even more, is not the way to go. Maybe we should just not mention the church to them, until after we have brought them to the Lord. You, see, mentioning the church may generate prejudice and turn them off. If we would just adopt these newer methods and discard the old, we might start growing again. On and on the list could go.

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