Posts Tagged ‘Salvation’

Why Every Person Should Attend a Funeral Once a Year

Monday, July 28th, 2014

  Every person should attend a funeral at least once a year. Going to a wedding reminds you that the marriage bond is sacred.  Going to a funeral reminds you that life is a vapor and one day yours will be gone. When it is announced in church that someone has died, I try to […]

What Your Soul Really Wants

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

We value life, don’t we?  We live for life.  We bleed, sweat, vomit, purge, and part with possessions for life.  If someone held you up at gunpoint, demanding your wallet, you’d part with it.  Why?  Because “life” is better than possessions. We would even part with our own limbs in order to preserve our lives.  We’ve […]

What Being “In Christ” Means

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Here is a great reality that stands at the center of the Christian life.   Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was born in the manger, died on the cross, and rose from the dead, lives by his Spirit in the soul of every Christian believer. We call this being “in Christ.” If you feel that all […]

Something More Important Than Your Freedom

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

What is the most amazing story you’ve ever heard? This one is at the top of my list, and it is anything but normal: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison […]

The Image of God: Three Important Questions

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Genesis is a word that simply means beginning. Here in chapter one, we find both the beginning of the Bible and the beginning of Creation. We learn that we have a God who can create energy, matter, waves, time, life, and us by his very words. I find this to be an awesome truth about […]

Saving Your Soul

Monday, May 12th, 2014

      Saving Your Soul #2/7: Soul Care—How to Guard Your Most Valuable Possession 1 Peter 2:24-25   May 10th / 11th 2014 (Mothers’ Day) by Pastor Colin S. Smith   What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36   Jesus is saying, “You have […]

Five Maundy Thursday Thoughts

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

What a week to search our hearts. The following lessons from Luke’s gospel jumped out at me so clearly this morning, and I pray they will be of help to you as you meditate on Christ’s journey to the cross today. Luke 22:2 – The chief priests and the scribes feared man and the power […]

All Who Are Thirsty, Come to Jesus

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

  Sixty percent of the human body is comprised of water. Amazing! In other words, we need water to survive. Water is not an option for us. Our lives depend on it. Think about how easily a human dehydrates. All it takes is a hard workout, a hot day, or hours of neglecting to drink […]

The Power of God to Set You Free

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

There is one battle you will fight your entire life. I’m referring to your battle against sin. Some of you reading this blog post are discouraged today; some of you feel beat up and ashamed; some of you are sick of fighting the sin in your life; and some of you have just about given […]

MP3 Download: “Rescued!”

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Jesus died to rescue us… But what does He rescue us from?     Many today believe that Jesus Christ rescues them from their sins, and having secured forgiveness, the rest is up to them. Discover the good news that Jesus’ rescue involves much more than forgiveness. “Rescued!” examines Romans 8 that comes at the […]

The Preacher Who Rightly Refused to Pray for Me

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

One day I was at a conference in which one of my preaching heroes spoke. He had been a great blessing to me and there was an anointing on his ministry. I wanted that! The conference lasted three days and there was a group of about 100 people. I decided I would ask this man […]

MP3 Download: “Be Yourself”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Authentic Christianity is about being who you are. What happened when you became a Christian? What changed? What stayed the same? Discover your new identity in Christ. “Be Yourself: Discovering Your New Identity in Christ” examines what the Bible says about finding our Christian identity, by opening up four Scripture passages. Looking at these Bible verses will transform […]

Five Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Family and Friends

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Question: I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been writing to my parents about Jesus for about 3-4 months now. I feel as though there is no change in them at all. I really miss talking to them and I love then. I just want them to be saved!!! Any suggestions? Thank you so […]

Word of God or Gaga?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

A little while back, I met with some of our pastors as we talked about our congregation.  One of the guys said, “Many of our people are reading the Bible, but they don’t really believe what it says about sin.” Then our youth pastor at the Barrington campus said, “Pastor Colin do you know the […]

Bible Q&A: Who Receives the Redemption Payment?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Question: Who Receives the Redemption Payment? That is, when Christ redeemed us, who was paid? Answer: This is a common question.  It often arises once a person gets hold of the biblical idea of “redemption.” “Redemption” in the ancient world happened when someone stepped in and paid off a slave’s debt in order to purchase their […]

The Meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Easter is a major Christian holiday that celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Good Friday remembers the crucifixion and death of Christ, while Easter Sunday celebrates His resurrection. What is the meaning and significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Why is it something that has been so celebrated throughout history? Here are […]

Three Reasons Why People Reject God | Video

Friday, February 1st, 2013

In his recent sermon titled Hidden Hatred in the Human Heart, Pastor Colin Smith (@PastorColinS) shared three reasons that people reject Jesus Christ. Below is a video snapshot explaining why Christ is a stumbling block to many (full text below). People stumble over Christ’s teaching about: 1. His unique glory “The Spirit of the Lord […]

Five Reasons Why We Should Love the Genealogies of the Bible

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Why did God include lengthy genealogies in the Bible? Was it to make us bored? Was it to laugh at us as we struggle to pronounce Hazarmaveth or Ge-harashim? While we can’t peek into the mind of God to know the exact reasons, there are several reasons that coming across a bible genealogy in your […]

10 Ways to Keep Christ the Center of Christmas

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Christmas season is coming up, which means making plans, buying presents, debating on the day it is “acceptable” to start listening to Christmas music, and thinking of loved ones. While things like gift-giving, cookie-baking (and eating!), and spending time with loved ones can be great and memorable things, Christians should seek to make Christ the […]

Bible Q&A: Who Really Has the Authority on Earth, God or Satan?

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Question: In Bible Study the other day, we are studying Luke  chapter four. Satan tempts Jesus (in the wilderness 40 days), Satan says to Jesus, bow down and worship me and I can give you all this. I know he is the father of lies, was that a lie? Could he have given Jesus all…?  If […]

What is a True Christian? Definition of Real Christianity | Video

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Knowing the answer to the question “What is a true Christian?” is a very important one, especially when it is followed by “Am I a true Christian?” The Unlocking the Bible team tackles this important question in the video below: The Beatitudes of Matthew 5 describe the way true Christians live by describing the type […]

What is the Importance of the Ascension of Jesus Christ?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Much is said in Christian circles the importance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ while not a lot gets said about the importance of the ascension of Jesus Christ. Here is a short but helpful video from the Unlocking the Bible team (Steve Hiller, Sam Kee, and Colin Smith) tackling the topic in an encouraging […]

The Resurrection: It Really Matters

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The resurrection not only has objective support in Scripture, but it also has personal impact. There are plenty pieces of evidence in Scripture to give adequate proof for the event of the resurrection. We could look at the empty tomb, how the grave clothes were left behind, the changed lives of the disciples, the excuses […]

The Power in the Blood of Jesus Christ

Monday, March 12th, 2012

French philosopher Voltaire and American President John Adams are famous for their criticisms of Christianity because they thought it was a “bloody religion,” with all its wars, its frequent mention of blood, and the bloody death of its founder, Jesus Christ. What is it about blood, which we normally think of as grotesque, that has caused […]

How to Respond to Attacks From Satan

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Have you ever doubted your salvation in light of your sinfulness? This excerpt from a Charles Spurgeon sermon should be a comfort: “I know what the devil will say to you.  He will say to you, ‘You are a sinner!’ Tell him you know you are, but that for all that you are justified.  He […]

Ascension (Day 14)

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that last impressions stay with you.  Think of what that must have been like for the disciples.  Luke records that ‘”When he [Jesus] had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left […]

Breakfast with the Devil, Supper with the Savior

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Breakfast with the Devil, Supper with the Savior #2/7: 7 Words from the Cross Luke 23:43 April 16th / 17th 2011 by Pastor Colin S. Smith “One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‘Aren’t you the Christ?  Save yourself and us!’” Luke 23:39 Here is a man in the last hours […]

What Qualifies Jesus to be Our Savior? | Video

Friday, February 18th, 2011

By definition, a “savior” is someone who overcomes our enemies, rescuing us from their powerful grip.  What enemies do every one of us face?  What uniquely qualifies Jesus to be our Savior from them?

The Family of God: Standing Firm

Monday, February 7th, 2011

The Family of God: Standing Firm #6/10: Staying the Course When You’re Tired of The Battle Wisdom for Discerning the Battle 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 February 5th / 6th 2011 by Pastor Colin S. Smith “So then, brothers, stand firm…” 2 Thessalonians 2:15 Antichrist is coming.  The whole world will be deceived.  The spirit that animates […]

Jesus Christ Our Lord

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Jesus Christ our Lord #1/3: Regarding God’s Son Romans 1:1,4   March 20th / 21st 2010 by Pastor Colin S. Smith   “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God–the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, […]

Jesus Is Willing

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Jesus Is Willing #8/8: Rock Solid: 7 Promises Christ Makes to You Mark 1:40-42   February 27th / 28th 2010 Pastor Colin S. Smith   “A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand […]

Jesus Will Confess You Before the Father

Monday, February 1st, 2010

  Jesus Will Confess You Before the Father #4/8: Rock Solid: Seven Promises Christ Makes to You Matthew 10:32 January 30th / 31st 2010 Pastor Colin S. Smith “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven, But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my […]

Christ Fulfills the Promise

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Christ Fulfills the Promise #2/3: The Plan: God’s Design for the Universe and Your Place In It 2 Corinthians 1:20  December 12th / 13th 2009 by Pastor Colin S. Smith   “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) Last week we looked at the […]

God Makes A Promise

Monday, December 7th, 2009

God Makes a Promise #1/3: The Plan— God’s Design for the Universe and Your Place In It Titus 1:2 December 5th / 6th 2009 by Pastor Colin S. Smith “God… [promised eternal life] before the beginning of time, and at His appointed season He brought His word to light…”Titus 1:2 (NIV) We’re going to take […]

You Must Be Born Again

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

You Must Be Born Again #11/11: Regeneration: How Christ Changes Your Soul John 3:7  August 22nd/23rd 2009 Pastor Colin S. Smith “Jesus said, ‘You must be born again.’’John 3:7 John tells us the story of how a man called Nicodemus came to meet with Jesus. We are told that this man was “a man of […]

Reduce God’s Salvation by Crediting Your Response

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Reduce God’s Salvation by Crediting Your Response #8/8: How to Avoid a God-Centered Life Lessons from the Life of Jonah Jonah 2:9 February 28th/March 1st, 2009 Pastor Colin S. Smith    “Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9   Jonah is our case study for “How to Avoid a God-Centered Life,” teaching us that it […]

Restrain God’s Praise on Account of Your Pain

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Restrain God’s Praise On Account Of Your Pain #7/8: How to Avoid a God-Centered Life Lessons from the Life of Jonah Jonah 2:1-9   February 21st/22nd, 2009 Pastor Colin S. Smith    “Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9 If you want to emphasize something that is really important, there are three ways of doing […]

Refuse God’s Provision Through Someone Else

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

    Refuse God’s Provision Through Someone Else #2/8: How to Avoid a God-Centered Life Lessons from the Life of Jonah Jonah 1:4-16    January 17th/18th 2009 Pastor Colin S. Smith “Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up… The […]

Three Trees

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

#1/1: THREE TREES Genesis 2, I Peter 2, Revelation 22 August 23/24, 2008 by Colin S. Smith It is often said of the person who gets so caught up in the details that they can’t see the big picture: “You missed the forest for the trees.” It is possible to spend your life drilling down […]

Jesus Suffered Under the Judgment of God

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

   Jesus Suffered Under the Judgment of God #21/22: The Gospel According to Jesus Mark 15:21-39     March 16th 2008 Pastor Colin S. Smith   And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’—which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’  Mark 15:34   […]

Jesus Lays Claim to All Our Possessions

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

   Jesus Lays Claim to All Our Possessions #14/22: The Gospel According to Jesus Mark 10:17-31      December 30th 2007 Pastor Colin S. Smith    As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal […]

Jesus is the Son of God

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A Life Dedicated to the Gospel

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The God Who Forgives and Restores

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