True Religion—Part 3 (Obedience)

By Stan Crowley | Mar 12, 2018
True Religion—Part 3 (Obedience)

In the previous two articles in this series we have looked at three of the Four R’s of True Religion: Revelation, Righteousness, and Repentance. Today, we will look at Redemption. When we choose to sin, we choose to reject God’s will for us. Sin puts us in rebellion against God…

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True Religion—Part 2 (Righteousness and Repentance)

By Stan Crowley | Mar 12, 2018
True Religion—Part 2 (Righteousness and Repentance)

True religion, religion that makes man acceptable to God, has several requirements. In a previous article, we discussed the first of these: revelation. If men do not rely on God’s revealed will found in the Scriptures, they are trying in vain to please God without consulting what He has said…

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True Religion—Part 1 (Revelation)

By Stan Crowley | Mar 12, 2018
True Religion—Part 1 (Revelation)

The World Book Encyclopedia says the following about religion: “Every religion includes ethics, or codes of conduct. But religion is more than ethics. Ethics asks, ‘How should we behave toward other people?’ Religion asks, ‘How should we relate ourselves to the greatest power in the universe?’” [as quoted in Gospel Minutes.] The…

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Life’s Instruction Book

By Stan Crowley | Mar 12, 2018
Life's Instruction Book

One of the best sellers several years ago was a publication called “Life’s Little Instruction Book.” It was such a success that many additional volumes have been published—promising life instructions for men, women, young people, and other specific groups. It is not surprising that so many are seeking instructional bits…

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The Great Plagiarism

By Stan Crowley | Mar 12, 2018
The Great Plagiarism

“Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Words of wisdom, no doubt. Certainly, the world of education thinks they are a worthy philosophy. Over a hundred colleges and universities have them engraved on a building or displayed in some other conspicuous place. Interestingly enough, only…

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Fantasizing: Destruction from the Inside Out

By Stan Crowley | Mar 12, 2018
Fantasizing: Destruction from the Inside Out

A beautiful apple sits on the table. Bright red in color. Firm. Glossy and appealing. Then, one day a hole suddenly appears—a wormhole. Where did it come from? There were no worms in the house. Where did the worm come from that broke through the glossy red peeling and corrupted…

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What About The Thief on the Cross?

By Stan Crowley | Mar 12, 2018
What About the Thief on the Cross?

In response to discussions about redemption and the part that baptism plays, people often ask about the “thief on the cross.” Typical of such questions is the following: “What about the thief on the cross next to Jesus? Was he saved? He wasn’t baptized.” I appreciate the sincere and respectful…

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The Grasp and Guilt of Sin

By Stan Crowley | Mar 12, 2018
The Grasp and Guilt of Sin

In Proverbs 5:22, Solomon talks about sin as a trap. He says, “His own iniquities shall take (entrap, NKJV) the wicked himself, and he shall be holden (caught, NKJV) with the cords of his sins.” A man’s iniquities do trap a man. His sins hold and bind him like a…

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Faith, Love, and Hope (I Thess. 1:3)

By Stan Crowley | Mar 12, 2018
Faith Love and Hope

In the last verse of that great 13th chapter of I Corinthians, the apostle Paul gives us a very pointed message about three very important subjects in Christianity: “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (I Cor 13:13 NKJV). How many lessons…

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