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An Infinite Embrace

February 18, 2019

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The unbeliever may easily imagine a better God than the common theology … offers him; but not the lovingest heart that ever beat can even reflect the length and breadth and depth and height of that love of God which shows itself in His Son … The whole history is a divine agony to give divine life to creatures. The outcome of that agony… will be radiant life, whereof joy unspeakable is the flower. Every child will look in the eyes of the Father, and the eyes of the Father will receive the child with an infinite embrace.

— George MacDonald
Unspoken Sermons: Second Series, page 143 (1885)
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Santa Claus and Hell

December 3, 2018

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As believers in the complete and successful work of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and the sovereignty of God in all things, it’s apparent that our previous misunderstanding of hell is a part of our Creator’s perfect plan. This temporary misconception was never out of His perfect plan in our lives.

Most of us, within the circle of believers who have come to see and understand God’s unconditional mercy, came from backgrounds that involved the teaching of hell. What a wonderful thing it is to have that idea behind us and to realize that it’s not true. However, we might ask ourselves, “Was God sovereign over our lives and environment when we were younger, absorbing this concept of hell?”

Yes! God was perfectly and fully in control of the false and incorrect notions we soaked up in traditional churches and our “Christian” culture. Our sovereign God uses all things to fulfill His perfect plan, including erroneous and inaccurate teaching.

Some of us who are parents may be responsible for the exact same strategy. We either told our children about Santa Clause, or at least allowed them to believe in the fictional Santa along with his strategy of rewarding those children who were good.

When we reached the age where we learned that Santa was not true, it was no big deal; we simply matured out of it. However, when one of our friends or siblings told us that Santa wasn’t real – before we were ready to accept it – our young minds denied this information and we may have said, “No! Santa’s real. I know he is. You’re wrong!”

Perhaps this is a microcosm of “the hell concept” that most of us see in our friends and families thinking. Telling others about God’s successful plan to save the world by the finished work of Jesus Christ may be like telling a seven year old, “There’s no Santa Claus.”

Mike Owens
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Revised and Corrected by the Author

September 7, 2018

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The Self-Epitaph of a Young Benjamin Franklin (Age 22)

The body of B. Franklin, Printer.
Like the Cover of an Old Book,
Its Contents torn Out,
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost;
For it will Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected By the Author.

— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
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The Whole Universe in Harmony with God

August 16, 2018

Many plain direct statements in the Sacred Scriptures declare that the purpose of God through our Lord Jesus Christ is to bless all humanity and to bring the whole universe into harmony with Himself.

How can this be if myriads of mankind whom He so loves were to be kept alive forever in hopeless misery? And what kind of a god could love the sinner with Calvary love until he died, and then leave him in indescribable suffering eternally?

G.T. Stevenson
Time and Eternity: A Biblical Study
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Time and Eternity

A Biblical Study
by G.T. Stevenson

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We Do Not Initiate God’s Love

August 14, 2018

We love him, because he first loved us (I John 4:19).

The truth about God and His word helps us in our daily walk, our attitude and assurance about many things, and it allows us to relax in the presence of difficulties. Even so, our knowledge of truth does not initiate God’s love nor does it launch His plan of redemption. Our justification and salvation is secured in full by the finished work of Jesus Christ.

My salvation comes from the Lord alone (Jonah 2:9 NIV).

Mike Owens

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Ultimate Liberation

Beyond Forgiveness (The Justification from and of Sin)
by — Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

Many people labor under a heavy weight of guilt and shame. The answer is to be found only in the total provision that God Himself has already provided!


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Revealing the Full Extent of Christ’s Work

August 10, 2018

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Sinners do not go away into “everlasting punishment.” They go into “eonian correction.” Thank God for the Concordant Literal Translation, which some in their blindness are condemning. When leaders in the church today condemn something I would be the first one to rush out and get it and examine it for myself. Do not make the mistake of thinking that the majority has the truth. It has never been that way, and it is not now.

The unscriptural tradition assigning a limit beyond which Christ has no power to save the obstinate sinner has spread universally. It is worldwide. It claims that the will of man can successfully oppose the power and will of God. “God wills all mankind to be saved” (I Timothy 2:4).

Let us follow our Lord in His denunciation of tradition that makes void the Word of God. Let us revel in the full extent of Christ’s work and God’s victory for all mankind.

Charles J. Peart
God’s Rules for Scriptural Interpretation & Man’s Place in God’s Purpose
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God’s Rules for Scriptural Interpretation:

Man’s Place in God’s Purpose
by Charles J. Peart (1896-1989)

The purpose of this work is twofold: to endeavor to get believers to see where we belong in the purpose of God today, and to expose unsound unscriptural teachings, which are keeping believers from learning where we belong in the purpose of God now.

Peart was an active associate of A.E. Knoch. In addition to being a conference speaker, he conducted resident ministry in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Novato, Sacramento and Auburn, CA. He also spearheaded the placement of a Concordant Version in every public library in CA.

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We Are Aware

July 28, 2018

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For us, who love God, who are the called according to His purpose, there is an awareness that He is working all together for good (Romans 8:28, BSV).

God is working ALL together for good! Not for some, but everyone. When Paul states “who love God,” he is not saying that God is working all together for good in the lives of only those who love God. He is stating that those who love God are aware of this truth.

Our love for God brings “awareness,” it is NOT the trigger that causes God suddenly to begin to work all together for our good.

Mike Owens
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