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A Merciful Savior 

A Merciful Savior 

Author: Flavio Valvassoura Every human is guilty before God because of his/her sin and cannot run away from this guilt and condemnation. Each of us is destined to death, but through our faith in the gracious intervention of the Son of God who took our sins on Him, we...

Justification, Regeneration, and Adoption

Justification, Regeneration, and Adoption

Author: Stéphane Tibi The Articles of Faith of the Church of the Nazarene are statements of how we as Wesleyan-Holiness people understand God’s revelation to humanity through His Holy Word. Articles V to X describe the journey of humanity from sin to holiness....

With the Grain of the Universe 

With the Grain of the Universe 

Author: T. Scott Daniels The loud sobbing was coming from somewhere in the blackness of the sanctuary. In the darkness, I found a dear friend laying across the seats crying uncontrollably, pleading with the Lord for mercy. T. Scott Daniels is senior pastor of Nampa...

The Righteous Judge

The Righteous Judge

Author: Svetlana Khobnya The doctrine of justification encompasses more nuances than just the word itself. The Greek word “δικαιοσύνη” used for “justification” extends to a range of meanings in English, including justification, justice, truthfulness, and...

A Community Born by Grace 

A Community Born by Grace 

Author: Tim Green Interwoven throughout the testimonies of the Old Testament is the conviction that the Lord graciously initiated and freely established a unique relationship with the community called Israel. Frequently described in terms of covenant, this...

Pelagius, Augustine, and Arminius 

Pelagius, Augustine, and Arminius 

Author: Vinicius Couto The Reformed Church of the Netherlands (RCN) has been the official denomination of the Republics of the United Provinces of the Netherlands since 1571. On the occasion of the Synod of Endem, they established the Belgian Confession and the...

The Initiative of God: Prevenient Grace and Justification

The Initiative of God: Prevenient Grace and Justification

Author: T. A. Noble For many of us, the word “justification” means much the same as the word “conversion.” It is that moment in the life of a Christian when he or she believes in Christ. Particularly, it is that moment when, after confession of sin, the new Christian...

A Son of Abraham 

A Son of Abraham 

Author: Eugénio Duarte I did not know it then, but scientists tell us that nurturing children’s interest in small things, small animals, and small people is good pedagogy because it develops caregiving instinct in them. To this end, I do not know how well I did with...

Redemption

Redemption

Author: Heather Powell Over the years, the Lord kept whispering, “For I know the plans I have for you…” (Jeremiah 29:11). While I spent many years blaming God for my plight, I eventually realized that He was working in ways beyond my ability to see. Heather Powell is...