The Power of Powerlessness

ONE OF THE MOST confusing statements I have heard is "surrender to win." Consider wartime principles: The Battle of Appomattox is one of the most momentous events in American history—Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, which effectively ended the Civil War. World War II ended on September 2, 1945 …

Different

Fall leaves are dropping, autumn arriving in typical colors and smells. A cool breeze hints at winter. But not just yet.  A lady sits on a front porch, smiling, as she watches a brilliant-red cardinal clinging, calling out from his perch.  His persistence pays off and a young female swoops in, shy but determined. The …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: The Works of Christ

The following is a summary of my most recent lesson in pursuit of my master’s in theology at Colorado Christian University concerning the “Work” of Jesus. By Steven Barto, B.S., Psy. Grudem joins most Evangelicals in affirming that the penal substitutionary theory is the primary theory and most important way to understand Jesus’ atoning work. …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: The Person of Christ

The following is a summary of my most recent class in pursuit of my master's in theology at Colorado Christian University regarding the Divine/Human Aspect of Jesus Christ. By Steven Barto, B.S., Psy. I found information under the heading Biblical Perspective—Jesus Christ: Both God and Man to be a great springboard for this discussion. Indeed, …

The Sea of Forgetfulness.

  Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psych. The phrase Sea of Forgetfulness is not actually in the Bible. When people use this colorful phrase, they're usually referring to several passages in Scripture that talk about God's forgiveness, and our justification in Christ through accepting His death, burial, and resurrection. They're banking on the great promise …

The Power of “And” in God’s Promises of Blessings and Curses

When we make a promise we essentially give an assurance that we will engage in or refrain from a specific form of activity. These commitments are typically made between individuals, and can include quite a range of activities. Simple promises can be written or oral, and may be temporary or lifelong. Such gestures are often …

The Peacemaker (Part 2)

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Perspective on Resolving Personal Conflicts and Letting Go of Resentment. Peacemakers are people to literally breathe grace. They draw continually on the goodness and power of Jesus Christ, and then bring His love, mercy, forgiveness, strength, and wisdom to the conflicts of daily life. God delights to breathe His grace through …

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