Mysterious Melchizedek

Mysterious Melchizedek

June 1, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

As you might well imagine, the mystery of Melchizedek has spawned reams of speculation about his identity and purposes. I won’t even try to enter into that conversation here. Rather, I want to underscore two basic truths of our faith. First, God and his ways will always exceed our understanding. The mysterious Melchizedek reminds us that there is so much that we cannot understand, at least not this side of Heaven.

Saved by Grace – Are You Insulted?

Saved by Grace – Are You Insulted?

May 31, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

The gospel of Jesus Christ… confronts those of us who pride ourselves on our self-reliance. It invites us to deal with the truth of our own limits, weaknesses, and inabilities. If we’re going to accept the good news of salvation by grace, we need to acknowledge the impossibility of salvation by our own effort. God isn’t trying to insult you by telling you this truth about yourself. He’s seeking to save you by his grace, because that’s the only way you can be saved.

How Can You Be Saved?

How Can You Be Saved?

May 30, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

You have been saved, not by your own efforts, not by good luck, not by getting in touch with the divine within you, but by God’s grace. Or, to put it in the active voice, God’s grace has saved you. The answer to the question, “How can I be saved?” is simple: by grace. What is grace?… Grace, by definition, cannot be earned. It is given freely by God on the basis of God’s nature and decision.

If You Can’t Save Yourself, Then What?

If You Can’t Save Yourself, Then What?

May 29, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

“You have been saved.” Salvation is something that has happened to you. You did not make it happen yourself. You have been saved by something external to yourself. Salvation is something you receive, a gift of God’s grace. If you’re a Christian, I expect you have heard this before. But, if you’re like me and most Christians I know, you struggle to let this truth penetrate your heart and permeate your life.

You Have Been Saved – Past, Present, and Future

You Have Been Saved – Past, Present, and Future

May 28, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

In his letters, the Apostle Paul uses various tenses when he speaks of our salvation… By using the present perfect tense in Ephesians, Paul underscores the fact that our salvation is grounded on something that happened in the past, namely, the sacrificial death of Christ. In this sense, we were saved (past tense). Yet, our salvation continues to unfold in our life as we experience more and more of what we have in Christ.

What in the World?!?!?

What in the World?!?!?

May 27, 2018By Deidra Riggs

This is the look we should have whenever we think about how much God loves us and invites us to the ultimate Royal Wedding!

From Heartbreak to Healing

From Heartbreak to Healing

May 26, 2018By Deidra Riggs

I wasn’t sure how the story would be received. But isn’t that the whole idea behind risking our true selves with the world around us? We never know how we’ll be received by onlookers, and often, that keeps us silent when we should speak up. Sometimes, our concern about how our true thoughts, our true beliefs, our true mistakes, our true selves will be received by others keeps us living behind masks that conceal who we really are and how we really feel.

What Should You Do When People Trash You?

What Should You Do When People Trash You?

May 25, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

What should we do when people accuse us falsely? How should we act when we are victims of mean-spirited gossip? In such a situation, it’s awfully tempting to give it right back to those who have slandered us. This is especially true in a time when Twitter allows us to instantly trash anyone to get our sweet revenge. But Psalm 109 reminds us that our first response when we are victims of injustice should be to turn to God.

You Have Been Saved – The Gift of Shalom

You Have Been Saved – The Gift of Shalom

May 24, 2018By Mark D. Roberts

Often, Christians use the language of salvation in a narrower sense, describing only what happens after death. To be sure, it is wonderful to be saved in this way. But, from a biblical perspective, God’s salvation is much more inclusive. We who are saved by God’s grace begin to experience God’s shalom—peace and wholeness, life as it was meant to be—now, even as we anticipate the fullness of shalom that is reserved for the future.