The following is an excerpt from my book, From Death to Life: How Salvation Works (you can order this at our shop here at ThingsAbove): Affections, Actions, and Attitudes Here’s a helpful alliteration to assist in discerning whether or not the gospel has actually taken root in a person’s heart: affections, actions, and attitudes. Essentially, all […]
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True believers are actually being made holy by the power of God. The work of Christ didn’t just purchase a legal declaration but also a practical application of holiness. This is another blessing the believer possesses in Christ. J.C. Ryle elaborates: The Lord Jesus has undertaken everything that His people’s souls require: not only to […]
Sometime in May of 2020, From Death to Life: How Salvation Works ran out of its second printing! At that point, we were in the process of buying a home so I wasn’t able to put the upfront cost down on buying a 3rd printing. But, things have changed in 2021 and we are now ready to […]
The following is an excerpt from my book From Death to Life: How Salvation Works The Reality In too many churches, we’ve essentially equated saying the right words to God as a third ordinance: Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the Sinner’s Prayer. Once this prayer is recited, it’s a done deal and no matter what […]
The following is an excerpt from my book, From Death to Life: How Salvation Works. You can check out ordering information at our store. Living Things Grow When the gospel penetrates our hearts and changes our affections for Christ it will show in our outward behavior. Show me a person who loves football, and I’ll […]
Michael interviews Kofi regarding his sermon, Hebrews 12: Cross Purchased Discipline. This discussion will edify saints as you get the benefit of the hours of study which was put in before the Cruciform Conference in Indianapolis. Also, we hear about Kofi’s church’s upcoming ministry events. Please visit https://gccroguevalley.org/ to learn more about Grace Community Church […]
Thus, we need to be careful when we are talking about folks who committed suicide. Too often I think we skirt around the issue of calling it sin, or even murder. Most people who commit suicide do it as the result of some sort of depression and I think we almost excuse it a little in our minds. It seems rather callous to call a guy who was so depressed he took his own life a murderer. But truth is worthless if it is hidden (Matthew 5:15).
Michael, Tim, and George discuss the New Covenant promise of the perseverance of the saints and Tim’s article “Choked Out by Thorns.” How are we to think about folks who fall away like Joshua Harris or Marty Sampson? What assurance can a Christian have in this life that they will truly be preserved to the end?
What steps can someone take to make their calling and election sure and watch out for their brethren?
Michael and George discuss the New Covenant. This covenant is unmixed, unbreakable and unconditional. This is the first in a series where we will define the New Covenant, discuss its implications, apply it to the Christian life, and then contrast it to errors that ensue when getting the New Covenant wrong. Scripture references: Jeremiah 31:31-34; […]
Michael and Allen discuss a couple of recent posts on Thing Above Us: The Essence and Effects of Sin and What’s Your Portion? and find that the posts are surprisingly related!
Grateful to put up another review of From Death to Life: How Salvation Works. This one comes from Jeffrey Perry from Landis, NC. Jeffrey led his youth group through a study on this book and has graciously shared his insight below. I asked him to share because I really think this book is useful for men’s […]
I am grateful to my Twitter friend, @PJ_Mills15. for writing this review of the book and small group curriculum for From Death to Life! We had the opportunity to meet at the 2018 G3 Conference. For all the headache Twitter can bring, it has also brought about many wonderful connections for me. P.J.’s thoughts on the […]
“Don’t compare yourself to others who call themselves Christians. Compare yourself to Scripture.” —Paul Washer Dead men live among us. Waiting in line for coffee. Cheering beside us at the ball game. Selling insurance. Liking our posts on social media. Eating at the corner table in the restaurant. Some are in the next pew over every Sunday. […]
September 11, 2001 is a day many people will never forget. My friend Angela Braxton was in one of the buildings that was crashed into that day and survived the tragedy.
At the time she nearly died from the events of 9/11, she was a non-believer abiding in the wrath of almighty God. But God has different plans for her.
The following is an excerpt from my new book From Death to Life: How Salvation Works: Biblical repentance is changing direction. It involves turning away from our sin. It’s not a temporary diet of good behavior, but a life transformation. It is a turning from sin and total surrender of oneself to the Lordship of Christ. […]
Today, August 9, From Death to Life: How Salvation Works turns 3 months old. It was officially published on May 9, 2018, but the thought process and labor toward that goal go way back. I have been overwhelmed, humbled, and encouraged by the response to the book. I am grateful for all those who’ve taken the […]
I received a question about how to grow as a Christian and what advice I would offer to someone who was recently converted on how to “practically” mature in the faith. The person specifically stated “I need a literal path, not just read your Bible, attend church, etc.” My response is below. Feel free to […]
I want to share the following excerpt from chapter 10 of From Death to Life: How Salvation Works. My purpose in doing so is to lay out some real-life examples on why it really matters that we understand how salvation actually works. Christianity is not a game. Real souls are at stake. As you read through […]
Today’s post is from the foreword of From Death to Life: How Salvation Works. You can click the link to order from Amazon (Paperback or Kindle version available) or just go here for bulk order pricing. There is also a free 9-Week Small Group Study you can get by clicking here (or I can email you the Word.doc […]
To order the book click here. One of the things about being an unknown author is that some people wonder if it’s worth the investment of their time and money to purchase your book. Is this guy a heretic? Will his book even make sense? Is it a worthwhile read? This is why I’ve reached […]