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(Note: This is a guest post written by Travis Satterfield who blogs at “Here’s the Thing” which you can go to by clicking here.  I am currently away and I am thankful for Travis for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

Both Sides of Every Story

As quotable as C.S. Lewis is, my favorite quote of his has to be the following:

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

As was his style, in this one statement he says so much. The Christian worldview is not without its evidences. However, multitudes of skeptics over the centuries, to include Lewis, have been convinced, not only by the truth they see in Christianity, but also by the truth that it enables them to see.

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Note: This is a guest post since I am currently away.  This is by Micah.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond. His blog can be found here.  He also tweets

If you are truly Calvinistic, you’ve heard the popular passage from Isaiah 64:6, “And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.” It is a passage frequently quoted to kill the monster of works righteousness and legalistic salvation, a monster that tends to pop its head out in religious circles. And rightly so, God does not take notice of the deeds of the man whose heart has not been cleansed by Christ and who has no love for Him.

Though this teaching is true, it may lead some Christians to wonder if God could ever be pleased. The war against the flesh is real, and sometimes believers can wallow in defeat and in doubt, even though they are saved. They ask, “Could God ever be happy with my life?” Christians get stuck in this kind of discouragement during seasons of weakness and sin struggles so they search for a way out.

Thankfully, Scripture has examples of men who, as sinners, displayed a type of obedience that truly and genuinely pleased God. It showed that God’s people are capable by His grace to exhibit real obedience to God without accomplishing perfect obedience. Since Christ was the only perfectly obedient man to ever live, we’re not required to be perfectly obedient. Nevertheless, our new life in Christ demands we strive for holiness and express the good works we were predestined to do.

This blog assumes that you are a Christian, not trusting in works for your salvation, but saved and washed by the blood of Christ. With that said, here are a few examples to encourage you in your walk with the Lord. They are instances of God’s people who were imperfect yet still lived a life pleasing unto God.

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(Note: This is a guest post written by Wally Fry who blogs here.  I am currently away and I am thankful to Wally for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

Crowns In Heaven-How’s That Work? 

We will all be judged 

The Bible is quite clear in teaching that every single human who has ever lived will be judged at some point in time. Here we are going to briefly discuss the judgment of Believers, which will take place at the Bema, or the Judgment Seat of Christ. We need to clarify one thing quickly before we dive into this topic. The Judgment Seat of Christ is not a judgment to determine whether we are admitted into Heaven or cast into Hell; believers have made that particular decision during their lives here on Earth. 

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(Note: Carey Bryant is kicking off our marathon of guest posts!  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.  His blog can be found here.   He also tweets.)

Every Christian is a theologian; you are either a good one or a bad one!

Being a good theologian is not just about knowing what the Bible teaches. Good theologians also allow their theology to shape their relationship with God and their character.

And like anything else, theology has its dangers. When I was earning my Biblical Studies degree in college, there were three particular dangers that I struggled with. Thankfully, I also discovered ways to fight against them!

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By the time you read this I’m already heading overseas.

Pray for strength, God’s Word to speak and wisdom and safety.  To be frank I’m kind of anxious with this trip.

The few weeks we will be having guest posts with those who are looking forward to interacting with your comments, questions and thoughts!  Be godly with them though =)

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You probably heard the saying “the more you sweat the less you bleed.”

Well with sermon prep and lecture prep for going overseas to teach the Word I felt the discipline of reading the Word and books on the Word helped and paid off in terms of things remembered, books highlighted that can now be easily referenced, etc.

It made me think of another saying concerning Bible reading: “The more you read, the less you’ll regret.”

The Marine in me couldn’t help but make this meme:

But then I realized that’s a true principle for generally with the Christian life.

For help to encourage you to read more check out our post “How to Read More Books When Life Gets Busy.”

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An excerpt from my outline for my lectures.

We’re answering the question: What is the nature of Christ’s Resurrection?

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