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The Gospel - Key To Change

by Tim Keller

The Greek term "gospel" (ev-angelion) distinguished the Christian message from that of other religions. An 'ev-angel' was news of a great historical event, such as a victory in war or the ascension of a new king, that changed the listeners' condition and required a response from the listener.So the gospel is news of what God has done to reach us.It is not advice about what we must do to reach God. What is this news? God has entered the world in Jesus Christ to achieve a salvation that we could not achieve for ourselves which now:

1) converts and transforms individuals, forming them into a new humanity, and eventually

2) will renew the whole world and all creation.

This is the 'good news'—the gospel. And it is good news in three important ways.

"Satan's Role in Addictions & Dysfunctional Behaviors" WorkshopTranscript - Part 2

Welcome to CIR's Workshop:"Satan's Role in Addictions and Dysfunctional Behaviors." This Workshop is presented by noted author Don Umphrey.

note: Members can discuss this workshop in the Message Boards HERE

We Can't Just Wait Around

2 Peter 1:2 NRSV
May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Grace is a very elusive term. We often hear grace defined unmerited favor. But Strong's goes further. The Greek word for grace is charis. Strong's 5485 defines it as "especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life." It seems to me that grace is rather interactive.

Do You Feel Your Sins Cut You Off From God and All Hope of Change?

This is written for those who say:
"The things I have done and said weigh on my heart like a mountain of lead. This burdens me and keeps me from Christ. My sins cut me off from all hope of heaven. I am afraid that my past eagerness to relish my behavior has so twisted my mind, seared my conscience, and hardened my heart--that I will never be able to repent with any hope of pardon!"

But I answer you,
Is your sin greater than wicked King Manasseh's, who "sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced witchcraft and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists"? (2 Kings 21:2-7)

Is your sin greater than Paul's drinking up the blood of saints?

Faith Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions and their answers link to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) web site. This does not imply an endorsement of BGEA and its related ministries by CIR or visa versa.

Sometimes I really believe, but then sometimes my faith is very weak.

I'm a Christian. Will I lose my salvation if I sin?

How can I keep from letting my feelings overpower my faith?

Guilty Victim or Sinner?

Proverbs 18:5 NRSV
It is not right to be partial to the guilty,
or to subvert the innocent in judgment.

How Should I Pray?

People describe prayer as speaking with God. How does one do this?

Many denominations ascribe a formula or method to prayer or even offer pre-written prayers to recite. Jesus did give an example of how to pray when He recited what is commonly referred to as the Lord's Prayer. In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus said, "This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come; Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

How does a Christian handle temptation?

How does a Christian handle temptation?

If I have an addiction, can I still be saved?

If I have an addiction, can I still be saved?

Yes! We are not called to perfect ourselves before we come to God. If we could do that, then Jesus could have spared himself the agony of dying of the cross in payment for our sins. He would have simply instructed us to live sin-free lives. He knew, though, that man is utterly incapable of cleansing himself, as demonstrated throughout the Old Testament.

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