Category: Faith

Barack Obama wins the Election

Episode 60: For this Purpose I have raised you up.

Senator Barack Obama has won the Presidential Election. But there are those out
there who believe that this is the work of Satan. In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about God putting people in positions of authority and how He has done this sort of thing in the past.

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Reformation Sunday 2008

Episode 58: Reformation Day Special

In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about Reformation Day… And Elsie’s cabbage rolls and German beer. And about some guy named Martin Luther.

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Cheap Grace

Episode 53: Can Christians truly abuse God’s Grace?

Is there really a problem with Cheap Grace these days? Pastor Greg Leseur of Christ Lutheran Church in Cape Canaveral joins us again as we look at the idea of Cheap Grace and talk about how this might be possible for Christians… if it’s possible at all.

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Trust God and Hang on Tight!

Episode 51: Sanctified: Set apart by God?

I heard something that said a lot to me this week. “Those who have learned to do good will do what they’ve learned to do. Those who have learned to do evil will do what they’ve learned to do. Those who have learned to obey will obey. Those who have learned to disobey will disobey. All of them need forgiveness”.

One of the most difficult things I had to learn after coming understand the Gospel and how it’s important in my life was to learn that no matter how good I get at obeying God’s law, I am still as much a sinner as I ever was. In fact, I read in the Bible that knowing the law actually makes the sin worse, and a lot of the time I see how much more sinful I really am just by trying to follow God’s law. It took a long time for me, in fact… it’s still taking a long time because I still don’t feel like I get this right. Sanctification would be easy if it really were only about changing the way I act or changing the way I behave. But it’s not easy at all, because it involves a problem I have in my heart. There’s something broken in me that’s just not responding to treatment. People around might say, “oh Matthew, your acting so much better this year than you did last year”, but to me I’m only going through the motions. It was hard to learn that this is how it is for a Christian.

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What does it mean to be sanctified?

Episode 49: Faint Praise? How do I make it better?

Last night I had a dream, and in the dream I said a prayer. Now, I have to say, I can’t remember ever dreaming about praying, but leaving that aside for the time being, the prayer went like this.

“Lord forgive me because this is going to sound like I’m offering you faint praise”

This made me realize something. One of the things that has been going on in my life for a long time now is that I’m realizing, more and more, how much of my prayer and praise life just doesn’t measure up to what it should be. For instance, I could get 100 people to plan the most fantastic worship service, write the finest music, find the finest pastors to preach the most enlightening sermons and organize and practice the service for weeks on end… and in the end, it still wouldn’t be what it should be or even enough to achieve the type of praise and worship that God truly deserves.

I think, too often in our own lives, that we find ourselves in a similar situation. We feel as though we aren’t what we ought to be. We definitely don’t feel like we’re children of God, nor do we feel like we have attained any kind of sanctified life or any level of holiness. But what I’ve found is good to do is to ask this question: What does it mean to be sanctified?

In the last few week’s we’ve been setting the table, so to speak, by taking a few of the parables of Jesus and other difficult passages and interpreting them in the light of the Gospel. We’re not leaving that behind by no means, but since the question has been asked, what does it mean to be sanctified, we believe we are now in a good position to talk about one of the most daunting and most perplexing problems Christians face daily.

What does it mean to be sanctified?

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