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1 John: Fellowship with God

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Whenever we begin a study of the Word of God there are a number of questions that we must ask regarding the text before us.  Three of these questions should include:
1. Who is the intended audience?
2. What is the theme?
3. What is the reason or occasion that a given ...

Are Good Works Guaranteed?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Imagine that you have a loved one who professes to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.  You watch patiently, but as more time passes you grow concerned.  There seems to be absolutely no good works (or very little) that you can see in their life.  You begin to pray for them, ...

Assurance of Salvation

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
I absolutely believe that a person can be sure of their eternal salvation.  First and foremost this assurance should be based on a proper understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Saving faith is the belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died and rose again to pay ...

Can We Trust the Bible?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Can we trust the Bible?  This is the central question that surrounds the issue of inerrancy.  Merriam-Webster chooses to define inerrancy as, “exemption from error” or “infallibility.” This seems like a reasonable definition.  Applying this definition to the Bible would mean ...

Forgiven by the Blood of Christ?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Some sins are deemed to be worse than others. A certain disgust is understandable when Christians are confronted with the onslaught of wickedness in an unredeemed world. Too often, the news tells the tragic story of a young life taken, a woman brutally attacked, a husband who ...

Is Repentance Required for Eternal Salvation?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important subject known to mankind.  It is the, “power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16).[1] Yet, among those that love the Lord Jesus Christ there is great disagreement about the content of the Gospel.  One ...

Living for Christ: The Relationship between Sanctification and Separation

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Susie could not believe it.  She had always been the first person to make fun of Christians and loved to refer to them as “Bible thumpers.” Now, she was headed out the door to her first Bible study.  She had found a tract at a local laundry mat that clearly explained the ...

Sin and the Christian Life: Why do Christians Sin?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
A Christian father struggles not to be angry with his son. A grandmother hates that she tends to give in to the pressure to gossip at her prayer group. A young Christian couple battles temptations before their marriage. It is these types of situations that are played out on a ...

The Five Steps of Bible Study

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Amidst the natural beauty of the hills of Northern Wisconsin emerge stories that appear to be too ridiculous to be true. Such is the story of Bill and Bob (not their real names). These two brothers worked for many years remodeling homes, but what made them different from most ...

The Judgment Seat of Christ

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(By Mark Fontecchio)
Most of my adult life I have been battling a rare genetic condition.  This condition, in turn, has directed my attention towards my citizenship in the Kingdom of God.  I draw great comfort and strength from knowing what is ahead in my future.  A very real part of the reason ...

The Purpose of Good Works for Christians

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Good works will not:
Get you into heaven when you die Keep Christians from losing their salvation (which is secure) Prove that a person is truly saved Earn the love of God Good works will:
Bring glory to God (Matt. 5:16; John 15:8; 1 Pet. 2:12) Demonstrate your ...