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Motivated By Eternal Rewards

September 24, 2012

I’ve recently been posting on some travel strategies drawn from my 21 years of experience. In the pursuit of travel rewards, you must always check your motives for spending a little extra. Do you need that perk, or are you walking in an addiction to accumulation? It becomes easy to justify a $50 purchase of flowers when you know you are getting miles or travel rewards.

The pursuit of rewards is something which is not limited to the travel industry.

It happens in the church.

I’ve heard countless references to obtaining a future prize as a motivation for obedience or an acceptance of suffering.

“At least my crown in heaven is getting bigger!”
“I’m building my mansion!”
“We are storing up treasures in heaven!”
“Give, and it will be given back to you ten fold!”

Are we giving to get?

Complicating the Simple

September 20, 2012

How do I go to heaven?

What is required to be saved?

Poll 10 Christians and you are likely to get 10 answers.

If someone Googles “How do I go to heaven?”, what will they find?

“Keeping the Commandments”
“Living a Holy Life”
“Bear fruit”
“Don’t be lukewarm”
“Voting for a certain political party” ( ok maybe not….maybe)

The Bible is full of commands and principles for how to live your life. Most of these things apply to people after they get saved.

Consider the things above and ask how much of those is needed. Perfection!

Never breaking a commandment?
How much fruit?
Do the best that you can and avoid the big stuff kind of holiness?

How much is enough? Hmmm, no wonder salvation seems complicated.

But it’s not.

What does the Bible say is necessary?

This series on NoSuperHeroes deals with the Top Questions I receive in my Grace Seminars. Come back each day to see how we can answer our questions without changing the message of Grace!

Top Question: Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin, “Blaspheming the Holy Spirit”?

Have you ever found yourself fearing that you or someone you know has committed the unforgivable sin?

In a moment of doubt or trial, you uttered a statement that has haunted you ever since. In the back of your mind, you feel concern God will not forgive this indiscretion.

Will you face God someday and hear Him tell you to “depart” for you did the unpardonable? Will Jesus vomit you out of his mouth saying you are “lukewarm“?

The passage in question comes from Mark 3:28-29“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”