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The unbeliever lives out his life in the worthlessness of his own mind, having a darkened understanding and excluded from the life of God because of his own ignorance and hardness of heart (Eph 4:17-18). People do not consider what life is really about and if they do, they are deceiving themselves and are not honestly seeking truth. Apostle Paul describes man’s mind as useless and seeking after meaningless thought. The natural condition of man’s mind is empty and frivolous. He describes the mind of man as “darkness.” When a person is in darkness he cannot discern objects accurately. He cannot noticeably tell the difference between the night stand and the dresser. Man’s faculties for properly understanding his existence in this life do not work. Just as ones’ eye cannot see in the dark so one’s understanding, if darkened, cannot function properly. Lastly, Paul explains that people are separated (alienated) from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them. He describes man’s mind as void of any light, a place full of ignorance. Paul does not mean that people do not have the ability to increase in knowledge in such things as – music, math, computers, engineering, etc..- but that they are ignorant about LIGHT- truth vs. falsehood, right vs. wrong, wisdom vs. folly, good vs. evil, and God vs. satan.

If we could encounter God’s mind and thoughts, we would be submerged with light, but if we walk in man’s mind we would be stumbling around in a dark place.

1Jn 1:5 “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

God is light and in Him is no darkness at all, whereas man is darkness and in him is no light at all. Jesus said He is the “truth” and “the Light of the world” (Jn 14:6, Jn 8:12).

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What Is the Recession For?

by Jason Moore on August 30, 2010

2 Corinthians 1:1-11

This is a message about God’s purposes in the recession. Byrecession I don’t have any sophisticated definition in mind. I just mean various financial setbacks like business slowdown, decreasing profits, massive layoffs and joblessness, the bursting of the housing bubble, thousands of foreclosures, personal and business bankruptcies, bank failures, investment company collapses, the loss of retirement funds, and the social ills and unrest that go with the downturn.

God is sovereign over these things, he foresees them all, he causes or permits them all, and when he causes or permits something, he does so with purpose and design.

  • The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord. (Proverbs 16:33)
  • Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)
  • The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.” (Psalms 33:10)
  • [The Lord] declares the end from the beginning . . . saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.” (Isaiah 46:10)

So none of the recessionary events has surprised the Lord. His purposes and designs are being fulfilled according to plan. And what I want to do is draw your attention to some of those purposes. READ MORE

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By Grace Alone

by Jason Moore on June 9, 2010

Jim makes this book available free of charge in .pdf format at the GCA website.

Grace Christian Assembly boldly proclaims the sovereignty of God in the salvation of His people.

If you have a further interest in the Doctrines of Grace, please also consider the link at the top of this page (or click here), that links directly to a teaching series by John MacArthur.

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See also The Truth about Man

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The Road of Life

July 29, 2009

Originally posted at: http://tr.im/uBsa At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really […]

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