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Robert Walker: Christ Has Faith for Us

Robert Walker

Robert Walker: Christ Has Faith for Us

In this interview, in Scotland, Robert Walker highlights who Christ is for us. He is the editor of two of Thomas Torrance's books: Incarnation and Atonement.

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Robert T. Walker

Robert T. Walker is nephew of the late Thomas F. Torrance. Walker edited Torrance's lecture notes into two books describing Torrance's teachings about the person and work of Jesus Christ. The first is Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ (InterVarsity, 2008); the second is Atonement: The Person and Work of Christ (InterVarsity, 2009). For a PDF of all three interviews, click here.

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Introduction: You’re Included traveled to Scotland’s esteemed University of St. Andrews for a special Thomas F. Torrance conference marking the launch of the book Atonement: The Person and Work of Christ. This is the second of two volumes consisting of Torrance’s lectures on Christology at New College in Edinburgh, Scotland from 1952 to 1978. Edited by retired theology lecturer Robert T.

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I Want to Accept Jesus, But...

Advice for young people thinking about
committing their lives to Jesus Christ.

“I want to accept Jesus, but I’m afraid. I’m not even sure if I’m ready yet, but I want to be.” My wife and I were talking with a teenage girl. She said she wanted to accept Jesus but didn’t understand how. “Can you describe what happens when I decide to commit my life to Christ? What is expected of me as a Christian? How will I have to change?”

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Rick Shallenberger
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Take the Leap

Jesus once told an allegory (OK, a parable) about two kinds of people who went to the temple to pray. One of them was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector (Luke 18:9-14). Now, these days, 2,000 years after Jesus told the story, we might be tempted to nod knowingly and say, “Yes, of course, the Pharisees were the self-righteous hypocrites, right?” Well, maybe, but let’s put that assessment aside for the moment and consider what Jesus’ listeners would have been thinking.

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J. Michael Feazell
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Believing the Gospel

Many Christians are afraid of the gospel. We are afraid of the gospel because it is too good. Many of us are more comfortable with religion than we are with the gospel. We prefer to read the Bible as a divine rulebook that guards the entrance to the kingdom than to read it as God’s witness to his redemption of the whole cosmos through his Son.

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J. Michael Feazell
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Justification and Righteousness by Faith

God called Abraham out of Mesopotamia and promised to give his descendants the land of Canaan. After Abraham was in the land of Canaan,

The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abram said, “O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?… You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

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Joseph Tkach, Sr.
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Can You Trust the Holy Spirit to Save You?

I was talking with a friend who had been a Christian for many years. The topic of his baptism came up.

“Why did you want to be baptized?” I asked him.

“Because I wanted to receive the power of the Holy Spirit so that I could overcome all my sins.”

“Did it work?”

He laughed. “No.”

His intentions were good, but his understanding was flawed. (No one understands perfectly, and we are saved by God’s mercy despite our misunderstandings.)

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Trials and Faith

Some Christians think that they have a guaranteed a way to escape trials. They point to biblical promises that God will intervene for those who have faith in his Son.

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Once in a Blue Moon

Joseph Tkach

Once in a Blue Moon

Sometimes our faith can seem like a blue moon, appearing only rarely, then disappearing again. We might feel that God has abandoned us.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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A friend recently sent me a picture of the 2009 New Years Eve blue moon he took on his phone camera from his home in Southern California. The moon wasn’t actually blue, of course, but it was certainly a rare sight. A blue moon, which is a second full moon in one month, is a rare occurrence in itself, occurring only once every two-and-a-half years.

But a New Year’s Eve blue moon occurs only once every 19 years. That’s why the expression “once in a blue moon” refers to something that is rare, special, uncommon or strange, but not impossible.

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Responding to God With Faith

Woman considering whether she can cross the chasm on the cross

God is powerful, and he is good. He always uses his enormous power to further his promise of love and grace toward his people. He is gentle, loving, slow to anger and full of mercy.

That’s good, but what difference does it make in our lives? How do we respond to a God who is simultaneously powerful and gentle? We respond in at least two ways.

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So What?

Does it really matter whether God exists? Does it make any difference in your life whether he cares about you?

Suppose he has given you a present, wrapped up in pretty paper with a lovely ribbon? "It's already yours," he says, "whether you believe it or not, whether you open it or not."

What are we supposed to do with a gift like that? Set it aside because we are afraid of what it might contain? Or open it to see if it is any good?

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