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 By Max Ridgway    Local    May 10, 2019

God's work, not yours

In Titus 3:5 the Apostle Paul writes, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” The word “saved” used in this verse is a word that implies rescue. Imagine for a moment that you are on the...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    March 29, 2019

The Christian life is meant to be easy

In the 11th chapter of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls....

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    February 15, 2019

The Christ-centered life

Christianity is not about you and your work. It is about Christ and his work. The Apostle Paul seems to have felt it necessary to constantly re-orient his readers towards this fundamental truth. For example, this is what he wrote to the Colossians:...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    November 23, 2018

Getting rid of the fear of God

In his first epistle, the Apostle John has a lot to say about our relationship with God, which he describes as a relationship based on love, specifically God’s love for us. He writes that “we love him because he first loved us.” Our love for...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    October 12, 2018

Relationship, not religion

Jesus did not come into the world to bring another religion. Christianity, in fact, is not a religion at all. Religion is all about rules, laws and codes of conduct. In other words, religion tells you what you must do to make yourself acceptable to...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    August 31, 2018

They had a message

The first Christians had no Bibles at all. In fact, the New Testament had not yet been written, and many years would go by before it was compiled. Even then, the average Christian did not have a personal Bible at all. Though the first Christians did...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    August 10, 2018

Work out your own salvation

Salvation is a word used by the Apostle Paul to describe our relationship with God. The word salvation is a word that implies rescue. By choosing to use this word, Paul is therefore describing a one-sided relationship. God is the rescuer and we are...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    July 20, 2018

There's a reason it's called Christianity

Christianity is called by that name because it’s all about Christ. This may seem obvious, but Christians need to be continually reminded that it’s not about them. In other words, it’s not about you and how good you can be. It’s about Christ a...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    June 8, 2018

The certainty of salvation

In Titus 3:5 the Apostle Paul writes, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us …” The language of “saved” and “salvation” is the language of rescue. Imagine for a moment that you are on...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    April 6, 2018

What we learn from John 3:16

John 3:16 is probably the best known verse in the Bible. However, because it is so well known, the risk is that it becomes easy to quote without giving much thought to what it is actually saying. It begins with words that overturn a common misconcept...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    March 16, 2018

The fundamental fact of Christianity

Many Christians begin to feel anxious, insecure and confused due to a failure to keep in mind some fundamental facts about the nature of Christianity. The first fact is that it’s all about Christ, it’s not about you. Paul confirms this when he...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    February 2, 2018

What does God want from you?

Jesus was asked this very question in the sixth chapter of John’s gospel. The people asked him, “What shall we do that we might work the works of God?” The Amplified Translation makes their question even more clear: “What are we to do to...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    December 29, 2017

The old is gone – the new is here

The first thing you should notice about the Bible is that it is divided into two parts labeled “old” and “new.” This distinction is important because it suggests that there is a difference between what is old and what is new. If there were...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    November 24, 2017

The reason for thankfulness

During the season of the Thanksgiving holiday, we are often encouraged to “be more thankful.” However, there is no need to exhort Christians to be thankful if Christianity is rightly understood, not as something we do for God, but rather,...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    October 20, 2017

It's not about you

We live in a world driven by performance. In everyday life your worth is determined by your work. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. The more you work, the more you’re worth. Who you are and what you have is defined by what you do. In...

 

Change your mind, not your culture

One of the many mistaken notions of the modern church is that the goal of Christianity is to change the culture; that the culture should somehow be forced into conformity with Christianity. However, this is certainly not the message of the New...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    August 11, 2017

Do we pay for what we have done?

A few years ago, I was walking out of a church when a man said to me, out of the blue, “Well, I know we all have to pay for what we've done ...” I don't know what he was talking about, or what specifically was on his mind, but it struck me that...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    June 30, 2017

The mistake of the church

The great mistake of the church is that it has preached to people about their sins and bad behavior, instead of preaching about God’s remedy for sin and bad behavior. The church has specialized in telling people what they should have done, but have...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    April 14, 2017

The death of Christ – why it matters

I regret to say that I once read a book by a theologian. The subject was the theology of the Apostle Paul. Commenting on Paul’s emphasis on the death of Christ, the author said, “I fail to see how the death of one man 2,000 years ago has any...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    February 24, 2017

Reconciliation, not retribution

It could be argued that mankind has an instinctive knowledge of God as demonstrated by the universal religious impulse that is a characteristic part of every culture. This instinctive knowledge of God usually consists of two related ideas: that...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    December 2, 2016

A change of administration

Having recently passed through a presidential election, everyone is aware of the fact that a change of administration is underway, and we understand what it means: a new leader with new policies and new ways of dealing with old problems. While these...

 

God is not keeping score anymore

I think that many people visualize God as a grey-bearded old man sitting up in heaven with a feather quill pen writing down all our sins and transgressions on a huge scroll, with the thought in mind that even though we might have thought we “got...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    September 9, 2016

Are we living in the last days?

It is commonly assumed by many that we are living in the last days and that the end of the world is just around the corner. However, if you take the Bible seriously, it is impossible to hold that opinion. The reason is that the writers of the New Tes...

 

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