The Deep End of the Pool

Predestination – Short Version

Are all things predestined?  Are all things already predetermined?  Did God create some sort of cosmic “blueprint” that already has every minute detail planned out from beginning to end?

Or are some things able to be changed by the choices of free moral agents?  Are people really free to make choices that have any kind of effect on their lives, their surroundings, and their future?

In this post I want to examine what the Bible has to say about predestination. Continue reading

Sovereignty

Many times, when I am having a discussion with someone about things like healing, trials, blessings, etc, the phrase “God is sovereign” will come up.  While I agree with this phrase wholeheartedly, it seems to me that people have different ideas about what this phrase actually means.  The purpose of this post is to examine what sovereignty means in general, and then look at Continue reading

Chosen in Christ

What does it mean when the Bible tells us in Ephesians 1 that we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world?  Does that mean that God picks people out for eternal life before they are even born?  Does it mean that God looks at all of the people that will eventually live, and choose to save some but not others?  If you have ever wondered about this, then hopefully this post will be helpful to you. Continue reading

Does God’s Will Always Happen?

muddy_shoes_cleaningadvices_blog_comWhat is God’s will?  How can we know God’s will?  Does God’s will always happen?  Can we look at the world around us and assume that everything we see is because of God’s will?  If we pray for something and it doesn’t happen, should we assume that it wasn’t God’s will?

The way that we understand, define, or think about the subject “God’s will” is very important.  This is one of those topics that will affect so many other things.  It affects how we view God’s character.  It affects the decisions we make every day.  It is difficult to overstate the influence this has on the lives of people that believe in God.

In this post, I hope to provide a way to think about God’s will that will be simple, helpful, and most importantly, Biblical. Continue reading