Outrageous Mercy

The Glory of God in the Gospel-Centered Life


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Can Our Freedoms Survive?

Can Our Freedoms Survive?

Alexander Tyler Fraser (1748-1813 observed, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy and is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. The nations have progressed through the following sequence—

*From bondage to spiritual faith

*From spiritual faith to great courage

*From courage to liberty

*From liberty to abundance

*From abundance to selfishness

*From selfishness to complacency

*From complacency to apathy

*From apathy to dependency

*From dependency back to bondage.”

In the end, republics established on the principle of freedom, lapse back into the bondage from which they arose. Why? Human sin is controlling. Humanity is too sinful to preserve liberty! Therefore, our hope and trust must always be in the Lord.


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This blog is about the gospel and how it influences every aspect of Christian life. Many Christians here the word, “gospel,” and think, that’s for beginners. I want to move on to the deeper truths. But this kind of thinking is a problem. Properly understood the gospel is the deepest truth in scripture. If you knew nothing about the Bible but the gospel, but knew it really well, you would have all the knowledge necessary for a life of godliness.

The gospel reconciles Old Testament and New. It is the center of the Bible. The Old Testament demonstrates the need for it . The Old Testament predicts it. Then the four gospels record the life and death of Jesus, the Messiah, which is the gospel. Last, the epistles look back on the gospels interpreting and applying them.

The gospel is also about ultimate issues. A display of the glory of God is God’s purpose for creation and redemption. The cross of Christ, the center of the gospel, is the greatest display of God’s glory in human history. It also displays the bankruptcy of man. In sum, the cross glorifies God and humbles humanity, and this is how it should be.

The gospel informs how married couples should relate, how they should raise their children, how they should relate to other Christians, why they should evangelize, and how they should conduct themselves in the market place. It’s all there for those who have eyes to see.

The gospel is the heart and soul of the Christian worldview. It explains how we got here, why life is often problematic, and the glorious hope that God has set before all true Believers.

These subjects and others, this blog will explore. Occasionally we will address culture and politics, but the main subject will be the gospel and its application.

If you have questions or concerns my email bfarley48@gmail.com

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How Would God Handle A Rebellious Child?

How Would God Handle A Rebellious Child?

WE WERE IN A MCDONALDS PLAY AREA for lunch after church. Next to me was a young mother with two sons, about age four and six. The four year-old was in trouble. "Sit on this chair," his mother said. "Your punishment is time-out for ten minutes." She put out her hand to...

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