Not by Works

“For no one will be justified in his sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.” -‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭CSB‬‬

“But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us —not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy — through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” -‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:4-5‬ ‭CSB‬‬

“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.” -‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Hard work can earn you a lot of cool things on this earth, but it can never help you gain access to heaven. Only the mercy and grace of God (shown through the death of Jesus) coupled with personal faith will result in salvation. 

Manhood and Deity

Are you sold out to doing God’s will? Even at the expense of your own?

After Jesus grew up, he was baptized and then immediately sent into the wilderness to be tested and tempted by the Devil. Of course, he passed with flying colors, proving his Deity, and showing us how to say “no” to sin.

The following is a message I shared at Grace Bible Chapel on July 23, 2017.

Follow along here: Luke 3:21-4:13

1 Timothy Introduction (SERMON)

Though it was necessary for Paul to leave Timothy in Ephesus, he wrote two brief letters to help his “son in the faith” understand “…how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy‬ ‭3:15‬b CSB‬‬).

The following is a message I shared at Buena Park Christian Fellowship on July 2, 2017.

Follow along here: 1 Timothy 1

Rabboni (Poem)

“Oh woman, tell us why you weep,
and why this tearful vigil keep.”

“They came and took my Lord away!
I don’t know where they’ve put Him.”

“Dear woman, tell Me why you weep.
Who is the Man for whom you seek?”

“If you have carried Him away,
I want to come and get Him!”

“Mary, it is I.”

“Rabboni!”

-Wills Osborn (6/17/2017)
Based on John 20:11-16

The Lookout (Sermon)

Habakkuk, the lookout for Israel, pleads with the Lord on the people’s behalf, but the Lord’s answer doesn’t make sense. What is a righteous person to do?

The following is a message I shared at Palms Gospel Chapel on May 14, 2017.

Title: The Lookout

Follow along here: Habakkuk

Good Coffee

In order to be of full benefit, a Christian must, like good coffee, be:

  1. Allowed to mature (shown their need),
  2. Picked (called),
  3. Put through the fire (tested),
  4. Ground (emptied of self),
  5. Mixed with others (taught to love), and
  6. Steeped (put to work).