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Lantana Grace Church
Scriptures Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone
Scriptures Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone


Prevenient Grace

What is Prevenient Grace? It is grace before grace, or that which is pre (before) convenient (purposed to an end)? In fact, it is everything, (yes, everything) a child of God experiences in life and thought prior to being effectually called to Christ by the Holy Spirit. Our Heavenly Father knows each one of His children perfectly. He has ordained a perfect set of circumstances for each one of them to be able to hear the gospel and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. In the hand of our merciful, loving Father, it really is… “All Good”.

Because the reprobate enjoys the benefits of living in a world where God is providing for His people, some speak of God’s “common” grace. There is nothing “common” about God’s grace, and there is no such thing as grace that is not saving grace. Only God’s elect receive God’s grace, and everything they receive is by God’s grace. “I know the thoughts I have for you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Greg Elmquist
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All Of Grace

Salvation is all of God’s free and sovereign grace. Man’s works and morality never enter into the equation. Salvation is either all of grace or all of works. There can be no mixture. “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace” (Romans 11:6).

Salvation is by grace: "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)" (Ephesians 2:5).

We are called by grace: "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace" (Galatians 1:15).

We are justified by grace: "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).

We have a good hope through grace: "Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace" (II Thessalonians 2:16).

Thank God for salvation by grace!

Frank Tate
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The Wideness of God's Mercy

There is a limit to God’s mercy. He does not have mercy on all men without exception. He said, ‘I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” That fact prevents us from presuming upon His mercy.

But there is a wideness to God’s mercy. The wideness of His mercy is measured by the word “whosoever”. “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Whosoever is better than if it said our own personal name. There could be another person intended who happened to have my same name. But I am a whosoever! Here is the wideness of God’s mercy… “Whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” None who call upon His Name shall be denied mercy. That is wide!

Todd Nibert
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The Law Of God

What is the Law of God for? There are a lot of mistakes that have been made about the Law. We are not under the Law as a means of salvation; we delight to see the Law in the hand of Christ and desire to obey the Lord in all things. What is the Law of God for? For us to keep, in order to be saved by it? No, not at all. It is sent in order to show us that we cannot be saved by works and to show us that salvation is only by grace. If you tell a man that the old Law is altered so that he can keep it, you have left him in his old legal hope, and he is sure to cling to it. You need a perfect Law that shuts man up to his hopelessness apart from Christ Jesus, puts him into an iron cage and locks him up, and offers him no way of escape. Only then does he begin to cry out, “Lord, save me by grace or I will surely perish.”

Scott Richardson
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A Loving Husband

It is easy to submit to someone who loves your sacrificially. For a man to insist that his wife submit to his authority without earning her respect by putting her needs before his own, can only cause resentment. The Lord proved His love for His wife by giving Himself for her. He always speaks kindly to her. He is always tender and patient with her. He reminds her constantly how precious she is to Him. She in return, delights in submission to His loving authority. “Husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:22-33).

Greg Elmquist
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Holder of the Keys of Hell and Death

Our exalted King, Jesus Christ the Glorified God-man, holds the keys of hell and death in His Sovereign Hands (Revelation 1:18). The Blessed Redeemer of His chosen people is the only One who can unlock the door of THE PRISON HOUSE OF UNBELIEF and set the prisoner free! Until He does, not only will hell-deserving sinners be held by the power of spiritual darkness, they love that darkness and have no desire to be set free (John 3:19-20). OH! how blessed God’s children are! and how thankful we are to our Sovereign God who has delivered us from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:12-14).

Gene Harmon
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Godly Fear
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding”

A God given fear of God is the first part of saving wisdom. Understanding that God is our Creator and Judge and we have sinned against Him, produces a godly fear. And then to know the Lord Jesus Christ as the Holy One of God, Who is made unto us righteousness. This is wisdom “from above” and this is understanding.

Paul Mahan
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Grace and Knowledge
II Peter 3:18 "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen."

Growing in grace and growing in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ is synonymous. The more Christ is revealed to us and in us, the more the child of God will grow in grace. To grow in grace is to grow in the knowledge of Him who is God’s salvation of grace. It is no wonder that it was Paul’s ultimate desire to know the Lord Jesus Christ. “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10).

David Eddmenson
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Words to Die By

“Speak to me now in Scripture language alone,” said a dying Christian. “I can trust the words of God; but, when they are the words of man, it costs me an effort to think whether I may trust them.”

Henry Mahan
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Head Stones

Not long ago I was walking through a cemetery looking at head stones. Each had a beginning and an end. Although I did not know anyone there, I know God knows each one down to their thoughts. I cannot express the importance of knowing Christ when our end comes.

The cemetery is an interesting place,
the young, the old have their place.
When God his trumpet sounds,
they shall rise up from the ground.
They shall stand before God’s face,
and receive from Him their final place.

John Chapman
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