Saturday Sampler: August 21 — August 27

I’ve been on both extremes of viewing my salvation that Elizabeth Prata describes in If in fact the Spirit dwells in you… This study of the assurance of salvation, published in The End Time, addresses both over-confident false converts and insecure believers. A diligent student of God’s Word, Elizabeth uses Scripture in its context to help readers discern their standing with God.

If John and I could have had children, homeschooling would have been the only option we’d consider. In contrast, Tim Challies allowed each of his children to choose. His youngest has decided to complete her final two years of high school at home. The Day We Became Homeschoolers shares her surprisingly mature reasons for deciding that homeschool is best for her. It gives first-person evidence that public schools in Canada indoctrinate children. As you read, bear in mind that the United States generally follows Canada’s lead.

If Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins, why does the Bible indicate judgment for believers? Clint Archer answers this question by writing Reckonings & Rewards: Back to the Future, Part 6 for The Cripplegate.

Answering a question from one of her readers, Michelle Lesley writes The Mailbag: When OMG a 3CV? This blog post will make you think about how you use the Lord’s Name both in casual conversation and in your personal prayer time. I’m not sure we take the Third Commandment as seriously as we ought, so I applaud Michelle for writing this piece.

Reflecting on his recent Twitter exchange with Beth Moore, Josh Buice explores the topic of how Christians express love. Do I Love Beth Moore? Y/N appears in the G3 Ministries Blog, thoughtfully working through Biblical types of love as opposed to worldly expectations and presumptions. He reminds me that clear communication depends on clearly defining terms before demanding a yes or no answer.

J. Alan Branch contributes to For the Church with a fascinating retelling of how Joseph Smith twisted a passage in Isaiah to cover up for one of his many outlandish claims. How Dangerous Hermeneutics Can Inform False Teachers is about more than a nasty episode in Mormon history, however. It points to the necessity of proper Bible interpretation to avoid error.

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