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City Blog: March 2016

March 23, 2016

Am I a real Christian

Benjamin Spalink
"Am I a real Christian?" The question is a helpful one to ask periodically.  God wants us to move beyond doubt when it comes to our salvation.  But because of the prevalence of sin that goes under the guise of "Christianity," it is necessary to test ourselves time to time.  Whether you answer in the positive or negative, the answer is helpful. If "yes," you can feel secure and thankful to God.  If "no," the Spirit is convicting you to bring about true repentance and faith - you may have saved yourself from disaster. I John is filled with ...
March 10, 2016

Receiving Forgiveness

Benjamin Spalink
"Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" (John 21:16) Simon (also named Peter) committed a terrible sin. He betrayed Jesus during Jesus' worst moment, denying that he even knew him.  Following Jesus' death, Peter is so wracked with guilt and sadness, he gives up the whole following Jesus business to return to his former way of life.  Jesus asks him this question. Jesus knows the answer, but he wants John to hear himself say the words, "Yes, Jesus. I love you."  He wants to absolve him of his guilt and remind him of his purpose - "Feed my ...

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