My Christmas Letter to You

Posted by John Benko - December 25th, 2013

Dear and Precious One,

God loves you with a deep and everlasting love. His is the only perfect love you will experience here on earth. All other loves, as beautiful as they can be, are only pale imitations of His true and abiding Love. He resides in your heart, caring for each precious beat of it, whispering to the inmost part of you His words of True Love.

Like all good loves, He listens, too. He waits for your word, longs to hear you utter the smallest of prayers so that He can hear your desire for Him, for change, for perfection. He wants you to love Him in return. He will never force Himself upon you. He will wait for you and love you from afar for as long as you demand it.

He knows how you breathe, how you feel, how you wonder. He also knows your struggles. He meets you with Mercy when you fail to live in the way that He knows is best for you. He asks you to wait for something much better than you can imagine. He sighs with your impatience and anger at Him and loves you anyway.

Your life is so much more than you can even imagine. His plans for you are so far above your ideas as the Heavens are above the Earth. Allow Him, the author of your very soul, to whisper the first parts of His desire
s for you in the silence of your expectant heart.

I will pray each day for you, my brother, my sister in Christ,
Christie Martin

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*BEST OF DTB #205* Sola Fide show notes

Posted by John Benko - August 5th, 2012

These show notes coincide with this Blog Talk Radio debate

Our show notes are at and include nearly 100 verses of scripture refuting this doctrine. 

There are two parts of faith that are enunciated in Scripture. One is belief (the Greek noun pistes) and the other is trust (the Greek verb pisteo). The latter is informed by the former and that is why faith, the noun, illuminates, faithfully, the verb. The first is assent and the second is response. They are inextricably linked. If one has faith, one will act faithfully to demonstrate that faith.

Nowhere is this duality clearer than in the 11th chapter of Hebrews, where the writer states that faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

So it is both belief and trust and that results in hope

 7 By faith L)’> events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of D)’> Abel offered to God N)’> Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place AG)’> Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son.
  • By faith Moses, when he was grown up, AQ)’> choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy AS)’> He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to , works - Comments Off