The 500TH Anniversary of The Reformation

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THE MAIN TENANTS OF THE REFORMATION – THE FIVE “SOLAS”

The “SOLAS” of the Protestant Reformation are a set of doctrines held by theologians and churchmen to be central to that period of change in the western Christian church. Each sola— from the Latin meaning "alone" or "only"—represents a key belief held by the reformers of the 16th century in contrast to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. The precise number of SOLAS varies, but lists of three and five are common.

The SOLAS were not systematically brought together until the 20th century. But sola gratia and sola fide were used by the reformers themselves. For example, in 1554 Philip Melanchthon wrote, "sola gratia justificamus et sola fide justificamur” ("only by grace do you justify, and only by faith are we justified"). All the SOLAS show up in various writings by the Protestant reformers, but they do not all appear in one place. In the earliest references to the SOLAS, three were typically mentioned: Scripture over tradition, faith over works, and grace over merit. Each of these pairs of terms is intended to highlight how Protestant teaching differs from Roman Catholic teaching.

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Our Mission Trip to Asia

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Amazing ministry opportunities were given to Carol and me this past month in China and Singapore.  We are so grateful to have received invitations to preach and to teach in churches, ministry training schools, Bible colleges, and seminaries in multiple cities. This meant we were able to equip some of the best and brightest emerging Christian leaders who love the Lord and others.

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Merry Christmas Florida Bible College Alumni and Friends!

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What a wonderful time of year CHRISTmas is!  If we are not overwhelmed with many seasonal activities, it gives us time to reflect on what the Lord has done in us and for us.

This year has been a very special year in the launch of Florida Bible College.  It is easy to see the grace of God in many of the answers to prayers.

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Success without a God-purpose is like a pretty bow on an empty box;

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How do you measure success? Achievement? Recognition? Financial Security? Appreciation?

God has designed you for a unique purpose; a purpose so fulfilling and so rewarding that it doesn’t even seem like work. You run at peak efficiency when you hit your stride simply because He custom-built you for that purpose, and that purpose is the number one reason you are here on planet Earth at this place and time. He designed you to succeed at His purpose and to enjoy the freedom and personal fulfillment of life lived in total harmony with His will. Success is finding your God-purpose and starting to really live. Have you discovered His purpose for you?

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Why A Biblical Education From Florida Bible College

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I recently read an article about a University of Virginia survey conducted in which the graduates were asked what type of education they would recommend to new students considering the careers they currently represented.  Ninety one percent of them answered that they would pursue a liberal arts degree.  It should not surprise us that this would be the answer from a secular school.

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