Carl Knott

Pleasing God

      "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). Most people live to please themselves, even among evangelicals. The lament of the Apostle Paul is even truer today: “all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s” (Phil. 2:21). The Bible teaches plainly that it is privilege, not a burden, to live to please God. Yet ...

The Christian Family

The name "Christian" does not mean much in the world anymore, except maybe "not Buddhist" or "not Muslim," or something like that. But taking its original and long forgotten meaning, "Christ-one," a follower of Jesus Christ, we ask, "What makes a family a Christian family?" How can we tell one when we see it? Are there distinctive features that will help us pick out of a group of families those that are Christian? How about our homes, how can we discern if they are really Ch...

Saving Grace and Serving Grace

Grace is God’s unmerited favor and help. I started learning about it early in life, but school isn’t out yet. My godly grandfather etched the words of the hymn “Amazing Grace” into my memory by frequently humming, whistling or singing that hymn, his favorite, in his home, in the car, at work and in the assembly. It meant so much to him because, he said, he was a wretch who had been saved by grace and he would never forget it. It would do us all good to share that ...
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