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Are we God’s children by nature or adoption?

Greg addresses a reader question about our status as God’s children. Do we come by that by nature or by adoption? Scripture seems to give something of a mixed answer. What’s up with that?

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When God is Revealed

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A Calvinist and an Arminian walk into a bar…

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God Clearly Can, So Why Doesn’t He? (podcast)

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