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How God Likes to Use Power

    One of the most frustrating realities, and at the same time one of the most wonderful realities, is that God is not like us. This is wonderful because if God became moody or capricious, even for a moment, all of reality would be unalterably unhinged.  We tend to forget this.  And we forget it because we are busy suppressing our angst that God hasn...

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Grace Is More Amazing Still: A Sermon Correction

  So this blog post is a bit embarrassing and humbling. Correction usually is. It is one thing to be a juggler and to drop a ball. That is embarrassing. But when you are leading a juggling instructional course on not dropping balls and you then drop a ball, that is really embarrassing. That is what this blog post is like. In my sermon that spent much time on understa...

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The Ten Words of Grace

  Some things never change: Governments want to tax your money; change is the only constant; and the Cubs are going to lose. These things are a sure bet. The church has one to add to the list; explaining the place of the Old Testament law. With every new generation fresh explanations have to be given regarding the church’s relationship with the law. This is not...

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Using The Bible Unbiblically

  One of the new words in our modern conversation is the word “hack.” With the rise of computers came the pursuit of getting around systems or using them for purposes unintended by the original creators. An ever present danger today is that your computer will be hacked and your credit card information stolen. But since the term basically means doing somet...

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God Doesn’t Give Second Chances

  There are a handful of idioms commonly used to speak of a person getting a do over: a new lease on life; a fresh start; turning over a new leaf; starting with a clean slate. We all have needed this at some point, in some area of our life. It is not surprising then, when these get carried over into the spiritual realm. They can work sometimes, but not always. One fa...

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Why Saying “Some Catholics Are Saved” is Foolish and Problematic

  Over the years, I have regularly heard this comment in evangelical circles, “It is possible for a Catholic to be saved.” Now, I understand that context matters. If the comment was made during the heavy exchange of a thoroughly biblical dialog, with two people grappling over the precise doctrines of conversion, such a comment would not be too much of a c...

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All Roads Lead To The Cross

  The greatest moment of all human history is what Christ did on the cross. Certainly, there have been remarkable moments from the past such as the creation of the universe and a miracle-filled exodus. And without doubt, there will be remarkable moments to come; such as the return of Christ and the marriage feast of the Lamb. But the Cross stands by itself. The great...

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How Do You Prepare For Holy Living?

  If you fail to plan, plan to fail. Statements like that are cliché for a reason. They are so true and so observable in everyday life they cement themselves into our consciousness. We have all seen the need for preparation, even if we are not good at doing it. Regardless, the need for preparation is ubiquitous. Every different activity has its own unique prep...

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The Slavery That Freedom Requires

  On December 14, 2012 Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, did an interview with Os Guinness. This interview was transcribed and posted on Al Mohler’s blog on March 18, 2013. It was a very interesting discussion about one of Guinness’s books titled A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom ...

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Cute Bunnies, Jolly Santa, and Horrid Syncretism

  It happens every time we come to Christmas and Easter. Someone somewhere waves a large red flag of warning over our celebrations. Their argument is that buried in the holiday is a connection to paganism. Is this true? Do we need to jettison these celebrations, or radically alter them? Are there dangers lurking in what we do? These are valid questions. We shouldn&r...

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A Surprising Mark of Godly Love

  Are you a loving person? Your answer can help you determine your level of spiritual maturity. Christians are to be known by our love (John 13:35), and only those who love abide in the light (1 John 2:10). The attributes of biblical love listed in 1 Corinthians 13 are helpful. However, love is like an ocean with various currents constantly moving the waters. Some cu...

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I Am the Worst Sinner I Know

  In last week’s sermon, while we were looking at the reasons behind the reality that new covenant people still sin, I said that I am the worst sinner I know. I just dropped that statement like a landmine and left it sitting there. While no one mentioned it, I can imagine someone pondering what is behind such a statement. Is there a landmine of sin in Pastor Ja...

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Your Christmas Needs More Easter

  If you have been to any birthday parties for 4 year olds lately, you know what I am about to tell you. When the piñata comes out, there are two dominate mindsets. First is the parent’s. This mindset is driven by visions of some boy swinging for the fences only to connect with the pigtails of some sweet, unsuspecting party-goer. The main thing the paren...

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The Engine of Application

  One of the dreaded features of buying a car is the reality that you have to know something about the engine. Most people are not mechanics. Yet, if you are going to buy a car, someway, somehow, you have to know enough about the engine to know that your purchase will be a wise one. Without that engine, you will only have a leather-interior paper weight. Even after y...

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The Power That Creates Godliness

  There is a sober warning that comes in Paul’s last letter. In 2 Timothy, Paul warns that difficult days will come and they will be difficult because they will be filled with godless, evil men manifesting every form of corruption. He says in 3:5 that one of their defining features is they will be “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied...

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Problem Method, Problem Message, or Both? Another look at “Easy Believeism”

  Last Sunday night there was a verse in Hosea that promoted a short discussion about the “Easy Believeism” mindset. I thought a few more reflections might be helpful. I think this might be one of those cases that shows us the complexities of discerning between the methods used and the messages conveyed. There is a need to start with some definition. Whe...

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Book Review: God’s Love

  First of all, many will be pleased to know that this isn’t even a book, but a booklet, totaling only 16 pages. Those 16 pages focus on one message: God’s love is not well represented by such a vague, weak word that is weighed down with unbiblical notions, and instead should be tied to biblical language that makes it the glorious thing it is. The author...

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