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Christlike Emotions During Relational Turmoil

    One of the most difficult things you will have to go through is relational conflict.  And one of the reasons it is so difficult is because it is so continual.  As long as you are around people, you will be around conflict.  So what do we do about this?  Most do what comes natural, and it is either retreat or attack.  Clearly, turnin...

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Five Characteristics of Sexual Sin

      We live in a pornified culture.  Sexual sin has become so commonplace that people don’t recognize it as the sin that it is.  This means Christians, and the church as a whole, need to become very good at speaking to sexual matters in a way that is clear, serious, and unashamed.  As a caveat, we must always protect the innocence o...

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Grease for the Wheels of Prayer, Pt. 4

    Prioritization.  I put that word first because, well…you know.  Prioritization is one of those things that we all know we need to do, but we don’t because, ironically, it is not a priority.  It is just easier to do what is easy (how is that for an earth-shaking observation?).   The need, and the difficulty, of prioritiz...

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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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Grease for the Wheels of Prayer, Part 3

    “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.”  This was the stunned assertion of the guards in John 7:46, who were supposed to arrest Jesus, but they just couldn’t bring themselves to do it.  Jesus was too unique, too powerful, too “otherly.”  Jesus’ words on prayer are like this as well.  The ins...

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Reflections on 5 Years of Ministry

    Time flies when your…doing ministry, apparently.  People often talk about how kids grow up before you know it, but it is true of a church as well.  It is hard to believe we have been here five years.  The mixture of excitement and uncertainty felt in that first year is still vivid.  Maybe it is because that mixture of excitement a...

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When Does Servanthood Become Sin-enablement?

    Servanthood is one of the marks of Christlikeness.  Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”  Servanthood is doing what other people truly need done because they can’t do it, either because of lack of ability or opportunity.  The believer’s heart is inclined toward this....

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The Age of Accountability Demands You Be Ready

    Every parent wants to know the age of accountability.  But really, that precise moment isn’t important to know.  This is like being 90 years old and asking “When am I going to die?”  That is asking a question that can’t be answered while ignoring the question you should be giving all your attention to.  The real q...

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Grease For the Wheels of Prayer, part 2

  In the last post about prayer, we looked at a few short passages about the incredible power prayer unleashes.  Prayer gets things happening whether we see it or not.  Perhaps the only thing more exciting is to be incessantly told to use it incessantly. This feels almost too good to be true.  I can easily imagine being told never to use a tool of imme...

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A LGBT slogan goes to the Science Scrapheap

  The ubiquitous LGBT mantra “Born that way” is finally getting dumped in the landfill of scientific fiction.  Bible teachers have been trying to do that for years, and the sexual revolution is now doing it for us.   What has caused the reversal?  Think of it like this.  Bikes are wonderful vehicles.  But do you know what bi...

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