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Grease for the wheels of Prayer, Part 1

  Nitty-Gritty.  You have probably used that term before.  It refers to the small details of life where real difficulty is found and real work has to be done.  Nit and grit are things that have to be dealt with, but you only get to it when you are elbows deep in a project.  The shiny exterior of the project is no longer in view.  All you can ...

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Do Miracles Happen Today?

    The knee-jerk answer to that question by most Christians is “Well, of course.”  But in order to be Christians who do not lean on their own understanding, and do not lean on knee-jerk answers, we have to do more.  The fear of the Lord calls his people to test everything by the Word of the Lord, because the Word has the final say on what...

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Do Not Try Jesus

    I am fan of Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce.  There is only one reason for this: a coupon.   During my days in seminary, Emily found a coupon for it so we gave it a try.  The sauce is the boss!  All of this is a classic marketing strategy.  Free samples are regular features in the marketplace because the only thing better...

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Talking to our Kids about Winning, Losing, and the Goal of Sports

  Someone has said that one of the most difficult things in sports is using a rounded bat to hit a round ball coming at you at a high rate of speed. This may be true, but a far harder thing is teaching your kids to think rightly about sports. Our family is just beginning to enter into the world of kids and sports, and already we are asking the question of how to talk...

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A Quick Reference Guide to Suffering

  In last week’s blog I took a close look at one particular type of suffering that Paul spoke of in Romans chapter eight. But as I was thinking about that one type, it got me thinking about the other distinct categories of suffering that Scripture speaks about. As I did that, I found it incredibly helpful to think about the variety and number of categories that...

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You Must Suffer To Be Glorified

  Romans 8 is a gloriously rich chapter of the Bible that should fill the mind of every believer. But gloriously rich doesn’t mean easily swallowed. Such is the case with verse 16-17. Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we su...

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Devotion Times that Count, part 4

Today I want to take a different approach in helping make devotional times spiritually valuable. The last three posts have looked at specific features, such as the relational nature of devotional times, the quantity of devotional times, and the quality of devotional times. Today I want to think about what is exactly commanded when it comes to these times. What does God a...

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Devotion Times that Count, Part 3

    In part two, I spoke of devotional times in terms of relationship, namely that there is the need for quality time and the need for quantity time. I first looked at the need for a quantity time. There must be a quantity of time spent in the Bible so that you have a framework upon which times of intimacy with the Lord can even have a possibility of happening....

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Why Secularism Failed to Deliver More Tolerance

  Many people are beginning to recognize division and intolerance are everywhere, and they are only getting stronger and more hostile. College campuses have to deal with violent rioting over speakers with certain viewpoints while at the same time creating “safe spaces” for students threatened by opposing ideas. Is this the legacy of progressivism: fight o...

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Devotion Times That Count, Part 2

    Last week I argued that the goal of devotional times was not just to have them, but to revel in them as times of relational intimacy. It is a time for knowing Christ and being known; a time for Christ to dwell in and through you while you rest and grow in Him. Like any relationship, there are two kinds of time spent with a person: quality time and quantity...

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