Jesus & The Gospel

Confession and Community

Last week I preached for Missions Emphasis Month at my church (you can listen to that sermon here). What I want to share this week is something that the Holy Spirit began convicting me about while I was preparing that sermon, to the point that I had to take action. It wasn’t the sermon message(…)

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Identity Crisis

“Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.” I’m sure you’ve heard that old adage before. What people mean when they quote it is that the only hope for the Christian is not in religious actions or pious discipline, but only in our relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ. This is because after the fall(…)

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Love God and Do As You Please

“Love God and do as you please.” I think that is a great statement. Don’t agree? Well, don’t label me a heretic just yet. That is actually a quote from St. Augustine of Hippo, or rather a modern version of a quote from Him. Augustine’s exact quote within it’s surrounding context is this: “Once for(…)

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to God’s People?

  “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We hear that question a lot. It very well could be the oldest cliche in the English language. As a Christian, we know the default answer: “There are no good people.” Right? I mean, Jesus Himself told the rich young ruler, “No one is good except(…)

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Celebrating New Year’s for Eternity

Well, it is now the last week of 2011. It almost seems as though the year just began, and now it’s over. Many of us at this time of year begin to do some introspection of ourselves and analyze our lives over the past 12 months. We ask what we did well, and what we(…)

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Law Breakers

Scenario: You are driving down the highway on a long road trip. The speed limit is 70 miles per hour, but knowing the chances of getting ticketed are slim, you push it up to about 73. Going around a long curve you are passed by another driver doing at least 85mph, which makes you mad.(…)

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An Open Letter to Sasha Laxton

If you have not yet read any of the recent news articles about Sasha Laxton, the child whose parents are raising him as “gender-neutral,” you can do so here. ————————————————————————————————— Dear Sasha, I know that you are too young to understand what I want to tell you right now. I also know that you will(…)

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Pixelated – Taking a Closer Look at Our Lives

I have a graphic design friend who is a genius at his job. Watching him work photoshop is like watching a master pianist quickly playing his keyboard to create something beautiful. Out of sheer inspiration after seeing him work his magic, I decided that I need to learn to do what he does. Unfortunately, as(…)

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Salvation Leads to Salvation

The other day, I started reading the book of Matthew, and as I typically do while reading, I had some thoughts come to mind that I wrote down to come back to and think on later. And it didn’t take long in Matthew for one of these thoughts to come to me. The book of(…)

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The Tangible Kingdom

As I have been slowly working through the book of Matthew in my devotion time, there are certain themes that seem to recur again and again in the ministry of Jesus and the disciples – things like “the Kingdom of Heaven,” the testimony of things  seen, and the idea of bearing fruit. Very early on,(…)

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