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Finding Resolve

As quickly as it began, 2010 is coming to an end, and as with most years, we are confronted with the newfound sense of optimism that always comes with the New Year. For most of us, the New Year isn’t just a calendar change, but it carries with is an aura of new life and(…)

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A Few Thoughts About Christmas

This week America celebrates Christmas. In many homes this is true no matter what the religious affiliation of the family because in 21st century America, Christmas has very little to do with Christ, and a whole lot to do with a weird combination of tradition and materialism. From many people outside of the Christian faith,(…)

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Christmas in America

  ‘Tis the season for a good old fashioned war on Christmas. After all, that is what it seems America has come to celebrate this time of year. But this letter is not to America, it is to the Christian. See, I hear complaints every year from fellow believers that the secular agenda in this(…)

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For the Love of the Church – part 2

Last week I talked about the fact that Jesus loved the church so much that He died for her, and that the implication is that when we say we love Him, that we also love what He loves. But today I want to talk about the fact that it isn’t enough to simply not dislike(…)

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For the Love of the Church – part 1

I recently realized that out of all of my close guy friends, I am now the only one who is not married. The reality that comes with this, as I have found through the chain of marriages the last few years, is that when a buddy of mine takes a wife, it changes the dynamic(…)

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How to Keep a Prayer Journal – part 2

In part 1 we talked about the logistics involved in prayer journaling, which is simple enough, but if you took the initiative to do those things, you know there is still something missing: actually prayer journaling. In this post I will tell you the sections or the elements that I have in my own prayer(…)

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How to Keep a Prayer Journal – part 1

Honestly, this is something I have been thinking about writing for some time, but didn’t know if I had the right to do so, because it is something that I am so inconsistent at doing. However, because there is much value to it, but little help on getting started, I figured I’d share with you(…)

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Idolatry

In Christianity, the goal of life is to draw close to Christ and be conformed to His likeness. This is what the word Christian means – “little Christ” or “like Christ.” When someone first starts out on this path into Christ-likeness, known as “getting saved,” they will immediately begin to see how certain things in(…)

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The Ten Commandments – Introduction

Recently, a major news organization ran a series of reports on the 10 Commandments from the Old Testament asking if they are still relevant to us today. Although I did not get to see most of these reports, I was struck by the legitimacy of our society asking this question. After all, these are 10(…)

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Make Your Calling and Election Sure

As I have been preaching through the book of Second Peter, there is one verse that has stood out to me and is continually a point of meditation. I really think that you could say it is the theme of the book. If you have been listening to my series, or are familiar with the(…)

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Finding God in Your Life

Last week I wrote a letter to a friend of mine who has been going through a lot of changes in her life and searching for clarity on it all. She feels as though things are getting better in her life and she is happy with herself, but the problem arises that through all of(…)

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Thought…

What would you do in your current situation if you were absolutely certain that God is on your side and working for your good? What would you have done differently in the bad situation in your past if you were sure of this? You don’t have to answer in a comment. Just to give you(…)

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Daily Grace

Last night I talked about the situations we find ourselves in as believers who know God’s grace, and yet still daily struggle with sins. We are at war within ourselves as Galatians 5 makes clear. The flesh wars against the spirit. What I taught last night was a big reminder to me, and I have(…)

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Thoughts on Evolution

So I have been thinking about evolution a lot lately. I am of the postmodern mindset and a lot of times I find myself questioning my faith in God because of the rationality of it. For the last week I have been struggling with my faith again and keep having to remind myself that the(…)

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All Things Work Together for the Good of Who?

Ok, first of all I am sorry to everyone bugging me because I still haven’t written. Secondly, I don’t know how many of you listen to my sermons but I will include the player at the bottom of this post. The topic from Sunday night (1 Peter 4)goes along well with what I am about(…)

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Kingdom Builders – but Whose Kingdom?

This morning I have been reading through the book of Amos. This is probably my favorite book in the Bible as it clearly demonstrates what the intentions of the law were and what God’s heart is for His people. The central message of the book is that every human being has become a tyrant fighting(…)

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The Lesser of Two Evils?

Today I am faced with quite a predicament. On November 4th I will be traveling to Panama on a church mission trip, so today I need to go to the courthouse and vote early. The problem is, that even with the full election only a couple of weeks away, I still cannot see myself voting(…)

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Tolerance

Recently I submitted an article for a soon-to-be-released book on the issue of Morals and American Culture. In this article I wrote: Aristotle said, “Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society,” yet it seems that these two precisely describe modern day America. We have come to a place where no one(…)

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“Go and Make Disciples”

If you have been a Christian long I am sure you are familiar with the passage found in Mark 16 (or at least Matthew 20) where Jesus tells the disciples to go into all the world preaching and making disciples. It is at the end of His earthly ministry and even after the resurrection has(…)

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A couple of videos

First, Dr. Tim Keller, Founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan talks about his new book ‘The Reason for God’. Thought this is a great lecture, wish it was longer. What I really enjoyed is the attitude of humility he holds to during the questions at the end: http://www.youtube.com/v/Kxup3OS5ZhQ&hl=en&fs=1 And second, Do Christians get on(…)

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