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  • How to Overcome Sin
    February 7, 2019
    Blog
    “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”  Romans 6:12 Christians know they aren’t supposed to sin.  This is drilled into to most of us pretty early on.  The trouble is, most of the communication sounds like, “Don’t do this, don’t do that, and whatever you do, make sure you don’t…” It’s fine to be taught moral principles. Paul said he wouldn’t have known what sin was if the law hadn’t told him (Rom 7:7). However, at some point we’ve got to get past just pointing out that certain things are...
  • The Chiefs, Protestors, and Free Will
    January 23, 2019
    Blog
    Last Sunday Molly and I got to go to the Chiefs game at the last minute.  On the way in, there were a bunch of protestors on the side of the road. They had a strange mish-mash of signs about how God hated various people, that judgement was near, and that football was an idol.  I usually have to fight off anger at stuff like this because of how terribly it misrepresents God. However, as I was feeling frustrated, I saw my favorite sign in the group.  It read: “Free will is a demonic lie.”  At that point I just laughed...
  • Listening to Understand
    December 19, 2018
    Blog
    “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19 The Holidays are almost here, and if you’re like many people, you may end up in an unwanted tradition:  the family argument. Getting together can be lots of fun but can also cause some tension. I wanted to share a simple principle for helping us communicate better, not just during the Holidays, but any time we’re confronted with people with views and agendas that differ from our own. In general, it’s hard to communicate with people who...
  • Focus: The Key to Unlocking Destiny
    December 13, 2018
    Blog
    Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22).  In the context, He’s talking about the importance of focusing on God and His Kingdom.  He says later that if we’re single-minded in our pursuit of God, everything else we’re worried about will come to us (Verse 33). This teaches us the power of priorities and keeping God in first place. It also teaches a broader truth about how focus enables us to walk in our destiny. Jesus is saying, “You really can’t focus...
  • The Wonder of the Incarnation
    November 29, 2018
    Blog
    About 2000 years ago a miracle happened. We celebrate it on Christmas. I’ve loved Christmas since I was a kid.  We got to sing special songs, unwrap presents, and on Christmas Eve, we held candles and tried not to burn the church down. For a long time, I think I missed the main point.  I’m not talking about forgetting about Jesus and embracing commercialism. That’s certainly a problem, but I understood all that. I missed what made the birth of Jesus so miraculous.  I thought the biggest miracle was the virgin birth. That’s huge, and I’m not diminishing it at all,...
  • What Does Romans 8:28 Actually Mean?
    November 14, 2018
    Blog
    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 My wife and I enjoy the show Master Chef.  It’s about home cooks competing to produce top restaurant quality meals. They’re judged by professional, celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey. One of the common competitions on the show is the “Mystery Box Challenge.” Each contestant is given a box full of a mystery ingredient that they must then use to create a gourmet meal.  What makes it challenging is that the ingredients are often difficult to use, or just...
  • The Importance of Believing in Miracles
    November 8, 2018
    Blog
    Do you believe in miracles? By that I mean, do you believe that the laws of nature can be violated by a supernatural God who intervenes in human history?  What we believe about this is more important than you might think and is influenced heavily by our collective history. A side effect of the Reformation was that large swathes of Protestantism eventually rejected belief in all supernatural phenomena. This rejection, in conjunction with the Enlightenment, gave rise to Christian Liberalism (not political liberalism). Liberal theology denies all miraculous phenomena and sees the stories in the Bible as moral parables that teach us...
  • Past, Present, and Future Sins are Forgiven
    October 18, 2018
    Blog
    Did you know that all your sins, past, present, and future are already forgiven? That may seem like a radical statement. How can God forgive sin we haven’t even committed yet? In Hebrews 10, the author of Hebrews contrasts the Old and New Covenants. In verse 11 he says, “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftetimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.” He’s saying that under the Mosiac Law there were many sacrifices that were offered over and over again, every day and every year.  These sacrifices renewed the covenant, but they never actually took away people’s...