Some Scriptures and Meditations to Help You Fight Sin
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Some Scriptures and Meditations to Help You Fight Sin

It’s so easy to get trapped by desires for sin. They can corner us, pressure us, and basically take over our minds. Your best defense is to proactively pursue joy, pleasure, and above all rest in God’s character and promises. They are incredible beyond our wildest imaginations, and yet when we walk through our days not actively remembering God...

God’s New Year’s Resolutions
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God’s New Year’s Resolutions

Tonight, we say farewell to the troubles of 2016, we celebrate the joys of the past year, and we ponder mysteries of the new year to come. Above it, all ring the ever-revolving anthems of our “New Year’s Resolutions.” We cringe at the thought of failing at them before the end of January. We fantasize...

How Do I Know if I’m Saved
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How Do I Know if I’m Saved

There was a time in my life when I used to wrestle endlessly with this question. It was the source of no small amount of fear and anxiety, often leaving me physically shaking and in tears. It’s one of those “existential” questions every believer asks in his or her life, and never just once. I’m...

Mourn with those who mourn
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Mourn with those who mourn

The worst mass shooting in our country’s history has occurred. A community has been devastated. Worse, a group of people already marginalized in much of our society now likely fear for their safety even in public places. My heart hurts for what the victims and their families are going through. This is a time to...

Shaken to Become Unshaken: The SCOTUS Decision
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Shaken to Become Unshaken: The SCOTUS Decision

Shaken to Become Unshakable My Reaction to the SCOTUS Decision “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29, ESV) Today, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. I must confess...

You Are Your Gay Neighbor
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You Are Your Gay Neighbor

When I read Romans 1-3, I see one of our greatest hopes for mission and relating in the Bible. I see many remedies for how the church interacts with the LGBT community. But let’s not be under any illusions. The church has used this very passage as fodder for all manner of unbiblical treatment. We...

I’m Obligated, and I’m Eager!
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I’m Obligated, and I’m Eager!

“I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome” (Rom. 1:14-15). I read this passage this morning, and it struck me as beautiful how Paul juxtaposes these two ideas. I’m obligated,...

Soured Plotlines
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Soured Plotlines

Four months of sub-human treatment in the enemy’s camp, and Bobby can’t believe his eyes. Hope forsook him long ago, and yet he’s now staring at his rescue in disbelief. The group of five infiltrated the camp, and they now stand ready to end his stint as a prisoner of war. An hour later, as...

Sneakers
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Sneakers

In the movie Sneakers (think 1992), a band of “criminals-gone-good” is coerced by secretive government agents into stealing a “black box.” Going to great lengths, they do indeed retrieve this box, only to discover what it actually is. This box can break any cryptography ever invented. With this device, previously incomprehensible gibberish comes to striking clarity. The...

Fantasize
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Fantasize

It came up in redemption groups recently that “behold” is a bit archaic. So, if I could swap it out with just one other word, that word would have to be “fantasize.” For many, that word is tainted to connote something sexual. But it simply means to daydream. It means to play a little movie...