Hope, Hopelessness & Compassion for the Lost

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One of my go to Psalms on Monday mornings when I am often tired, and grouchy, and down and utterly emotionally spent after a day of ministry is Psalm 103.  When I am completely wrung out it pours into me. And when things are darker and tougher that a typical Monday morning I go often go to Psalm 103, when I am at my lowest it ministers to my soul. And the thrust of the psalm is found in verse 2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” The psalm goes on to enumerate many of the benefits of a saving relationship with the Lord through faith in Christ, and to extol the character of God.Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution for Everyone

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Happy New Year, dear reader! Have you made any resolutions for 2018? Set any goals? Established any plans for what you want to accomplish by the end of the year? In this brief post I’d like to encourage you to make at least one specific goal for this year and to move it to the top of your list.  That goal is to grow in Christ-shaped, Gospel-rooted love for other people. Along with all the books you have resolved to read, and all the weight you have purposed to lose, and all the money you hope to make (or give, or save), and all the other goals you have set for the year, make it your aim to grow in Christian love.… Continue reading

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Reprise: You Don’t Need A Bible Reading Plan; Try A Philosophy

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open bibleAs the new year gets underway, we find ourselves squarely in resolution season. Of course in about three weeks we will be in the heart of resolution breaking season followed in late February by resolution forgetting season. And for Christians one of the most commonly made and then abandoned resolutions is to read through the Bible in the coming year, and this is usually done using a reading plan. If you are the type that likes and responds to regimen and can keep it from becoming a simple task to be completed and continue to approach the Word of God with a worshipful heart, more power to you.… Continue reading

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Christmas Humility

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“Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:5)

Merry Christmas, dear reader!  It’s that time of year again, when Christians across the globe take time to celebrate the day the Savior of the World, the Son of God himself, was born into this fallen world to take away the sins of his people through his sacrificial death on the Cross.  It is my assumption that you, if you are reading this blog, are likely among them.  If that is true, I’d like to ask you a question.

Is your remembrance and celebration of the incarnation of the Son of God, making you a more humble person? Continue reading

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Put The X Back In Xmas!

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Over the past several years a new article of faith has seemed to pass into the pail of orthodoxy in certain corners of the evangelical world, that there is a “war” on Christmas. Some people seem positively determined to interpret every bit of available data as evidence that there is a vast conspiracy whose goal is to stamp out Christmas, and to especially stamp out any Christian association with Christmas. Quite frankly, I’m not buying it, and I’m annoyed, saddened and offended by much of it.  I am saddened that some Christians so quickly disregard the command to live peaceably with all people (as much as it is up to them) and take offence at cashiers following their employer’s instruction and saying “happy holidays” to their customers and angrily replying “merry Christmas” (see Rom 12:14-21).Continue reading

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