Hook’d on a Feeling

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Recently someone told my wife, “I love this church I’m attending. I can really feel God’s presence through the music and atmosphere.” I know what she means. I remember sitting in a “church” in Oklahoma City feeling the same way throughout the music “worship.” I would leave “the experience” jazzed, excited, encouraged, and wanting more, ‘Wow, I really feel something.” During the week I began reading Ephesians. I learned about God’s grace; how He blesses His children; how I’m to walk in a manner worthy of the calling; and about my spiritual armor. Everyday I read Ephesians over and over again.… Continue reading

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Suffering and the Church

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Suffering will come. Just as Christ saved me by His sovereign grace, He has also called me to suffer (Phil. 1:29). Before suffering comes we need our theology in order. There are at least four convictions we need to endure trials: (1) why trials, (2) know Christ Jesus well, (3) obey His will, and (4) endure. For more details on these see here. Having these convictions will help us keep focus on Christ, trusting His sovereign will and plan, and longing for eternity with Him. Believers with a biblical perspective will affirm trials are “a momentary light affliction compared to the eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor.… Continue reading

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How to Suffer Well

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Suffering will come. This is a promise. “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Phil. 1:29). Just like God made us believe in Him, He also equally promised we would suffer for Him. Why do we have to suffer? The answer to this question is simple, “because God deemed it so.” Ask Job. God tests people. Suffering and trials reveal the real person. Suffering allows believers to better know the hope we have in us (Rom 5:1-5). Psalm 11 describes a situation where the wicked seek to destroy the righteous.… Continue reading

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