Wasting the Golden Ager

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A little over a month ago we moved into our new home. It’s an older home with a lot of character and many initial renovation projects needing done. None of them were necessary because of age problems, but essential for customizing our home how we want: painting, tile, ceiling texture, GFI’s, and more painting. After laying most of the tile in our main room, we decided to stay in a hotel for 24 hours to let the floor dry.

If you live in Vegas, and you want a cheap room, your hotel accommodations will probably be at a casino too. However, if you live in Vegas, you don’t like the Strip so you go to a local casino.… Continue reading

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Peace-Loving Believers in an Age of Violence, Part 3 (Final)

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Three fairly significant biblical examples appear to support a believer’s participation in the military:[1]

  • Jesus’s approval of a king who waged war against wicked people (Matthew 21:33–41).
  • In Luke 3:14 John did not command them to resign from military service, but to be content in that position with its wages. Their behavior was to be just and honest — even while remaining soldiers.
  • In John 18:36 Jesus stated that it would have been proper for His disciples to defend His kingdom with swords if it had been an earthly kingdom.

In addition, New Testament writers employ a variety of military metaphors to describe the character of the believer:[2] the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10–20), being a “good soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3–4), and waging spiritual warfare (2 Corinthians 10:1–6).… Continue reading

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Elephant & Godly Maturity

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“How do you eat an elephant?” It’s a strange question, especially when talking about maturity. But it is a vital question when addressing the topic. How? Keep reading to find out. 😊

I am a pastor of teenagers. For many this means that I am not a real “pastor” (see Babylon Bee), but I don’t listen to them. I have been given the role to shepherd the hearts of these young adults, and that makes me a real pastor.

Now, being a pastor for youth, I have learned much about their state of mind. The #1 thing I believe they want more than anything else they pursue is to be treated as older than they are.… Continue reading

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Fear, Anxiety & Faith

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This post is a distillation of a seminar session I taught at most recent Grace Advance Mid-Atlantic equipping conference. It is always good to be reminded of how faith trumps fear and anxiety. But given the events of this past weekend in Texas, as we head to worship this Sunday, this is a timely reminder for everyone, myself included.  Faith is the antidote to fear and anxiety

All people – believers as well as unbelievers – experience anxiety, frustration, heartache, and disappointment.  Some suffer intense physical pain and catastrophic tragedies.  But that which should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful and all-loving God; our suffering has meaning and purpose in God’s eternal plan and He brings or allows to come into our lives only that which is for His glory and our good.Continue reading

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The Benefits of Consecutive Exposition

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Last time I posted, I made the case for preaching the next lines, not the headlines. Os Guinness wrote, “He who marries the spirit of the age soon becomes a widower.” Tracking cultural trends from the pulpit is ultimately an exhausting carousel. I’d like to make an argument for sequential exposition as the regular diet for your church. If you read my last offering on PS23, sorry for the redundancy, but for clarity let me say it again, I’m not making a case for never preaching a topic or theme. But on balance, I believe sequential exposition is the best practice.*

22 Benefits of Sequential Exposition

  1. You proclaim the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).
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