Blow the Shophar! It’s a New Year!

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screenshot-2016-12-27-11-29-09Are you thinking about making any New Year’s resolutions? You know what folk wisdom says about that: “New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the other.” We all know that most of the leaves we turn over in January have already started to fall by the end of the month. Therefore, let’s turn to the Word of God for instruction. Let’s see what Scripture declares about the concept of New Year. Does God’s written revelation provide any basis for Christians to celebrate the arrival of a New Year? According to Leviticus 23:23–25 and Numbers 29:1–6, the Lord commanded Israel to observe the Feast of Trumpets—also known as the New Year.… Continue reading

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It’s Official, We Counsel Divorce

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UnknownIt’s official. Today affirms what we have already thought and prepared ourselves for, to be godly and honor Him, we have to counsel divorce.

I have prepared myself for this moment for some time, warned the church, and now write it out. We have to counsel divorce when addressing a repentant homosexual. Now, let’s be clear. When our friend got “married,” he did not really get married in God’s eyes. For God defines marriage between man and woman, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Matt.… Continue reading

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Getting Back Up: Restoration and Repentance (Reprise)

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Picture 1It is never easy or fun to deal with personal sin. Being honest about one’s true condition at heart is scary, because the depth and pervasiveness of sin runs so deep. Instead of turning to God and His remedy, we are prone to seek solutions via superficial means.

We often view stimulants as the jolt to shake us out of our spiritual doldrums. Some look for a new hobby. Stamps used to be the annoying thing they licked and stuck on an envelope. Now they are the most valuable resource on the planet, and they can’t spend enough time tracing them down.… Continue reading

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Getting Back Up: Staying up

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Picture 1Over the past few posts, we have been examining some fundamental, biblical truths about the restoring work of Christ. Last post, we considered the importance of delighting in Scripture and its relationship to spiritual transformation.

Today I want to focus on three more fundamental truths/commands that believers must follow if they desire to live consistently in the joy of the Lord and in fellowship with Him.

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Volumes of books could be written on this topic, so I will just make one suggestion that I have found to be quite helpful. Believers should combine Scripture reading and prayer, not keep them separate.… Continue reading

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