He Wants You Happy

| Feb 11, 2013

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Psalm 37:3–4, Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. This is almost too good to be true. God wants us to be happy. He tells us to delight. He enjoys that we enjoy. […]

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How to Know Nothing, Except the Good News

| Dec 17, 2012

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1 Corinthians 2:1–2, And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Jesus Christ and him crucified. Paul says he decided to know nothing but this when […]

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Youth and the Glory of Christ

| Dec 10, 2012

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1 Timothy 4:12, Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. When it comes to youth, we sinners are prone to royally mess things up. Some of us unduly celebrate youth, while others among us unduly despise it. For […]

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How Jesus Really Helps Us Do “All Things”

| Jun 4, 2012

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Philippians 4:11–13, …I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who gives me strength. […]

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Not Ashamed to Preach the Gospel—To Christians!

| Aug 8, 2011

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What would it have been like to be a Christian living in Rome almost two thousand years ago when the book called “Romans” arrived from Paul? As news spread in the community that a long letter had come from the apostle, think how it might have sent your mind racing. What amazing teachings will he […]

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Jesus: Man, Mediator, Magnificent

| Jun 13, 2011

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There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus It should be breathtaking to us that our God is not only ours but everybody’s—everybody in the whole world. There is no other God. Just one. He made everything, everyone, is in control of every moment, and everyone […]

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Sunsetting Our Anger

| May 16, 2011

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Our anger is dangerous. And the clock is ticking. True, there is righteous anger that is rightfully riled at the God-belittling sin we see around—and in us. Sometimes Jesus exuded compassion over the hardness of heart he encountered, but other times he expressed righteous anger, especially toward two-faced leaders. The Bible frequently characterizes God as […]

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God’s Full Favor in Jesus Now

| Feb 21, 2011

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Imagine yourself in a courtroom, but no ordinary one. It’s like a courtroom-stadium—countless millions are watching. You’re the defendant, and God is the judge. And you’re not on trial just for one act, but your whole life. When the judge asks for your plea, as to whether you have lived perfectly to his glory in […]

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Accepted—And Learning to Live Acceptably

| Jan 31, 2011

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Christians are people who have been accepted and are learning to live acceptably. Throughout the first 11 chapters of Romans, Paul calls this “acceptance” justification. We have been accepted fully by God, through faith alone, not through anything we’ve done to earn it, and because of Jesus—and what he did to win God’s full acceptance […]

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For Our Good (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)

| Jan 10, 2011

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For our good. It is no small thing that the obedience God commands from his people is for our good. It’s not for some bizarre divine entertainment, to see how silly he can make us look. It’s not that he derives pleasure from making us suffer. It’s not that he’s getting back at us for […]

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