How God Demonstrates Who He Is Through His Children (Gal 5:22-23)

| May 6, 2017

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. —Galatians 5:22-23 Prepositional phrases are important. When Paul says that “the fruit of the Spirit is…” we ought to stop for a moment and consider the point behind his carefully-worded sentence. It […]

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When Opinions Become Facts: Welcoming the Weaker Brother in Love (Rom 15:1-2)

| Jan 22, 2017

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We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. —Romans 15:1-2 Let’s jump in and ask some questions of this text in order to understand what Paul is saying. It […]

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Our Strong and Perfect Plea: Why God, the Just, Was Satisfied (1 Jn 1:8-9)

| Dec 4, 2016

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If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:8-9 One of my favorite lines in the song ‘Before the Throne of God […]

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Life in Christ (Col 3:1-3)

| May 9, 2016

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If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. —Colossians 3:1-3 In […]

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How To Count It All Joy (James 1:2-3)

| Apr 3, 2016

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Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. —James 1:2-3 My first thought upon reading these verses is that steadfastness had better be worth it. Be joyful in the midst of your pain, because it will give way to […]

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The Right to Become God’s Children (Jn 1:12-13 )

| Jan 17, 2016

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But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. —John 1:12-13 These verses are about our identity as believers in Jesus. […]

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Imperishable Hope (1 Cor 15:51-52)

| Dec 6, 2015

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Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. —1 Corinthians 15:51-52 There are many reasons that […]

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Why We Must Abide in Jesus’ Word (John 8:31-32)

| Aug 30, 2015

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…”If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”—John 8:31-32 John 8:31-32 has such a wise, practical word for us from Jesus. Before we get there, though, we need to ask probably the most pressing question that is raised by […]

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And If Our God is For Us (Romans 8:31-32)

| Mar 1, 2015

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What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? —Romans 8:31-32 Romans 8 is like one big symphony crescendo. […]

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Jesus Wants Your Heart (Matt 9:13)

| Jan 11, 2015

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“Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”—Matthew 9:13 Matthew chapter 9 verse 13 comes toward the end of an exchange Jesus and his disciples had with the Pharisees. They were having dinner with a bunch of “outcasts,” by the Pharisees’ […]

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The Gospel as a Story (Romans 5:8)

| Apr 14, 2014

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…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.—Romans 5:8 The central idea of Romans 5:8 is contained in its last four words: “Christ died for us.” This is the most amazing phrase in the Bible. Shockingly, though, we often get more excited when the Minnesota […]

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