A New Heart (Psalm 73:25-26)

| Sep 20, 2015

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Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. —Psalm 73:25-26 I have a son with multiple severe disabilities. For the first years of his life, I […]

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Can God be both loving and in control? (Lam 3:31-33)

| May 10, 2015

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For the LORD will not cast off forever, 32but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men. —Lamentations 3:31-33 As I write this, the devastation and death toll from the Nepal earthquake is […]

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To Be Conformed to the Image of His Son (Rom 8:29-30)

| Feb 22, 2015

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For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. —Romans 8:29-30 Tragedy. […]

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God’s Perfect Knowledge—Psa 139:15-16

| Jun 8, 2014

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My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.—Psalm 139:15-16 We know […]

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ALL of us—created for good works! (Eph 2:8-10)

| Apr 6, 2014

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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.—Ephesians […]

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Fear Not That Which is Frightening (Isa 43:1-3)

| Jan 6, 2014

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…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I […]

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Armed with Earnest Prayer for One Another

| Jul 18, 2011

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Did you notice how many times the word “all” appears in these three verses?  Six times here and 20 additional times in the entire book of Ephesians.  It means the same thing every time: the whole amount or quantity, without exception. It is making a great statement about the sovereignty of God!  That sovereignty extends […]

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Preparing for Battle with the Gospel of Peace

| Jul 11, 2011

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Do you find it curious that while preparing for battle, we are told to “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”? What sort of readiness is that? Are not peace and battle contradictory? It is important to remember what and who we are fighting. There can be no peace with the enemy […]

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Because Jesus Is Stronger, We Can Stand

| Jun 29, 2011

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Before I embraced the sovereignty of God over all things, I lived in fear of the ‘spiritual forces of evil.’ It was easy to see evil as powerful – it surrounds us! And knowing how weak I was, spiritually and morally, taking up the ‘whole armor of God’ didn’t provide much hope that I would […]

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