Author Archives: Pete

Writing It Off

Scripture has a way of keeping things real. Just when you think you’re doing ok, you’re reminded of how grateful you are that your salvation doesn’t depend on how good you think you’re doing. The Book lets you look in … Continue reading

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Of New Garments, New Wineskins, and New Wine

Chewing on the Pharisees’ confrontation with Jesus at the end of Luke 5 this morning. They’re looking for anything to discredit this upstart Teacher who is calling people–including even tax collectors and sinners–to repentance and to follow Him (5:27-32). Jesus … Continue reading

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Working It Out While He Works It In

There is a divine dynamic revealed in Philippians 2. An apparent partnering of man’s determination and God’s direction, of human effort and holy enabling. A matter of individual pursuits and Sovereign pleasures. Chewing this morning on the implications of working … Continue reading

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Complete My Joy

You can’t read Paul’s letters and not know that he had high aspirations for the church. Seeing people saved was one thing–one great, glorious, eternity changing, heaven rejoicing thing. But Paul’s desire for those saved went beyond guaranteed fire insurance, … Continue reading

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The Fruit of Righteousness

They had begun well. Paul wanted them to finish well. Though he was confident that the “good work” begun in them was of God, and that God would complete that work (1:6), he also knew it required their cooperation. Though … Continue reading

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Love Incorruptible

The danger has always been that we see the characteristics of salvation more as qualifications for salvation. That we view facets of the gift as requirements we need to fulfill in order to realize the gift. That what was intended … Continue reading

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Widows and Lepers and Gentiles, Oh My!

Though with their lips they were saying, “Amen! Preach it brother!” Jesus knew what was going on in their hearts. Though they all spoke well of Him, Nazareth’s most famous son knew what they were all really thinking. Reading in … Continue reading

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