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By Faith, By Effort

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9 ESV) You read those words and it has a way of settling the soul. There’s rest and then there’s Sabbath rest. Rest where you pause from … Continue reading

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Faith and Righteousness

There’s a whole lot of counting going on in Romans 4, if you’re reading the ESV. A whole lot of crediting, if it’s the NIV open in front of you. Reckoning and imputing, if you have an affinity for old … Continue reading

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Rightness vs. Righteousness

As I hover over Romans 1:16-17 this morning the words of Jesus come to mind: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one … Continue reading

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A Door of Faith

I grew up in a non-religious home. If we ever went to church it was to marry or bury. My theology was founded on a god after my own making with the understanding that if He’d leave me alone, I’d … Continue reading

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Paradise

It would have been cruel if not true. The worst thing that could have been spoken if, in fact, it wasn’t the best. Only adding to the suffering, if it had no substance. And he said, “Jesus, remember me when … Continue reading

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A Door of Faith

Gospel momentum was increasing. Paul’s Damascus Road encounter was a game changer. No longer could Christ proclaimers be written off as just uneducated, blue-collar men. Take the Holy Spirit power that was so powerfully upon those “mere fishermen” of Galilee … Continue reading

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Eating is Believing

The crowd came looking for a meal. Jesus wanted to give them more. They longed to partake again of everything they had eaten the previous day. Jesus invited them to participate in a feast that would secure all their tomorrows. … Continue reading

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The Hour is Now Here

They persecuted Him because He was healing on the Sabbath (John 5:16). But they were seeking all the more to kill Him because He was making Himself equal with God (5:18). And, let there be no doubt, that He did. … Continue reading

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Justified By Works

Context is everything. And that there are two sides to the salvation coin needs to be grappled with. Such is the paradox created by one three-word phrase in what Luther referred to as “a right strawy epistle.” By “strawy” Luther … Continue reading

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A Vessel of Mercy

This morning I’m chewing on the sovereignty of God. That God’s will is accomplished not because we comply, necessarily, but simply because it’s His will. That what He determines is done. What He promises He performs. Kind of a mind … Continue reading

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