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Times of Difficulty

Sometimes we can get more focused on the symptoms rather than the sickness. Distracted by what presents almost to the exclusion of what produces. Failing to connect the dots between things which are indicators and the root cause of what … Continue reading

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Different Gospels and Deserting Christians

Blown away. That’s what was Paul was. Astonished (ESV). Amazed (CSB). Couldn’t believe it (MSG). Shocked (NLT). But also kind of ticked. No, not just kind of, but really ticked! Reading to call down curses on people. Declaring they should … Continue reading

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Considering a Conversation with the Felixes

For two years Felix often sent for Paul to talk with him. Not because he was seeking the truth, but because he was hoping for a bribe (Acts 24:26-27). And I imagine the repeated conversations weren’t a lot unlike that … Continue reading

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Good News. Good Works.

Paul left Titus in Crete so that Titus “might put what remained into order” (Tit. 1:5a). Paul had proclaimed the gospel in town after town. And in every place where people believed, the lost sheep who were found came together … Continue reading

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Work In Progress

You read the opening verses of 1Corinthians and, if you’ve read the letter before and you’re at all familiar with this rag tag, dysfunctional group of believers (check out 5:1-6 and 11:17-22), you can’t help but ask yourself, “Is Paul … Continue reading

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A Righteousness Revealed

Reading in Romans this morning and thinking about power. Not just any power, but the power of God. In particular, I’m chewing on the power of God for salvation. Own it or not, we’re all in need of salvation. Whether … Continue reading

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The Spirit Who Remains in Our Midst

It’s not a hard ask if the answers are good. Digging deep works fine if you’re pretty sure you’re gonna uncover gold. But going introspective can be risky if you’re not sure you’re gonna like what you find. Or, worse … Continue reading

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Much Closer Attention

When you see a “therefore” in Scripture it’s good to pause to take note of what the therefore is there for. Such practical counsel on reading the Bible was put on my radar years and years ago, and continues to … Continue reading

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Whoever is Simple, Turn in Here!

The one lady has, at great cost to herself, built a magnificent house, seven hewn pillars drawing the eye of those who pass by to its majesty. The other lady sits in front of a ramshackle dump. It’s in obvious … Continue reading

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Precious Thoughts

It really is about me . . . sort of. If the songwriter’s song was intended to become the reader’s song, and I think it was, then it’s about me. Twenty-two of the twenty-four verses have the word “I”, or … Continue reading

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