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Inward or Upward?

"The desire for man to feel right in the world. This is the goal that so many are working toward, and why so many are discarding the relationships and careers and obligations that they see as holding them back, as they press on, trying to become the best version of themselves that they can be,… Continue reading Inward or Upward?

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On Not Being So Fragile

In my pastoral disappointments and discouragements, I have found great power for perseverance by keeping before me the life of a person who surmounted great obstacles in obedience to God’s call by the power of God’s grace.I have needed this inspiration from another century, because I know that I am, in great measure, a child… Continue reading On Not Being So Fragile

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Offended! Men, Women, and Hating on the Truth

"In every moral question we are bound to be on Christ's side. In every religious question we are not on the side of predominant thought, nor on the side of fashionable views... but on the side of Christ." Charles Spurgeon As we all sit and consume our daily dose of media, opinions and outrage, I… Continue reading Offended! Men, Women, and Hating on the Truth

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The Truth You Know

Those who fall into a pattern of hearing the truth without obeying the truth are in a dangerous position. The more light we have, the more accountable we are for how we live. To whom much is given, much will be required.John Piper So I see a few people announcing that they are joining in… Continue reading The Truth You Know

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The Heat Is On

There comes a time in every believers faith journey when the rubber has to meet the road. Eventually, we are going to have to walk our talk. I'll be the first to say that I don't think piling on personal hot-takes when others struggle is very helpful. As the cultural temperature gets turned up, too… Continue reading The Heat Is On

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Replace Purity Culture, But Don’t Replace Jesus

If you came of age in the late 1990's or were anywhere near an evangelical circle, then 21 year-old Joshua Harris' book I Kissed Dating Goodbye probably made it's way onto your bookshelf. The so-called 'purity movement' was born, and with it came some pretty high expectations and both good and bad theology. I distinctly… Continue reading Replace Purity Culture, But Don’t Replace Jesus

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Wrestling

🌟Did you know that you are not obligated (by kindness or Christian charity or compassion) to “wrestle” with passages of Scripture just because you know people who don’t want to obey them? Or even because you don’t want to obey them?! It’s true! Seeking to understand God’s Word is a good thing! Seeking to get… Continue reading Wrestling

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Influencers

"There will not come a day when you will have "arrived" and become perfect in your flesh. Only Jesus is perfect. There race for perfection is a never-ending pursuit, but the race toward Jesus is a never-ending joy. Gretchen Saffles, Redefined I saw a little story about this Belgian couple named Camille and Jean who… Continue reading Influencers

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Sober-Minded Hypocrites

The guest speaker at our church yesterday gave a moving sermon on the topic of hypocrisy amongst Christians and the whole "I don't go to church because the church is full of hypocrites" argument made by many in our culture. I'm not sure where we came up with the idea that church is or should… Continue reading Sober-Minded Hypocrites

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Tragedy And Daily Bread

It has been a heckuva week at sea, as they say. I sit here wrapped up in blankets watching the snow fall out my window, wondering where spring has run off to, and staring at a little verse highlighted in my Bible: "For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them;… Continue reading Tragedy And Daily Bread