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Don’t Fall Into Sin When You’re Bringing a Brother Out of It

Contrary to the popular saying, we are, according to the Bible, our brothers’ keepers. Growing in Christ, while having some dependence on the individual, is also pictured in Scripture as a collective effort. We are to grow together. Walk together. Live together. In fact, many of the commands issued in the New Testament can’t possibly [...]

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A Tale of Two Gentiles

There was once a Gentile woman… Uneducated… Poor… Immoral… Unconventional… Outcast… and without hope: “By faith, Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed…” (Hebrews 11:31). And there once a Gentile man… Educated… Wealthy… Upstanding… God-fearing… Respected… and without hope: “Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people [...]

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Every Open Door Isn’t Meant to Be Walked Through

Imagine that you are visiting a friend who lives in apartment complex. You Mapquest your way to the complex, but your friend didn’t give you the specific number of his apartment, so you start walking up and down the hallways where every door looks the same. You’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for – [...]

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Are You With God?

This week is my birthday, and like most years, I find myself approaching this year with no small amount of reflection. I think about not only the single year behind me, but the particular stage of life I happen to find myself with our family in right now. Here is one of the things that’s [...]

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Why was Judas Carrying the Money Bag?

A good question, thoughtfully answered here by Jon Bloom: Jesus could have given the moneybag to Nathaniel, “an Israelite indeed, in whom there [was] no deceit” (John 1:47), or to John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 21:20), or to Levi, who had extensive financial experience (Luke 5:27). But he didn’t. Jesus chose Judas to [...]

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When Forgiveness Becomes a Discipline

Peter was looking for an “attaboy.” Jesus had just finished giving His teaching on the process of confrontation when a brother sins against you. Peter, hearing Jesus’ emphasis on honest and direct communication with the aim of restoration, came back with a very generous offer, at least in his mind: “Lord, how many times could [...]

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When We Sabbath, We Celebrate

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” That’s how it all begins. And when I say “all” I mean all. This is the source of all things. It was an event that is absolutely unrepeatable. Unreproducable. Unobservable – because God was the only one there. Out of nothing, God made “everything.” God [...]

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What My Wife Taught Me About Stewardship

Last week, the Kelley family moved. It was a short move, only across town, but it was a move nonetheless. And while I’m excited about the new adventure and new home we have in front of us, I was reminded just how terrible moving is. I’m not talking about the nostalgic kind of terrible where [...]

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The Command to “Remember”

Memorial Day is about remembering. Formerly known as Decoration Day, the unofficial holiday  originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in military service. One the one hand, [...]

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Grieving Like No One Else

Have you ever been 8:28-ed? That’s what my wife and I started calling it when our son had cancer. It’s that occasion when some well meaning Christian, confronted with real pain and real distress, can’t think of what to say in response, so they just go straight to Romans 8:28. Getting 8:28-ed can sound all [...]

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