Archive for the ‘Theology’ Category

Two Traits of God-Honoring Gratitude

Sometimes as a parent, I think, your job is to teach your children the habits and traits that will serve them well in the world. Take, for example, how to handle money. We have tried from an early age to help our kids know how to divide the money they have into a plan, giving [...]

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Jesus Doesn’t Need Our Protection

“The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever” (Isaiah 32:17). She didn’t mean to be incendiary. She was just asking a question. My daughter not long ago during a family discussion about the Bible asked us, “How do we know these stories are actually true?” The question [...]

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Why You Need a Day on the Calendar for Easter

We, as Christians, are people of the cross. The cross of Jesus Christ shows us what love is. Not our circumstances, not the state of our world, not our perceived blessings – it is the cross by which the love, forgiveness, and mercy of God is proven. It is the cross by which the justice, [...]

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You Are Not Your Trials

NaCl. That’s the chemical formula for one of the most common ionic compounds to our everyday life – that of table salt. It’s a 1:1 ratio, meaning it is in equal parts sodium and chloride. When those two elements come together and form a compound, you get salt. Both are an essential part of making [...]

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The Courageous Choice to Stay

Courage is a spiritual thing. That’s because courage and faith are linked for the Christian. It takes no courage to make the choice where an outcome is clearly seen and the outcome is favorable. If you have the choice to go down Path A and Path B, and Path A looks like it was transported [...]

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The Maturing of Self-Awareness is Self-Forgetfulness

John Calvin wrote in the beginning of The Institutes of the Christian Religion these words in regard to knowledge of God and knowledge of self: “Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as [...]

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God Not Only WILL Do; He Is Doing

What we say really does matter. We shouldn’t be surprised; it was Jesus who said beginning in Matthew 12:33, speaking to the Pharisees: “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you [...]

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Two Reflections About Cynicism

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. I’ve sung that song for years. In fact, I’ve sung it so much that at one point in my life I grew cynical to the simplicity of the call. Music should challenge the intellect and not just [...]

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3 Surprising Ways to Boast in the Lord

What does it mean to boast? Even if you can’t quote the definition, you know it when you see it, just like our kids do. There is a certain way you tweak your voice, a certain way you hold your head, and ultimately a certain way you view yourself that is boasting. Through all those [...]

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Security in Christ is the Only Path to Truly Loving Others

So many different things masquerade as love in our culture. Sex, loneliness, convenience, co-dependency – they can all wear the mask and pass for love in our culture. They’re not, obviously, but why are they not? What is at the core that separates all these things from love in its true and pure form? Maybe [...]

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