Archive for the ‘Theology’ Category

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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Life is About Big Choices Actualized in Little Choices

Life is about making decisions. Most of the decisions we make we don’t really pay attention to; we choose what radio station to listen to, what to eat for dinner, or what movie to go see. We don’t spend hours agonizing over decisions like that; the choice presents itself and we make it and most [...]

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Three Reasons Why Singing is Essential in the Life of the Disciple

There are certain habits that are synonymous with spiritual growth. We call these things spiritual disciplines, and they’re things like reading the Bible, praying, fasting, and others. But one habit that doesn’t make the list very often is singing. That’s a bit surprising given how many times in Scripture we aren’t just asked to sing, [...]

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All Roads Do Lead to God… Eventually

Kevin DeYoung writes: All paths lead to God, but only one path will present you before God without fault and with great joy. Pick a path, any path–it will take you to God. Trust me: you will stand before Him one day. You will meet your Maker. You will see the face of Christ. There [...]

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