Archive for the ‘Theology’ Category

Fish and Snakes and Fathers and Sons

Money is important. It’s important not only from a pragmatic perspective; it’s more important from a spiritual perspective. Trying to emphasize the discipline and faith aspect of money, we have tried for several years to instill some habits into our children regarding the money they earn and receive for birthdays and Christmas. They know when [...]

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Who is the Most Influential Person in Your Life?

Who is the most influential person in your life? You are. As Paul Tripp has said, “No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do.” Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, though we wield this influence over ourselves, we also ironically fail to realize [...]

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The Gospel Compels An Available Posture

The word posture is defined like this: “position, condition, or state, as of affairs.” In a physical sense, your posture is how you generally hold yourself. It’s not a static term, meaning that you always are sitting or standing or bending. All of us do those things a thousand times a day. Your posture, though, is [...]

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Three Pitfalls of Suffering

Concerning the subject of suffering, CS Lewis famously said, “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Countless people, including my family and I, would affirm the truth of that statement. Pain [...]

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The Gospel is Not Mere Superstition

We are more superstitious than we realize. Sure, we might not think that we have to sit in a certain chair or wear the same pair of socks for good luck, but superstition is still there. And superstitious traits can thwart the work of the gospel in our lives. We make sure and have an [...]

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of the Foundation

I can’t lift my arms today. That’s because my wife and I, along with some hard-working and very meagerly compensated volunteer friends, spent the vast majority of the last three days building a patio in our backyard. So far, some measure of our building party has visited Home Depot 5 different times, we’ve unloaded over [...]

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Praying Because We Care, and Caring Because We Pray

I am a habitual garden-killer. In the past 5 years, everything from tomatoes to cucumbers to cilantro to corn has met its demise at my hand. In almost all of these cases, the death of these herbs and vegetables did not come from violence, but instead came through neglect. I harbor no ill-will towards plants; [...]

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Beware the Idol of Self-Preservation

The natural progression of life is to move from dependence to independence. When you are a child, you are dependent on someone else for everything. First for even the bare necessities of life, and then into things like clothes, education, and wisdom. But you begin to grow, and you become more self-sufficient in these areas [...]

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The Glorious Familiarity of Home

Every day it’s the same thing. You leave the office and begin the fight with traffic to go home. At first, you’re thinking about what you left behind—a to-do list that only seemed to grow; responsibilities that will be there in the morning; boxes to be checked, meetings to be had, and calls to be [...]

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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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