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But Now! | Romans 3:21

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But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it… (Romans 3:21) BUT NOW are wonderfully explosive words. They mark a turning point. Bad news turning good. Ice melting to water. But now is a new way God is giving His righteousness. […]

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Quicksand | Romans 3:20

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For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. – Romans 3:20 {Romans 3:21-26 is the heart of the gospel. This week let’s work through this passage.} In the first three chapters of Romans, Paul shows that everyone on the planet […]

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Is the Bible really God’s Word?

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In this Podcast episode Katie and I talk about the nature of the Bible and ways to engage and love it more. I’ve added these notes from seminary classes and other resources to serve as an companion to the podcast. I recommend listening to the podcast first. What is the Bible? God’s revelation of Himself […]

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Cousin Eddie… and the Cross.

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Holidays are awkward. Like Cousin Eddie—in his bathrobe—dumping RV sewage in Clark Griswold’s driveway. Cousin Eddie is an iconic Christmas figure because Christmas time reminds us we are part of a family with at least one or two “Cousin Eddie’s.” Family is beautiful—but it’s also crazy. Matthew begins his gospel with a genealogy to show […]

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Don’t Fumble the Faith

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And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.  Judges 2:10 In Judges chapter two, a generation dies, and the next generation walks away from the Lord. The dead generation were the […]

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Jesus sat so you can stand.

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The Levitical priests did important work. They made atonement for people—and themselves—through blood sacrifices. Since holiness and sin cannot mingle, only blood can bridge God and man. Blood sacrifices were made daily, over and over by priests who never sat down because their work never ended. The writer of Hebrews exalts Jesus as our great […]

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6 Ways to Lead through Opposition.

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Leadership is hard enough without people trying to kill you! With enemies on his heels, Nehemiah leads his people to build a wall around Jerusalem–one hand on their work and the other on their swords. Here are six principles we can learn from Nehemiah as we too lead through opposition. Click to watch the 3-minute […]

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Memorize Titus 3:4-7 (Day 5)

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You did it! You memorized a really great passage of scripture. Now read the whole passage five times and say it five times without looking. Then review the passage once and week for a few months and you will have it for life! Titus 3:4-7 – But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our […]

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Memorize Titus 3:4-7 (Day 4)

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Review: Read five times and repeat five times. Titus 3:4-6 – But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our […]

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Memorize Titus 3:4-7 (Day 3)

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Review: Read verses 4-5 five times, then repeat them five times. Titus 3:4-5 – But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit… Learn: Read Titus 3:6 five times, then […]