Books

Notes on Spiritual Gifts, by Tom Schreiner

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Here are some notes and highlights from my reading of Spiritual Gifts, by Tom Schreiner. In Spiritual Gifts, Schreiner explains his “nuanced cessationism” view of Spiritual gifts.  He argues from Ephesians 2:20, the church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and since that foundation is laid these gifts no longer remain–they […]

Theology

Your WORK matters.

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How does the gospel inform your work week? In this two-part sermon series you will see you were created to work, and doing good work is one way to practically love God and love your neighbor. So be encouraged, your work really does matter to God. Part 1 Part 2

The Bible

The Lamb Who Stayed.

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In Isaiah 53 there are two sheep. The first sheep is you and I, and this is what we did: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6) We are sheep who go astray. We know what is right yet […]

Theology

Is God your REFUGE and TREASURE?

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I wanted to share a verse I have been chewing on for the last week or so. Here it is. “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1-2 In this verse David is asking God to […]

Parenting

What Evie Kate Taught Me at 4:45 am.

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This morning I had Evie Kate duty at 4:45 am. I first tried laying her on my chest so she would go back to sleep (and me too), but after a few minutes she was ready to conquer the world, so we both got up. Now for the last hour, she has been playing, and […]

The Bible

The Power of Forgiveness.

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God Forgives.  Have mercy on me, O God,     according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy     blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)  Forgiveness cleanses. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,     and cleanse me from my sin! (Psalm 51:2)  Forgiveness comes through confession. For I know my transgressions,     and my sin is ever before […]

Theology

5 Tips for Smashing Your Idols.

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Perhaps during Sunday’s sermon God made you aware of some idols in your life. If so, here are a five suggestions for smashing them. Fight lies with truth. At the bottom of every idol is a lie. Idols promise you things they can’t really deliver, and they always cost you more than you really want […]

The Bible

Drive, Bike, and Walk Through Scripture.

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This week on vacation I have done three things almost everyday. Drive. Bike. Walk.  All three are methods of transportation, but all three are quite different in form and results.  You drive because you want to get somewhere. It’s about the destination.  You bike because you want to see the sights and get some exercise […]

Theology

A Message Even Prison Can’t Shut Up

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I still remember that gut-wrenching feeling As I looked down the manhole in the floor beneath me. I was on a study expedition to Rome with Southern Seminary, and our group was visiting Mamertine Prison, the place where the Apostle Paul more than likely spent his last days before being executed. The hole lead straight […]