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Suffering and Christian Growth

Jun 5, 2019

It goes without saying that over time Christians are meant to grow spiritually, experience progressive character development, and increasingly become more Christlike. Scripture is certainly quite clear in what it expects of believers.

God wants us to be like him,

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Gutting the Gospel

Jun 4, 2019

Those who are Christians have been entrusted with the gospel. That is just what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2:4: “we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people

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God, Grace and Grumpy Old Men

May 28, 2019

Yes, sadly there are such things as grumpy old men. I suppose I am one of them – at least many folks might think so. Not that I want to be. As a Christian I want to be known for

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Nuggets From the Book of Ezra

May 26, 2019

Having just again finished reading the book of Ezra, I was struck by how many deep theological truths and spiritual gems are found in this short book. While only 10 chapters long, it contains so many great principles and lessons

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Refusing the Prophetic Word

May 7, 2019

I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet. I am not claiming any inspiration, only perspiration. But there certainly have been God-sent prophets of course. Biblical prophets with inspired prophetic words which became part of the biblical

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What a Waste!

Apr 29, 2019

The world is full of things being wasted. A young person is cut down in the prime of life because of bad choices with drug use for example, and we speak of a wasted life. A fave sports teams may

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When Believers Turn On Their Own

Apr 19, 2019

One of the clearest teachings of Jesus has to do with our public witness: how nonbelievers will know that Christ has sent us. He said our unity and love for one another will be what convinces the world that we

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Prayer, Faith and Testing God

Mar 29, 2019

OK, these are certainly some rather large topics that I am attempting to cover in a very short article. But it follows on from a piece I penned yesterday on the absence or silence of God. In it I mentioned

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Divine Hiddenness: On God’s Silence

Mar 28, 2019

Many believers throughout the ages have experienced what appears to be the silence, absence, distance, hiddenness, or unresponsiveness of God. Prayers seem to be unanswered, God seems to be nowhere near, and we can have a sense of divine abandonment,

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Courage in the Face of Battle

Mar 19, 2019

Most of us are not on actual front lines, with machine guns in our hands, bullets flying overhead, and bombs exploding all around us. For that we can all be thankful. And we can also be thankful for those who

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