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Divine Judicial Blindness

Oct 19, 2020

Scripture speaks about those who ‘would not’ and ‘could not’ believe:

My title may be a bit much for some folks to get their head around, so let me break it down a bit. It is about the biblical truth

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The Scandal of the Cross

Oct 14, 2020

Just what is the scandal of the cross, and why is it so offensive?

The cross of Christ is scandalous. The Apostle Paul made that clear in 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 where we read: “For Jews demand signs and Greeks

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On Getting What We Deserve

Oct 13, 2020

We should not want what we deserve – what we want and need is grace:

For some reason the word “merit” popped into my mind early this morning, so I reflected on it briefly, before moving on to other matters.

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Miracles and the Messianic Secret

Oct 6, 2020

Why did Jesus often tell those he healed to remain silent?

It is interesting that on a number of occasions after Jesus performed a mighty deed, he commanded those who benefited to not tell anyone. This is especially the case

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Difficult Bible Passages: Luke 9:45

Oct 6, 2020

Does God hide certain divine truths at times?

This passage has to do with the bigger and always rather difficult matter of how divine sovereignty can coexist with human responsibility. The verse speaks about how the disciples were left in

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Yes, Jesus Got Angry

Sep 29, 2020

Anger is part of the biblical presentation of Jesus:

Was Jesus ever angry? If so, what angered him? Those questions will be answered differently, depending on where a person is at. Some of those who are part of the trendy

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Two Views of the State

Sep 13, 2020

We need a realistic and holistic view of civil government:

Christians are always to run with the total biblical message, and to proclaim the full counsel of God. They are not to pick and choose those bits of the Bible

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Yes We Should Hate Evil

Sep 12, 2020

Real love always discriminates between right and wrong, good and evil:

Plenty of Christians love to talk about love – and rightly so. It is a major attribute of God and is a major fruit of the Spirit, to be

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For God’s Own Glory

Sep 4, 2020

Thoughts on the glory of God:

If we had to pick a major theme of biblical theology, it would be the glory of God. While we have all heard the Westminster Shorter Catechism on this so many times, it is

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The End of History

Sep 1, 2020

Be comforted; human history is something God is in control of:

History is going somewhere. For the Christian, we believe God is not aloof or out of touch with the affairs of men but is actively involved in them. And

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Arrogant Leaders Will Be Dealt With

Aug 30, 2020

All proud and evil rulers will soon enough have to give an account:

In a recent article I looked at Daniel chapter 4, and the story of the most powerful ruler of the day, Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Because of his

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Hope in Times of Darkness

Aug 21, 2020

The darker the times, the more we need hope – but hope in a faithful God:

The author of the book of Hebrews tells us that “hope is the anchor of the soul” (Heb. 6:19). We all need hope, especially

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Dopey Posters and Memes, Again

Aug 16, 2020

Some of the nonsense Christians post online is utterly dreadful – and unbiblical!

All believers will one day give an account of how they spent their lives for Christ. There will be many things looked at, but I suspect one

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The Tender Heart of God

Aug 15, 2020

The tender heart of God for his people is wonderful news:

In 1983 an American movie directed by Australian Bruce Beresford was released called Tender Mercies. I am not sure if I have actually seen the whole

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Final Judgment Is Good News

Aug 14, 2020

Knowing that a divine reckoning is coming should encourage all believers:

Anyone who loves God and his holiness and righteousness is heartbroken, grieved, and shattered by the evil, wickedness, sin and rebellion they see all around them. They long for

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Yes, Seek Justice and Vindication

Aug 4, 2020

Christians should pray the imprecatory psalms:

While divine justice will fully and finally be meted out in the next life, Christians can and should seek to see justice carried out in the here and now. Indeed, that is what I

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C. S. Lewis on Miracles

Jul 28, 2020

Some gems from the classic Lewis volume, Miracles:

The first time I bought a copy of the 1947 classic work Miracles by C. S. Lewis was way back in 1975. Some 45 years later I bought my newest copy of

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