When God Says No

When God says “no” to our requests, there is always a greater “yes” that He’s advancing for us. Do you believe this to be true? We pray but then we get distracted when God answers our prayer, perhaps in a different way than we expected. Or we pray for something else, and things appear to

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Blindness

In February of 2014, I woke up one morning and couldn’t see very well. I later came to learn that I had gone 70% blind in my left eye. My world changed suddenly. For days, I couldn’t get medical attention because ophthalmologists in our region didn’t have available time to see a new patient –

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Fatherhood

As the father of five children, you might think I have some profound insights into the parenting and disciplining of children. But I’m actually on a steep learning-curve myself. Over the years, I’ve seen the failing results of some self-styled “parenting experts,” and have decided to never put myself in the humiliating position of being

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Reformation

The word “reformed” is a buzzword in Christian circles. But the term is seldom defined and it therefore has a wide range of meanings among those who use it. In general, when we speak of reformation in a biblical sense, we mean to turn away from faulty beliefs & practices… and back to the standards set

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Defending the Weak

Biblical masculinity is rapidly eroding among professing Christian men. In fact, let’s just say that masculinity in general is eroding in our society because it’s now viewed as socially aberrant. Weakness among men is now promoted as a social virtue. Being “soft” is the new ideal. During the Rio Olympics, corporate sponsors spent millions promoting transgendered

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Moralism

In many ways, graceless moralism is further removed from God’s kingdom than outright immorality. That’s because moralists often see no need for God’s grace in themselves. To the upright pagan moralist, Paul argues in Romans 2:1 that such a person who judges another is actually more guilty than those they presume to condemn. Then Paul uses a direct

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The Current State of Affairs

We all need encouragement. After all, we are surrounded by ample evidence of our fallen condition. Sometimes, just remembering the destitute moral state of humanity without Christ is sufficient to put our perspective back into proper order. Nothng does this more that Romans 1:18 and following. There’s not a more hopeless picture of our fallen

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God’s Sufficient Word

In our day, no Christian doctrine has been more assaulted in the world and in the church than the truth that God’s written Word — the Bible — is altogether sufficient. Right now, many of the worst assaults on the Bible are coming from seemingly friendly sources… people who claim to follow Jesus and also from Christian

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How to Receive God’s Word

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

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Incarnation

For Christians, Jesus Christ is the essence of Christmas. Everything else is negotiable. Traditions and trees and gifts are temporary… but Jesus Christ as God incarnate is eternal. God became a Man and entered our world. The everlasting Creator left His throne in heaven to take on human form and live in a body like one

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