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A Review of God’s Mercies

The great light of God’s mercies are most clearly seen against the dark backdrop of suffering and affliction. This past year was a season of great trial and spiritual growth for our church. It was a year of both heights and depths. Our church family not only studied the entire book of Romans (one of the heights) while

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Feeding on God’s Word

In the first installment of this blog series on our spiritual appetites we considered what the Apostle Peter is saying in 1 Peter 2:1-3 that when we feed the appetite for the flesh, we destroy our appetite for the things of God. That covers verse 1. Then in verses 2-3, we learn that when we

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A Timely Caution

In the previous blog, we began considering Peter’s warning to believers about our appetites for true spiritual nourishment – namely the pure milk of the Word. There are many new behaviors to embrace that we may grow into Christian maturity. But before we can add virtuous habits, we must first remove various sinful vices. The

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Appetite

Have you ever gone out to eat at a restaurant and arrived so hungry that you began filling your stomach with the toasted bread they put on the table as an appetizer? When that warm basket of fresh bread is sitting there on the table and your stomach is empty, it takes real discipline to

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Suffering

This past month has found many among our members in sickness, brokenness, and with extended hospital stays. The physical needs in our small church have been especially great in these current days. Every week, various forms of affliction and suffering make it onto our weekly prayer list and we are all eager to have our

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A Radical Fight Against Sin

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”  Mark 9:42, ESV In Mark 9:42 what our Lord is calling for is an extreme form of purity in our

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Error Calling

Recently I met a fellow Christian dad at a Chick-fil-A  restaurant where our children were playing together in the enclosed area for toddlers. After some small talk, he told me that he had been reading the devotional book, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids to his little girls in the mornings. Sounds harmless enough on

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Heaven is for Real

   The New York Times bestseller, “Heaven is for Real” is now a popular movie. And many Christians are no doubt thrilled to see this movie in theaters. But I’m not one of them… and I don’t recommend this movie to anyone who wants an accurate understanding of what heaven is really like. They won’t find

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Blinding Grace

“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.” [Luke 11:34, ESV]   I’ve been thinking a lot about eyesight and the contrast between light and darkness these days. Back in mid-February, I

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Biblical Fellowship

My family and I recently attended a powerful conference at a church in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. The central theme for this conference on essentials of the Christian life was fellowship.  At first, it sounds odd to think of fellowship as an “essential” of the Christian life. Had they already run through all of

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