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The Trap and the Escape of the Christian Idolater

The Trap and the Escape of the Christian Idolater

There is a problem for the Christian who believes he can live any way he wants to live because God has saved him. Though he is free from the penalty of sin, he is not free from idolatry’s consequences. Grace does not give him the… Continue Reading …

God Is Not on Your Side: You’re on His Side, or You’re Not

God Is Not On Your Side_ You're On His Side, or You're Not

Imperfect people steward neither blessings nor trials well. As Martin Luther said, we are curved inward on ourselves, meaning that self-interest rather than God’s glory or others’ good is what generally rules us, causing us to respond poorly to virtually everything that happens to us.… Continue Reading …

How To Think about a God Who Permits Sin in Your Life

How to Think About a God Who Permits Sin In Your Life

How many ways are available from the Lord to help you grow up in Christ? Most folks would say things like the Bible, prayer, church, and close friends. They are correct. Those are four essential means of grace for maturing in Christlikeness. Here’s one more.… Continue Reading …

To Wear a Mask or Not Is Not the Most Important Question

To Wear a Mask or Not Is Not the Most Important Question

Should you wear a mask in public? Perhaps you do, and it’s a non-issue for you. Praise God. I’m sure you’re aware that many of your friends are not where you are. It never occurred to me to write on this subject, but it has… Continue Reading …

Vital Teaching for Releasing Your Children to the World

Vital Teaching for Releasing Your Children to the World

One of the essential goals of parenting is the practice of releasing your children to the culture where they will eventually live. Part of this process is for them to live less under the governance of the parent’s rules and more under God’s authority. As… Continue Reading …

Why You Should Live in the Freedom of Knowing the Future

Why You Should Live in the Freedom of Knowing the Future

In God’s mind, your life is over. He sees the end from the beginning. The Lord stands outside of time—a macro view, looking inside your timeline, which has a start and end date, and He’s helping you navigate your journey. You’re not sure where you’re… Continue Reading …

Note to Those Who Are Angry with God for the Life They Have

A note to those who are angry with God for the life they have

Everybody is a victim. We all received a raw deal. Nobody comes into the world unscathed. And after we arrive, we are hurt by others. However, it’s our choice to be angry with God about the life we have or choose His plan to flip… Continue Reading …

The Ultimate Solution to All Your Problems, a Cross Examination

The Ultimate Solution to All Your Problems, a Cross Examination

God is acting decisively at the cross to work out His purposes to bring everyone from all nations, at all times, to Himself. Apart from the cross, there is no way to understand or enjoy life the way God intends. It’s a mystery as much… Continue Reading …

When the Slave Battles His Master for Ultimate Control

When the Slave Battles His Master for Ultimate Control

Let’s talk about slavery. I’m not speaking about what happens around our world every day, or what went on in our country 150 years ago. I’m speaking to Christians who willingly came to Jesus and said, “I want to be your slave.” I’m talking about… Continue Reading …

Can God Use Me: the Non-Disqualifying Grace of God

Can God Use Me: the Non-Disqualifying Grace of God

God is not looking for a few good men or a few folks with specific character traits. It’s not your personality or your wit that God wants. That is not how it works in the “grace of God world” in which you live. Let me… Continue Reading …