Category: Scripture

Resolved: 4. The Word That Changed Everything

The Word that Changed Everything

This post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’m writing/preaching to myself.

If you’d like a little more information, please visit this introduction to the Resolved series.

Resolution #4

Resolved, to consistently study God’s Word; never losing focus on His grand story of redemption; to do this for His glory and for my joy.

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Resolved: 3. Doubts About God's Love

Doubts about God's LoveThis post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’m writing/preaching to myself.

If you’d like a little more information, please visit this introduction to the Resolved series.

Resolution #3

Resolved, to be mindful of all things spiritual, emotional, or relational that would cause me to doubt the love of God and to battle those things from a position of victory.

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Resolved: 1. A Life Devoted to Good Works and Humble Service

Resolved - Resolution #1

This post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’ve written.

If you’d like a little more information, please visit this introduction to the Resolved series.

Resolution # 1

Resolved, to diligently pursue a life of good works and humble service towards all those whom God would place in my path; to do this by His power alone, not mine, in a manner that would give Him all the glory and make His name great.

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3 Little Lessons in Wisdom – A #OneWord2011 Progress Report

One Word 2011Back in January, I wrote a post about my one word for 2011; wisdom. The whole concept of ‘One Word‘ was dreamed up by Alece Ronzino to stand in place of those pesky New Year’s resolutions we all make, yet never keep.

I got an email from Alece last week asking everyone who participated to write a mid-year progress report. In all honesty, I don’t know how to faithfully report progress in such a subjective area as ‘wisdom.’

What I can share, however, are a few of the lessons that I’ve learned:

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Where Does a Pure Heart Come From?

Pure HeartHere’s some practical(I hope) theology with a tiny splash of diet Calvinism…

Yesterday, I wrote about the aim of our charge as disciples. In short and simple terms, our aim is to be agents of God’s love. Not our tiny human understanding of love, but God’s love; His infinitely un-knowable grace and mercy.

Our only hope for conveying that kind of love comes from a combination of three sources.

“The aim of our charge is love that issues from (1.)a pure heart and (2.)a good conscience and a (3.)sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5

Today, we’re talking about that first source. Here’s what the Bible says about the journey of my heart in 3 stages. I won’t talk about your heart, lest I get absolutely destroyed in the comments section. I do hope, however, that you can relate somehow with my experience.

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The Aim of Our Charge

purpose

I want to love and serve people. That’s it.

It doesn’t matter if I’m coaching a leader, speaking to a crowd, or helping a young married couple buy their first house. My primary function is to love those people, to serve them well, and to do my best to reflect the glorious truth of the Gospel in all of it.

By God’s grace, that’s who I want to be and that’s what I want to do.

That’s my charge and if I could be honest with you, I think that’s every Christian’s charge. My problem is that I spend so much time trying to figure out what that looks like. I landed on this verse a few days ago and it gave me a nice little poke in the ribs.

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Drowning in An Ocean of Glory

Ocean of Glory

As I stood by the ocean this past weekend, I couldn’t stop thinking about just how incredibly vast it is. There are 332 million cubic miles of water on the Earth. That’s 36.6 sextillion gallons. If sextillion isn’t a readily accessible number, think of 1000 trillions.

Still lost in the magnitude? That’s ok. There is nothing I can do to help you wrap your head around the sheer volume of water contained on the surface of this planet. It’s an unfathomable quantity.

We must accept the fact that we aren’t able to comprehend it.

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Dead Trees Don't Grow Apples

Religion LiesToday I wrote a guest post for my good friend Grant Jenkins.

Here’s an excerpt:

We seem to be under the impression that we have the power to fix people; that we can simply tell them to stop sinning and that they will. We even go so far as to expect people to make that life change before they’re allowed to meet Christ.

This is a lie called “religion.”

You can read the rest of this post on religion’s lies about morality on Grant’s blog.