Author Archives: peterjheins

About peterjheins

Married and have a daughter. They think I am pretty special and that's what matters.

Paul’s First Letter to Thessalonica

I just read through Barclay’s commentary of 1Thessalonians. I also read through the letter in the NASB and HCSB. The letter inspires me so much that I want to write my own brief commentary on here. By way of introduction, … Continue reading

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Limitless Character of Christ

Jesus Christ is perfect in character and holiness. There is no limit to his depth. We can talk about his love, patience, kindness, compassion, boldness, courage, etc. We can highlight how Jesus is perfectly masculine and appropriately feminine. As one … Continue reading

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Gospel of Renewal

Several things happened as I started praying about what to share in my sermon today. First, I knew I should share something personal. I’ve been reading a devotional book on prayer that has excepts from Andrew Murray. He said we … Continue reading

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Remaining in Truth

It almost seems out of place when John ends his letter with, “Little Children, guard yourselves from idols” (1John 5:21). Read the whole letter and you’ll see it seems to smack you in the face, where John doesn’t mention idols … Continue reading

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Living Free

The following series, starting with this post, are my thoughts from studying Galatians more in depth. I recently read through Galatians and now I am going back through it with some resources, starting with Merrill C. Tenney’s commentary.  Instead of … Continue reading

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Live by and keep in step with the Spirit – Galatians 5:25

What does it mean to “live by the Spirit” and “keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25)? Paul writes, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  The first illicit the second.  We … Continue reading

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Hard Teaching

John 6:26-71 has an interesting context.  Part takes place along the sea (vs. 25), while the discussion develops into a synagogue setting (vs. 59), with no explanation how it ended up there.  The occasion for this teaching moment comes after … Continue reading

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“Rejoice, Rejoice,” I say again, “Rejoice.”

This article reflects my recent study of Romans 5:1-11. It’s interesting the word “rejoice” is used here three times (vs.2, 3, and 11).  The Greek word here is kauchaomai (pronounced kau-khä’-o-mī).  The NIV translates it “boast,” NASB “exult,” while other versions translate … Continue reading

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God breaks the marriage metaphor

Idolatry is a very important concept that we cannot miss or treat lightly and still expect salvation.  We certainly cannot treat it lightly and expect to be a church that holds out salvation! To appreciate the importance of knowing the … Continue reading

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Spending Time with God vs. QT

In John 17:20-26, Jesus prayed that we are one as he is one with the Father. He also prayed that we would be in God and have God in us the same way he is in God.  That last part is … Continue reading

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