Category Archives: Random Thought

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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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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Power of Pistis (Faith) – Lesson 2

This continues my study of the Greek word “pistis” and specifically how studying this biblical word for “faith” helps describe what biblical faith looks like.  My last study considered a few verses with the word pistis that describe how faith … Continue reading

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Light and Momentary Suffering

Light and Momentary Sufferin All of us must endure suffering. Even if we live a relatively pain free life, we still deal with loss and discouragements. Some of us have tremendous suffering. Others have a normal amount of suffering. Regardless, … Continue reading

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