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Three Things to Consider When You Are Struggling to Forgive

“ . . . As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” – Colossians 3:13 God commands Christians to be compulsive forgivers. When Peter asked Jesus how many times a repeat-offender should be pardoned, he basically said every time (Matthew 18:21-22). In fact, he went so far as to say that if … Continue reading Three Things to Consider When You Are Struggling to Forgive

You Won’t Stop Sinning Until You Start Walking by the Spirit

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:16 I have yet to meet a person who genuinely loves Jesus and does not also despise and seek to mortify his or her sin. No Christian does this sin-killing thing perfectly. We all stumble in … Continue reading You Won’t Stop Sinning Until You Start Walking by the Spirit

A Father, Friend, and Helper to be Honored, Feared, and Worshipped

I saw The Shack the week after it premiered. Though I did not read the book beforehand, I had read multiple articles describing how it portrays the Trinitarian God of Christianity. So I entered the theatre with some sense of what to expect. There were parts of the film that troubled me, and there were … Continue reading A Father, Friend, and Helper to be Honored, Feared, and Worshipped

Your History Doesn’t Decide Your Ministry

I once believed that my primary mission field was the LGBT community. God had not revealed this to me, nor had he especially burdened my heart for this particular group of people. But because I had been a member of this community before my conversion, it seemed logical to me that God would want me to direct the most of my … Continue reading Your History Doesn’t Decide Your Ministry

God Sometimes Terrifies Those He Loves

One of God’s first acts in his newly instituted church was killing two of its members. As Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, observed the praise other Christians were receiving for selling their properties and donating the proceeds to the church, they decided to join the ranks of these generous givers. The couple likewise sold one of their properties, laid some of the proceeds at … Continue reading God Sometimes Terrifies Those He Loves

Trusting God’s Character When We Don’t Understand His Actions

One of the biggest challenges in my sanctification thus far has been coming to terms with how fallible my conceptions of goodness, love, righteousness, and justice actually are. I am so prone to approach the Bible in an arrogant, critical posture and measure God’s revelation of himself against my predetermined notions of what he should … Continue reading Trusting God’s Character When We Don’t Understand His Actions

God’s Love and Hatred: A Mysterious Coexistence, A Glorious Convergence

If you are like me, you probably did not feel like you were at war with God prior to your conversion. You may have felt like you were disinterested in him or distant from him, but you most likely didn’t feel like you were opposed to him or he to you. That is an unpopular idea … Continue reading God’s Love and Hatred: A Mysterious Coexistence, A Glorious Convergence

The New Covenant Always Produces New People

Many people believe the Old and New Testaments stand in stark contrast to one another—that the nature and purposes of God revealed in the OT Scriptures are totally different than the nature and purposes of God revealed in the NT Scriptures. In most cases, such people either do not own a Bible or do not read the one they have. … Continue reading The New Covenant Always Produces New People

Love Conquers Cynicism

The unbelieving world has always looked upon the church with a contemptuous glare, harshly criticizing, ridiculing, and even vilifying her. In his farewell discourse, Jesus predicted this animosity that the devil’s offspring (John 6:32) would have toward God’s sojourning children (John 15:18-25). Therefore, though we do not enjoy being on the receiving end of never-ending … Continue reading Love Conquers Cynicism