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Fighting in the Faith

When is it right to fight about a belief?  I am not talking about breaking out the boxing gloves and going at it, toe-to-toe, physically.  Rather, I am talking about having a discussion that pits two people against each other, duking it out word-by-word until their view points are clearly established and their differences come to light. Maybe we should have that…

Dug Down Deep

The current book I’m reading is “Dug Down Deep” by Joshua Harris. The book starts with the storyline of how he came to a seriousness about learning the Word of God. Then it continues with some theological themes.

Thinking Point – Comfort

“ . . . among genuine believers, the greatest consolation of all comes from focusing on Christ” (D.A. Carson, Scandalous, p.129). How else can we find true comfort in life? We cannot escape pain and sorrow. We cannot convince ourselves that we are somehow unscathed by the tragedies of life. To find true comfort, we must keep our gaze on Christ, who…

Thank You

Many thoughts have swirled through my mind over this last week. It has been just over a week since my dad went home to be with the Lord. Over that period of time I have been overwhelmed with encouraging phone calls, emails, cards, and conversations. Occasionally, I have wanted to slip into a mind-numbed state of existence, where I ignore everyone and…

God’s Greatness

So, this past Sunday I preached on the greatness of God from Isaiah 40.  What an incredible, awesome, wonderful God is described by Isaiah!  What is more incredible is that God helps us.  Even more unfathomable is that not only does God help us, He helps us because He loves us, and not out of a sense of obligation.  I encourage you…

Can I have your help for my sermon series?

Currently I am working on a 3-week sermon series based on Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, and so far it has been extremely convicting.  The book as well as the accompanying Scripture contained within its pages have served to rip apart the exterior of my life and get me thinking. I’m hoping to do an interactive sermon series where I can engage…

Amazed by Christ’s Humanity?

As we approach Christmas, what grabs our attention during this season?  As I was battling traffic during a routine stop at Starbucks last night, I realized that I tend to focus on the chaos and hassle that fills the days before Christmas (glad I did my shopping online this year).  Sometimes, I can focus on the busyness of the season — family…

Where’s the body?

As I was reading John Piper’s article on the truthfulness of the gospel, his second point really stood out to me.  How does the world explain away the lack of Jesus’ body?  You would think many resources would have been spent trying to find his body, put it on display, and disprove Christianity.  But, two thousand years later, and nothing to show…

Good Old Financial Wisdom

Financial Wisdom for the day: “Spend less than you make!” I’m preparing to supervise Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” program in January. During the preparation stage, I have been searching for resources on finances, both on the web and on the page. Many tips are out there, but they all seem to come down to good old common wisdom. So the bottom…