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Without Church, You’ll Grow Cold

As fall settles in and the nights come quicker and cooler, I enjoy sitting outside by a fire. Who isn’t mesmerized by the flicking flames and the glowing red embers of a roaring fire pit? Those embers remind me that Christianity is a relationship with Jesus and His people. After all, a Christian is someone […]

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Jesus Is Bigger Than Your Biggest Problems (Colossians 1:15-17)

How big are your problems? And more importantly, how big is your view of Jesus? If the Christian life means living in dependence upon Christ for every situation you can face in this world, then you need to be sure of how big Jesus is to be sure that you can trust Him in your […]

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Two Kinds of Justification—Invisible and Visible?

People often struggle with the apparent disagreement between Paul and James over justification. But there isn’t a disagreement between them because the Bible teaches two kinds of justification. As Paul said, For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God (Rom 4:2). Paul, who repeatedly taught justification […]

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What’s Driving Your Train?

Here’s a simple illustration of how Bible truth should take precedence over emotions in your life. Think of your life like a train. A train consists of a locomotive and all the railway cars that it pulls. Locomotives can be powered by different kinds of engines, such as steam, diesel, or electricity. Likewise, the locomotive […]

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Whose Obedience Makes You Righteous (Romans 5:19)?

Obedience matters to salvation, but maybe not in the way you think. Do you want to be righteous before God? Do you want Him to see you as good—as really good? Do you want God’s approval so you can be certain your heavenly Father does not just love you reluctantly but wholeheartedly? How can you […]

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Should You Pray for Things God Has Already Done?

What would you think if you heard someone pray, “Lord, please send the Messiah to come and save us from our sins?” Wouldn’t you say to her, “I have good news! You don’t need to pray that prayer. God has already sent the Messiah. His name is Jesus.” But if she insisted on begging God […]

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Paul’s Church Planting Method in Seven Steps

How do you go about planting a church? We need more churches worldwide—especially grace-based churches—but who will start them? Here’s a quick overview of Paul’s church planting method. No one chapter in the Bible describes it, but you get the general idea from the Book of Acts and the comments made in Paul’s epistles. Here’s […]

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Thief or Shepherd?

Everyone loves John 10:10, but we tend only to quote the last half of the verse. Here’s the whole thing: “A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10:10). Jesus was drawing a contrast. He called Himself the […]

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Performance-Based Vs. Promise-Based

I’m on a quest for a grace-based spirituality. That’s not what most of you are familiar with. Instead, you’re familiar with performance-based spiritualities where God’s relationship—His love for you—depends on what you do for Him. But what if spirituality is more about what God does for you? It might be hard to imagine the difference […]

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When Politicians Use Works Salvation to Support War

Legalistic religion is usually manipulative. The threat of hell, and the promise of heaven, are used by religion to motivate people to do things they otherwise wouldn’t do. For example, the doctrine of salvation-by-works has often been used to convince young men to kill and be killed in holy wars. We’re all familiar with that […]

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Should Christians Fear Society’s Collapse?

I’m a recovering news junky. I’ve read newspapers for most of my life. And before entering the ministry, I worked for newspapers (on the production side). I love the fast-paced environment, where editors and journalists argue, debate, and prod each other to chase down leads, find just the right interviewee, and break the most important […]

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Seeking Comes Before Finding

“Don’t let your heart be troubled,” Jesus said to the disciples in the upper room. He was nearing the end of His earthly ministry, but they didn’t know it yet. “Believe in God, believe also in me,” He continued. “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told […]

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Is Christianity Based on Fear?

Bertrand Russell, the famous atheist, claimed: “Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is […]

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Do You Struggle with Hasty Decisions?

Have you ever made a hasty, life-changing decision in a moment of doubting God? David did. You see it in 1 Samuel 26-27. King Saul was hunting David. He was surviving in the wilderness, in the nooks and crannies of the hills, hiding from cave to cave. His life was miserable—but at least he had […]

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Jerry Springer Pharisees

Do you remember The Jerry Springer Show? Did you watch it? (Be honest!) It was both denounced as trash TV and celebrated as America’s “infamous guilty pleasure.” Springer took all of America’s most bizarre dysfunctional and deviant behavior and put it in front of daytime TV cameras. There were kung-fu hillbillies, adults who lived like […]

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Can You Study Theology and Forget Jesus?

I heard an Orthodox Bishop make an interesting confession. Hilarion Alfeyev is a world-renown scholar with two doctoral degrees in theology, including one from Oxford, the author of numerous theology books (several of which I own and enjoy), and also a talented classical composer. But after a long career in the church and the academy, […]

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Is It a Sin Not to Attend Church?

“Is it a sin to not go to church?” Before answering that question, let me clarify that “church” is not so much a place where you go but an identity that you have. The church is not the building but the Body. If you believe in Jesus for eternal life, you belong to the church, […]

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Is Christ the Entire Meaning of Your Life?

Americans love progress. We disagree about what true progress looks like, but in principle, we’re all for it. We want to go forward, not backward.  At some level, you have this idea that your life will progress over time. But does God have the same idea of progress as you do? I think it’s safe […]

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Are There Two Kinds of Unbelief?

“Do you know what you don’t know?” That’s an odd question asked by an article in the Harvard Business Review. The author continues: “When put to the test, most people find they can’t explain the workings of everyday things they think they understand. “Don’t believe me? Find an object you use daily (a zipper, a […]

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Atheism vs Christianity: You Were Designed for Love

What are you here for? What’s the ultimate purpose of your existence? What gives your life meaning and makes it worth living? Atheism and Christianity give you two very different answers. The atheist has to say you aren’t here for any higher purpose. Your life has no meaning except for what you make of it. […]

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