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Will I Ever Improve?

Have you ever said to yourself, “You’d think by now I would have a handle on that problem”? Have you ever despaired of truly changing and not dealing with the same sin over and over? I have been stuck in the mud a bit this past week wondering when I would see some progress. But […]

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The Demise of Guys and Biblically Literate Christians

I recently viewed several TED talks and one in particular caused me to start thinking about the lack of spiritual growth and discipleship in the Church. Click here http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/zimchallenge.html to view this talk on where all the young men have gone. It is a secular analysis of the absence of mature, motivated, ambitious men. The […]

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A Cure for Pride

Tim Keller gives an antidote for pride and anger in his sermon series on the Book of James. Tell your self this truth: “I am a perfectly loved moral failure!”. I love this advice. I am defensive, angry, self-protective, and prone to bitterness if someone attacks my spotless view of myself. (I am personalizing Keller’s […]

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The Lord’s Transforming Love

God’s love is effective in that it has transformation as one of its goals. God chose us in Christ so that we will become like Christ and truly reflect God’s glory. When we respond to Christ’s love we love what Christ loves (His Father, holiness, obedience, The Father’s will). As we grow in Christ’s love […]

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You Know God? Does He Know You?

To know God is to know Him relationally and treasure His character and person. To know God is to be in intimate relationship with Him. When we know God personally we know His character and personality and His person changes us. We love what He loves and we desire to please Him. There is no […]

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Single Men

Go to this link to hear wise words from Matt Chandler for young men. I cannot think of a better way to say it.

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Complementarianism

Complementarianism (the idea that men and women are complements of each other and together reflect the image of God)is a hot topic in reformed circles today. What makes this topic so inflammatory is not the definition. No, because the definition is inclusive and affirming and both genders are treated with respect. What makes this topic […]

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Prayer

Praying has at minimum two purposes. We usually focus on one: the product or answer to our prayer. If I pray and my prayer is answered in the way I wanted then I believe my prayers were effective. But prayer has another purpose: to create a trusting dependence on the Lord God. When I come […]

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I Do Believe; Help My Unbelief!

How often in your life have you read this passage in Mark 9: 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this […]

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Two-Fold Imputation

I have been reading J. D. Greear’s wonderfully simple book, Gospel. On page 44 he summarizes the thesis of his book in four points through his Gospel Prayer. I have been using this Gospel Prayer in many of my counseling sessions. If we believed these four points our lives would be transformed and our interactions […]

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