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Why does it have to hurt?

Sanctification always hurts, because we must continually face what we cannot do. Only then do we repent and fully embrace the love we have in Christ. ...

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Positive Thinking and Remembering the Gospel

We need to remind ourselves daily of who we are in Christ. We need to train ourselves to believe that we are dead to sin and alive to Christ Jesus. Is that the same thing as positive thinking? Are we just supposed to stand in front of a mirror and tell ourselves how beautiful we are until we believe it? No, we are not simply boosting our self confidence. We are reminding o...

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Is Marriage a State or Religious Issue? And other Questions

Questions I address in this post: Is marriage a state or church issue? How do I love my gay brother? How do I uphold biblical marriage while loving homosexuals? Should we treat homosexuality differently than other sins? Is John 8 apocryphal? What resources do you recommend for those struggling with sexual sin? Should those struggling with sexual sin take communion?...

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Do Calvinists do Evangelism?

Does the sovereignty of God as taught by Calvinism relieve us of the burden of evangelism? Sure, I hope it relieves you of every burden, but it does not rob you of the privilege of evangelism. You have as much freedom to joyfully tell people about the love and salvation found in Christ as you could possibly want. As you come to embrace these doctrines of grace (electio...

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Did Jesus Die for the Whole World? Yes

What does it mean that Jesus died for the world? I believe he died for the world eschatologically. We look forward to the day when we look out over the nations of the earth and say, "all the world belongs to Jesus."...

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How Can I Help?

When we show up, at a funeral, in a hospital room, or at someone’s reception we incarnate love. We personify hope. We communicate on a level far deeper than words that you are not forgotten. Being there may be the highest calling any of us ever receive....

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It is Okay to Struggle

Though many of the issues are different, the question is always the same: “Can a Christian can possibly feel the way I do?” If I knew you well enough, I would put my arms around you and whisper these words: “It is okay to struggle, that is what Jesus is for.” ...

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Leading your wife, part 2

Now Paul comes to the command part of being a husband. He commands husbands to love their wives as their own flesh by nourishing them and cherishing them. He tells us to love our wives as our own bodies. I know two things about you: you know your body and you are attentive to your body. ...

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How Do I Lead My Wife?

What does it mean to lead your wife? In a generation of redefined and lost manhood, when divorce is more prevalent than family prayer, this question comes up daily. Let’s look at the Bible’s teaching, and see what we find. ...

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Growth Charts

So how are we doing as a church? Often we have friends move away, and twice now we have sent out core groups to plant daughter churches. Sometimes you may wonder if we are growing at all. So I thought you might like to see a little growth chart so you can notice God at work....

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