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Exalting Self

August 27, 2013No Comments

Take a look at 1 Kings 1:1-35. These verses (and the ones following) comprise a succession narrative; that is, this passage recounts the intrigue surrounding the question: Who shall succeed David as king? Adonijah, son of David’s wife, Haggith, announced that he would succeed his father on the throne, but David had promised his wife […]

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David wanted to build a house for God, but God told him that he (the Lord) would build a house for him (for David). You can read about this in 2 Samuel 7:1-17. In my last several posts, I have been looking at various Scripture passages by asking of each of them five questions? What’s […]

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In my last few posts I have been experimenting with reading the Scriptures by asking of a given passage five questions. My hope has been to hear the gospel in each passage read. Rather than simply generating a set of “do’s and don’ts,” I have wanted to hear how the text proclaims the transforming power […]

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A STUDY OF PSALM 6 Do you ever get impatient with God — especially when things aren’t going your way? When we are forced to be in the vise of affliction, we may find ourselves saying, as David does in Psalm 6, “O Lord — how long?” If you want to find out what’s in […]

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When I read Scripture, I apply five questions to what I read. I described the process in my post on June 27, which was entitled, “Is God Worthy of Our Trust?” Here are the five questions: What comes against us? What rises in us? What is our reaction? What is the “God-substitute” exposed in our […]

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Is God Worthy of Our Trust? When I study a passage of Scripture, I usually ask five questions of the text:  What comes against us? What rises in us? What is our reaction? What is the “God-substitute” exposed in our reaction? How does God reveal himself? How does the gospel address us? How do we […]

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I was thinking today about reading with others. Not that I do much of that. But I would like to. Sometimes, when I’m reading a book that really interests me, I wonder what it would be like to read it and discuss it with others. So, I wrote a short list of questions that a […]

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What Is the Gospel?

February 24, 2013No Comments

Several books have come out in recent years to define and defend the gospel and to locate it again at the center of ministry and life.

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During Sundays in July, Doug Cartwright and I will be leading a series of studies entitled Our Reformation Heritage. Join us at First Presbyterian Church, Wichita Falls, each Sunday morning at ten o’clock. Then, if you can, stay for worship.

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