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James writes, ‘Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy.’ On the surface, this sounds simplistic and unrealistic. How can we be expected to be joyful about the pain we’re going through? But James is not being impractical here. Not in the least. He wants us to understand that how we […]

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So, what do we do when we suffer? How do we cope with what the book of James calls “trials of any kind” (Jas 1:2)? Here’s what I want to suggest: When you undergo afflictions, go over your convictions. That is, rehearse what you believe. Go over what you firmly hold on to in your […]

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The Gift

June 1, 2015No Comments

The Father gave his Son, and the Son gave his life so that the Spirit might give you life and you might live forever. You know these things. You assent to them with your mind. But, more than that, you have put your wholehearted trust in Jesus Christ.” John 3:1-10, 14-16 (NRSV) 1 Now there […]

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The message of a winsome church is what it says. The method of a winsome church is what it does. And the mission of a winsome church is where it goes. We are called to bear witness to those who are near and to those who far. If we want to be a vital church, […]

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It was God’s heart for us, his people, that compelled him to send his Son, Jesus Christ, to draw us to himself, just as my mother did with me on that cold dark morning while we were waiting for a bus we thought might never come. This world can be cold and dark and even scary.” […]

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Laying It Down

April 27, 2015No Comments

In our postmodern era, people of intelligence will not abide such exclusive assertions. Those who are wise by the world’s standards tell us that there cannot be such a thing as Truth. There are truths. They will allow that. There is your truth and my truth, but there is no overarching, definitive, absolute Truth. No […]

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What unfreezes us? What gets us out from behind locked doors? What compels us to share the good news of the risen Christ? And what makes us do it, not because we are obligated to, but because – get this! – we are so affected by it that we can’t contain ourselves? We have a […]

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 When Jesus appears to people, to his early followers, say – the women and the other disciples –  they stop running away from the challenge of faith, and they start running toward it. They move from unbelief to its opposite – conviction. And they forfeit passivity for engagement. We’re told in verse 20 that “they […]

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Long ago, God had made a promise. It was a threat, really, delivered to the serpent. “I will put enmity between you and the woman,” he said, “and between your offspring and hers. You will strike his heel, but he will crush your head” (Gen. 3:15). By riding into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday […]

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