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Tetelestai: A Short Story

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Q Zone: A PS to the Postcard

Though the New Testament epistle of Philemon is just about 455 English words, it packs a powerful punch in its one chapter—that a new gospel identity should produce new gospel interactions. (Listen or watch the message here.) But there are connected truths as well in Paul’s postcard to Philemon, as well as other applications. And […]

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A GO Month Quiz

Tomorrow we wrap up a 6-week emphasis on missions — a series we titled “God’s Heart for the World” and uniquely designed for what is known as GO Month at First Family. In that series I began my five messages with a question, each one designed to get us thinking about a specific aspect of […]

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QZone: U-N-I-r-TYght…Really?

Applauding and “amening” unity is one thing when the church gathers on the weekend. But how does one live that out when the church scatters throughout the week? This is the heart behind the two questions we didn’t address live in the service. Here’s my shot at providing some insight into areas about which all […]

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Accompanying and Accentuating Reconciliation

Paul’s message of reconciliation in 2 Cor. 5:18-21 contains at least three other elements that accompany reconciliation. These are elements of God’s peace process with us that was started in the Gospel. 1. Adoption  [“reconciled the world to himself”] In adoption, God claims us!  He sought us for himself and brought us to himself through […]

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A Picture of Reconciliation

Reconciliation is illustrated well by the story of Ruth Youngsman, who, at a Prison Fellowship banquet in Seattle, said these words: “The man I ate dinner with tonight killed my brother.” The words, spoken by the stylish west-coast woman, were how she introduced her incredible tale of reconciliation. She told how John H. had murdered […]

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How the Gospel Works Through Us

For a few posts I have been addressing this question: “What does this Gospel do in us and for us?” But I’d like to ask another now, specifically, “How does the Gospel work through us?” Quite frankly, these are questions we ask simultaneously throughout our spiritual journey; but for the sake of this discussion, let’s investigate the […]

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