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13-Year-Old Napkin Notes

It was somewhat surreal, and a little surprising. Not that I had expected something really different, but it was still a reason to raise the eye-brows a bit. That was my reaction to an email from Pastor Chris, one that contained a letter and some initial “napkin notes” I wrote back in 2003. The letter […]

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Q Zone: Since God is Sovereign, Why Pray or Witness?

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Q Zone: Tongue Tied about Trials

Two weeks of teaching on trials from James 1 no doubt leaves us with questions. But what is unique about the questions that have surfaced this week is they touch on core issues that are not only difficult to answer, but seemingly impossible. Frankly, some of these questions get to matters that have no answer […]

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Monday’s Christmas Prayer: God the Father

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Election Questions (which no candidate will attempt to answer probably)

Okay, so I teased you with the title; this post has nothing to do with the upcoming election. But everything to do with the more important election—God’s! When I taught through Romans a few years back, the biblical doctrine of election became more than a theological point; it became a precious jewel in the cluster […]

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The Sinfulness of Man, the Sovereignty of God, and Joyful Satisfaction in the Middle of Both

It’s been almost a month since SCOTUS “ruled” on Obergefell v. Hodges and gave us their majority opinion in regards to states’ rights to determine  who can and can’t marry. The reversal essentially, according to FOTF, “has the net effect of legalizing same-sex marriage at the federal and state levels across the entire country.” Biblically speaking, our […]

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Q Zone: Did I “Short-Sell” Zacchaeus?

With a packed agenda cued up for the service Sunday, live questions were simply impossible. But man, did we get some good ones texted in! So, as promised, here are my thoughts. Love to know yours as well, so feel free to comment. Q: Luke 19:3 says Zacchaeus was short, which is why he was […]

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The Q Zone: Predicaments with Providence

The doctrine of God’s providence dug deep into our hearts last Sunday as we unpacked a good portion of Acts 23. Yes, the subtle and silent sovereignty of God was settling in well, bringing us to the mat so we would wrestle through the implications and applications. (Those are listed here.) Of course, some intriguing […]

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5 Practical Points about God’s Providence

As we examined Paul’s situation before the Jewish council in our morning message (June 1, 2014 in Acts 23), God’s providential care took center stage. In both obvious and obscure ways, the Lord was accomplishing his plan. How reassuring at all times! As a result, here are the 5 observations we made in the service […]

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Now That’s God-ronic

Godronic [god-ron-ik] Adjective Definition: The act of God unsuspectingly connecting apparently unrelated circumstances or situations out of your control for his glory; the opposite of i-ronic. As most of my readers know, I love words. I enjoy playing with them, combining them, even making some up at times. And godronic is just the latest of […]

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