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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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Monday’s Christmas Prayer: God the Father

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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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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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Our Little [dorky] Preacher Boy

“Did I really look that dorky?” That’s exactly what I first thought when I saw that picture you’re chuckling at even now. It was tucked inside a birthday card I received from my parents a few weeks back marking my 50th birthday, and man, what a laugh I got at my own expense. So go […]

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An10omy

Romans 9 and 10 are two chapters that are equally true. They belong together (with Romans 11 I might add as their capstone), and teach the twin doctrines of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. It is unwise to choose between them, or, worse yet, water down one for the other to try and maintain a […]

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9 from 9

I’ve been teaching through Romans since the first of the summer — what a humble delight and learning experience. In fact, every chapter I come to seems to be my favorite!  Here are 9 observations from Romans 9. (By the way, they’ll make more sense if you first hear the message, so click here to […]

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God’s Sovereignty—It’s Not About Us!

Often we like God’s Sovereignty when it makes sense to us…when it makes my life “work out” or look better. But that is really not the filter to use when trying to get a grasp on God’s sovereignty, for it leaves us as the end goal…that’s a shallow Christian and a small god. God is […]

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