Tag Archives: Calvary

Embracing the Everyday Power of the Resurrection

It is one thing to say that God is with us. It is another to understand what that really means. When Paul tells the church in Ephesus for what he was praying, he reveals what God with us means. Continue reading

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A Little Rebellion Is Worth It

How do you usually approach improving yourself? Do you do it piecemeal? Do you use motivational phrases? We know that God urges us to be like Jesus. Yet, have we considered how He speaks of getting there? Continue reading

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Is Following Complicated?

Sometimes we make things difficult that are actually straight forward.  Have you ever put together a tent?  I have seen people spend what seemed like hours in a jumbled up mess.  Then, suddenly, they looked at the directions in a … Continue reading

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An Encounter with God

I have a wonderment this week. I wonder if the only ones who truly try to meet with God are the fringe elements of our family. No, I am not talking about all of us who have meetings about God, but when it comes to meeting God on a Sunday morning (or any day of the week for that matter) is an experience of God’s presence only reserved for the fanatic or the disturbed? Continue reading

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It’s Not About Doing, It’s About Being

Think with me for a moment about the rich young ruler in Mark 10. Notice that the man thought about what he could ‘do’ to be saved. He asked Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life.” … Continue reading

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What Makes Church Different

Have you ever thought about what difference there is between worshiping God on your own by the lake and worshiping God with God’s people on a Saturday night or Sunday morning? Hebrews 10 says, “Let us hold fast the confession … Continue reading

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Committed to the Cross

Some seem to want to change the message of the cross. Some want to make the gospel message all about becoming better people. This removes the offense of the cross. Is that what it’s all about? Some change the message so that it is only concerned with social justice and taking care of the poor and needy. These are important things, to be sure, but they are not the whole gospel. Again, the offense of the cross is removed. Is that what it is all about? Continue reading

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Touching the Throne of God

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to just say, all the time and without stopping, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come”? Does it strike you as fun? Does it scratch your back? Does it fulfill your felt needs? I suspect that the answer to those questions is, “No.” So, why do the four living creatures do it? What compels them to do that? What compels them to say that phrase over and over and to never stop doing it? Good question. Continue reading

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The Character Necessary

In Acts 13 we see Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey. Often, we focus on Paul and Barnabas’ success. Instead, think with me about their response to opposition and resistance. It is in opposition that we see Paul and Barnabas’ character shine through. Continue reading

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Faith in the Trenches

Are you ever amazed when God works when you pray? Why be amazed? If we believe God, don’t we expect Him to work? If we believe God, then shouldn’t His acting in our life be something that we look for just like the water that comes out of our faucets? Continue reading

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