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  • The University of Georgia did a study of 468 married individuals. In their study they found that the most consistent, significant predictor of marital quality was ... get this ... spousal expression of gratitude. Didn't see that coming, did you? Not sex, finances, or communication. Gratitude.…
    November 22, 2017
  •  Perhaps you've heard the phrase, "He owns the cattle on a thousand hills." You know ... referring to God. As it turns out, it was God Himself who said it. And then some. "Every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves…
    November 15, 2017
  • Try to find out what the Gospel is and you'll get a lot of different answers. There is the social gospel and there is the street-corner gospel and there is the "Romans Way" and so on. Some agree, but trying to actually pin down the essential pieces can be tough. So I thought I'd do it from a single paragraph…
    November 8, 2017
  • There are lots of sins in the Bible. (Who knew, right?) And we know that all sins are equal in the eyes of the Lord, right? Well, perhaps not. All sins are equal in the sense that all sins deserve God's judgment, but I don't think it is true that all sins are of equal weight. We know this because of things like…
    November 1, 2017
  • I'm quite sure that this quote from a Christian article won't meet with much resistance: "The Bible says that God loves us completely no matter what we do." Yes, sure, we all know that. God loves unconditionally. Got it. Clear enough. We know. But wait! Is that true? You see, we…
    October 25, 2017
  • 1 Corinthians 15 is a fascinating chapter for a variety of reasons. It is there that we find the simplest presentation of the Gospel in all of Scripture (1 Cor 15:3-4). We read of Paul's astounding apologetic for the Resurrection -- eyewitnesses (1 Cor 15:5-8). We have that interesting exercise in logic -- "If…
    October 18, 2017
  • This will be necessarily provocative. I apologize in advance. I like to "get along", but to go against Scripture is not wise. So I'm going to lay this out as it is, admitting along with you that it's not "pleasant", and leave it in your hands to accept or deny. We live in a world of upside-down…
    October 11, 2017
  • If I am a patriot, politically active, working hard to bring up good leadership and policies and bring down bad ones and have not love, I'm just a political activist. If I spend my time fighting for key social issues and campaigning for the marginalized, and if I boldly fight racism and sexism and hate and microaggression…
    October 4, 2017
  • I heard this term the other day and wondered about it. "Bible-saturated" refers to someone who has been immersed for a great deal of time in the entirety of Scripture. It doesn't mean someone who has memorized John 3:16 and can quote it without thinking about it. The term refers to a saturation of…
    September 27, 2017
  • Our culture these days seems almost to be built on being offended. We are offended by anything and everything. When I used the word "boy" in a brief comment to a black person (referrring to her young son), she took offense. When the movie, Tropic Thunder, had one actor describe another as a "retard",…
    September 20, 2017
  •  After the story of the woman caught in adultery, Jesus spoke in the temple (John 8:20). He ended up in a discussion with the Pharisees (John 8:13) in which they, obviously, take Him to task. In that discussion we see this exchange: They said to Him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even…
    September 13, 2017
  • In Paul's epistle to the church in Rome, he writes this. As it is written, "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." (Rom 2:24) No one is entirely sure to what Paul is referring with his "as it is written" statement. Written in Scripture? Written elsewhere? There are a…
    September 6, 2017
  • It's a common complaint among many. "I've looked for a good church in my area, but I can't find one." Maybe the music is too loud or too boring. Maybe the preaching isn't ... whatever. Not enough of the Word. Too much of the world. "I'm not being fed." "I'm not able to worship."…
    August 30, 2017
  • In Romans 1 Paul lays out a sequence of God giving Man over to worse and worse sin, starting with "though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks" (Romans 1:21) culminating in a list of evils of the "depraved mind" (Romans 1:28) that takes up 6 verses (Romans 1:28-32). And as the…
    August 23, 2017
  • Paul wrote: We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on Me." (Rom 15:1-3) Did…
    August 16, 2017

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Born and raised in a Christian home, I've been treated to immersion in the Word and squandered it. "But God ..." I love the phrase. God has been faithful when I was unfaithful. At every turn He has crowded me to Him.

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