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Archives: "'Winging It"
  •  We all know that the Garden of Eden was paradise. No sin. No sadness. No error. Until, of course, that crafty serpent (Gen 3:1) came along. What was it that got us thrown under the bus? It wasn't that the serpent was merely making suggestions. It wasn't that the serpent had some good ideas. It wasn't…
    November 14, 2018
  •  Technically, the term "military drill" refers specifically to the mass marching of soldiers, but we know there is more to it than that. The military has "drills" and "exercises" all the time. They send their troops -- sailors, soldiers, airmen, marines -- through simulated events to practice,…
    November 7, 2018
  • There is a mysterious verse in 1John. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2) The topic is "What we will be has not yet appeared." The conclusion is "We shall…
    October 31, 2018
  •  My wife watched me put together my taco -- cheese, meat, lettuce, onions, sauce, cheese, cheese, cheese. "Isn't that a little too much cheese?" she asked. "I'm not sure there's such a thing," I quipped. But I'm talking now about the gospel. We know what it is, right? Right? I…
    October 24, 2018
  •  I've already written about various ways we can know if we have eternal life, if we are among the saved. It's interesting that they are mostly behavioral. They are almost entirely rooted in what we do (Matt 7:17-20; Luke 8:15; John 15:8). Mind you, what we do doesn't save,…
    October 17, 2018
  •  John tells us his purpose in writing his first epistle. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13) The whole purpose was that you may know that you have eternal life. Note that it was written to specific people. It's…
    October 10, 2018
  •  Assurance of salvation is a good thing. At least, it's a good thing if it's true. We know there are people with assurance of salvation that shouldn't be so sure (Matt 7:21-23). But we also know that Scripture assures us we can know (1 John 5:13). So we look through the pages…
    October 3, 2018
  • What is assurance of salvation? It's not about "eternal security" or anything like it. It is not the same as being saved. It is possible to be saved and not know it or to believe you're saved and not be. Assurance is simply the confidence that you're saved. Can Christians have such assurance?…
    September 26, 2018
  •  I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. That is what defines me as a Christian. I value this relationship, so I pursue it, nurture it, enjoy it, embrace it. I look at the Word of God to learn about the Word made flesh. I seek to obey Him more because He said if I love Him I will obey Him. This is a big part of my…
    September 19, 2018
  •  James wrote, "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8). Double-minded. It seems to be the standard rather than the exception. I was looking at a display of works by a local artist. On a plaque was a quote from the artist. "I am certain that there is no absolute truth,"…
    September 12, 2018
  •  "She was a Christian, but she was distraught about her daughter's death all those years ago. 'Why would God take my child?' she asked me. I was able to give her comfort. 'It wasn't God's will,' I assured her. 'God never wills that kind of thing.' She felt much better." It…
    September 5, 2018
  •  It seems to be a common idea these days. We ought to avoid conflict. The mentality of earlier America, for instance, when "Live free or die" was an actual motto and people thought that fighting for freedom was noble is no longer "in". We prefer now a "kinder, gentler" perspective. Do…
    August 29, 2018
  • The Episcopal Church is about to revise the Common Book of Prayer to eliminate God as "Father" -- to make God gender neutral. It isn't new; the Church of Sweden has already discouraged the use of "Lord" and the male pronoun in reference to God. The point in these efforts…
    August 22, 2018
  • Irony is defined as "the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning." If you look around at current events, you'll find lots of illustrations. Often they are humorous; not always. This idea -- words used that end up expressing the opposite -- is a key component…
    August 15, 2018
  • We all know that our world has decided to modify, over the past 60 years or so, the definition of marriage. This gradual redefinition has left it essentially undefined. Oh, yes, we might agree that it's some socially recognized legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations, but it's all…
    August 8, 2018

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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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