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The Armor of God Pt.2

Ephesians 6:10-20Read Text What is the Armor of God? It’s obviously not literal, physical armor which we pull from the closet and put on while we drink our coffee and get ready for work. I also don’t believe it is something we have to “mentally” put on literally through prayer. Yes, we pray about such […]

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The Armor of God Pt.1

Ephesians 6:10-20Read Text In most of the sermons I’ve heard through the years about the Armor of God, the speaker tends to over-spiritualize the Text. They over-do the whole spiritual warfare thing. Don’t misunderstand me, it IS real. We have a real enemy who is a spirit; and he has other spirits fighting with him […]

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What Are Good Works?

Ephesians 6Read Text I have spent a lot of time thinking through, praying through and writing about these few verses and what they mean for men, specifically how we love and lead our families. But I want to look at them from a different angle. Same Text. Same meaning. Different aspect & application. That’s one […]

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Imitators of God

Ephesians 5Read Text “Therefore” – Since I am a new man (4:17-24), since I am sealed with the Holy Spirit (4:30), forgiven by God (4:32), and a beloved child (5:1)… As a child imitates his earthly father, let us likewise imitate our loving heavenly Father. Sounds like good, solid, Christian advice right? And it is […]

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New Life In Christ

Ephesians 4Read Text In Ephesians 4 Paul’s letter takes a turn in its focus, as do most of the epistles. He shifts his focus from orthodoxy (proper doctrine/theology, or you could say right thinking/beliefs about God) to orthopraxy (proper conduct, or right actions/living for the believer). Since, therefore (chapters 1-3), we have been loved, saved, […]

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Why Would You Not Work Out Your Own Salvation?

[12] Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13 ESV) One of […]

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Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Update 5/7/14: Last week we started the series and really got a lot to think about. I hope you all are studying and doing the review and homework that is in the study guide. In listening to Greg’s radio show podcast (Stand To Reason) the other day I heard him spend a long time answering […]

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Praying Through Romans 5

Any time I get a chance to teach the Word of God to the people of God, I am extremely thankful and humbled. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak to my faith family at The Gathering on a Wednesday night–our prayer service. The normal format is our pastor will walk us […]

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Gospel Importance Pt.4: Centrality Pt.2

This is the last post in our Gospel Importance series. Gospel Importance Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3. We’ll just pick up right where the last one left off. I was talking about why it’s important for Christians to remember the Gospel. The Gospel Reveals God’s Righteousness [17] For in it [the gospel] the righteousness […]

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Gospel Importance Pt.3: Centrality Pt.1

This is the third post in our Gospel Importance series. Gospel Importance Pt.1, Gospel Importance Pt.2 This is where I want to spend most of my time. So, I’ve decided to break this last part of Gospel Centrality into 2 parts. How does the Gospel continue to impact the lives of believers? Why does Paul continually […]

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Gospel Importance Pt.2: Content

In the last post we talked about the importance of Gospel Clarity, or what the Gospel is and is not. Now I want to look at the content of the true Gospel. You could ask the same question: “What is the Gospel?” Or more clearly: “What is this news and what makes it so good?” […]

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Gospel Importance Pt.1: Clarity

The Gospel is for believers! It is not only the power of God to convert unbelievers, it is the power of God to save those who are believing. It is the door by which we enter the house and the house itself! Every room we explore is an exploration deeper into beautiful Gospel truths. [1] […]

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Holiness? Are You Serious?

I’d like to start off by laying again the foundation that we keep coming back to and should never forget. We are saved by grace alone through faith in Christ’s work of redemption on our behalf alone. Once this salvation has occurred in our life and shown itself through repentance and a changed life by […]

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Context Matters

In biblical interpretation, context matters – a lot. The context of the passage dictates how it is to be interpreted. In missing this crucial point many Texts have been snatched out of their original context and given meanings they were never intended to have. Each Scripture or passage only has one meaning, not many. It […]

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The Power of the Preached Word

Romans 8:31-39 contains some of the most inspiring, beautiful, motivating promises in all of the New Testament. We are promised, if we are in Christ, that: God is for us, we have everything we need in Christ, no charges brought against us will stand, because God is our justifier, we cannot be condemned, Christ Himself […]

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God's Self-glorification

God, in His wisdom, has chosen to glorify Himself through saving sinners. This is wonderful news! The following is a post I wrote several months back as I was studying through Ephesians. Since this is one of my favorite topics, I thought I would repost it here. I’d love to here your thoughts on it. […]

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Rest in Christ!

I love how in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5:1 – 7:29) Jesus gives us the Beatitudes first! Christ gives us the promises of God saying you and I, as Christians, ARE blessed before He gets into telling us how we should respond in faith to these promises. We are not blessed because of […]

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Theology and HTML Code?

I believe the reason a lot of people don’t study their Bible more in depth or tackle theology and doctrine is because they don’t see how all this “stuff” relates to their daily lives. We live in such a pragmatic society that if someone can’t see how something directly effects their day to day life […]

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The Atoning Work of Christ

Being the beginning of Holy Week, I wanted to take a look at Christ’s death on the cross, or His atoning work. These are notes from my latest Sunday School lesson, so they’ll be in more of a bullet point format. It begins with His words at the Last Supper (Mt. 26:26-69). Atonement What is […]

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Thoughts From Ephesians 1

There are some major, overarching themes in Ephesians that are fantastic and empowering when we take some time and examine them. I’m not going to examine them all in detail in this post, but we’ll take a look at a few of them. God’s glory (majesty, holiness, apart-ness). – Eph. 1:6, 12, 14 God’s wisdom […]