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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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Glorious, Continuous Salvation!

[8] But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); [9] because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. […]

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Church Sign Confusion

Okay, so I’ve wrestled with this post for years–literally. I would write a few sentences, save, rewrite, save, delete, and so on. I would get it like I thought I wanted it, pray about posting it, and decide I probably shouldn’t because it may paint me as a church hater or it might not be […]

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Finding Comfort In Abraham

Romans 4 is largely Paul using Abraham to make a theological point–salvation through faith, not works. And yes, this chapter alone gives me great comfort, knowing that God saves sinners like me the same way He saved Abraham–through faith. But, taking a little closer look at Abraham’s life, seeing his struggles, seeing his failures, seeing […]

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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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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 […]

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Pride, Despair, or Rebellion: The 3 Outcomes of Legalism

What do we do with commands in the New Testament since we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone? Take Ephesians chapters 4 & 5 for example. They are chock full of commands and rules. If someone were to just pick up the Bible and flip to these two chapters and […]

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Some Really Great News!

This section of Scripture has captivated me for some time now. I pray that it always does. This is the best news in human history! This passage shows God’s wonderful mercy and grace toward us, who were and are helpless. He is the great Rescuer. This passage knocks in the head the notion that God […]

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Doctrine of Adoption Defined

I just recently began digging into the doctrine of adoption as I realized that I was very weak when it came to that area of my theology. I have a hard time accepting that God has made me His son and I get to receive the blessings and benefits promised to those who have been […]

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Sinners Saved by Grace or Children of the King?

There seems to be an ongoing debate in evangelicalism today concerning salvation. Well okay, several, but I want to discuss one out that tends to polarize Christians in America and one that I run into here in the South quite a bit.  Are Christians “sinners saved by grace”? Or are we “children of the King”? […]

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You've Got to do Something with Jesus

No matter what someone’s argument against God’s existence may be (atheism, evolution, etc)… They have to do something with Jesus. History indisputably records the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. No getting away from Him. Most will chalk Him up to being a good teacher, a good philosopher, religious leader or revolutionary. There’s only one problem […]

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What's Wrong with American Evangelicalism?

I have been asked before after one of my messages/classes to define what I mean by the terms “modern evangelicalism” or “American evangelicalism”… Since I tend to use them in a derogatory manner. I have tried to explain it, but never felt like I have done it full justice because it is such a vast […]

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Jesus Wrath Absorber

*Updated 7.18.10* I love looking back and seeing how God began revealing Himself fresh and anew to me as I sought Him with my whole heart. Praise God He continues to sanctify, teach, guide, and empower us Believers! I have gone back through this post and added a few clarifying statements and verses. Originally title […]

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Prayer, Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God

Again I had the privilege of speaking to our Wednesday night group at church while the pastor is out of town at a conference. I love teaching because it continually pushes me out of my comfort zone to where I have to depend on God. I’ve done it before on my own and it’s a […]