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And God in Worship Is the Potter . . .

[N]ot all sins are decisions. Because we tend to be intellectualists who assume that we are thinking things, we construe temptation and sin accordingly: we think temptation is an intellectual reality, where some idea is presented to us that we then think about and make a conscious choice to pursue (or not). But once you […]

Which Promise Will You Lean On?

“One thing Moses faced if he didn’t bow to sin was a life of ‘mistreatment’ and ‘disgrace’ (Hebrews 11:25–26). These are the threats of punishment for disobeying the law of sin (which is to obey God). All sorts of evil, trouble, and danger are promised in this world to those who follow Christ, and sin […]

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So That’s How We Got Our Culture . . .

. . . Our culture-making, our work, is generated as much by what we want as by what we believe. We are made to be makers, but as makers we remain lovers. So if you are what you love, then you make what you love . . . James K. A. Smith, You Are What You […]

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Your Labor – in the Lord – Is Not in Vain

Today the governor prohibited churches from meeting indoors. This is obviously not the direction we hoped for. You can pray for the elders, as we discuss our next steps.  But for now, for you who have put so much time and sweat into our new facility:  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding […]

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Demons Work Frenetically, Too

“Ultimately, the agony of temptation is not about you or me. We’re targeted because we resemble Jesus, our firstborn brother. We all, whether believers or not, bear some resemblance to Jesus because we share with him a human nature in the image of God. As we come to find peace with God through Jesus, though, […]