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Be Desperate

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“Tender, heartfelt worship is hard for a person who thinks of himself as having arrived. No one celebrates the presence and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ more than the person who has embraced his desperate and daily need of it.” – Paul Tripp (Dangerous Calling, pg. 23)

True Glory Lifts Up

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This tangenetic thread of thought was inspired by a quote I heard from Ravi Zacharias in one of his podcast episodes. I do not recall which one but you can find his podcasts linked on his website, http://rzim.org/media/listen. The quote is by F.W. Boreham in his essay titled “The Poppies And The Corn,” discussing their mutual glory; There is a very lovable thing about poppies in the corn that I can never sufficiently admire. The poppies never belittle the corn, they glorify it. You’d think not the less but the more …

7 Reasons Christmas Might Be More Important

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Visit a Christian church any time of the year and the Cross will most likely be mentioned, as it should. The sacrificial death of Christ is obviously a climatic point within the arch of Scripture. However, churches often stop at the Cross and neglect to discuss much about the resurrection. I mean, yeah, we do but the weight of our message and time spent is unequivocally centered on the death of Jesus and not His resurrection. Then, once a year, we really emphasize His resurrection just as, once a year, …

The Rise of Victimhood

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Counseling is something I just happen to do. As a student pastor, there are many hats to wear and counselor is definitely one of them. For some reason, counseling comes naturally to me. Other than one college course (maybe two…don’t really recall), I haven’t had any official training or education in counseling. My hunch is that my natural knack for it comes from my personal wiring and that I’ve learned the art of bluffing. I am a good liar. My default defense mechanism is to bluff. I am both proud and ashamed …

Tower of Babel

East of God – West of Man

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If you pay close attention as you read through the first chunk of Genesis, you will notice a directional movement of people. When Adam and Eve are exiled from Eden, they go east (Genesis 3:24). Then Cain wanders east (Genesis 4:16). Later, God brings Noah back west when He reboots humanity. Then in Genesis 11:2 we read, “It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.” The “they” here is referencing mankind and Shinar would later be known as Babylon. …

“Where are you?”

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“I’m just a sinner.” You may have heard it before. Sometimes they add a qualifier to the end, such as, “…saved by grace” or “…in need of a Savior.” On the surface, it sounds pious and humble. Such sayings are often innocent attempts at being accepting of each other’s flaws or sometimes less innocent attempts of minimizing our flaws. In general, I’m fine with it. I understand the basic idea and point. However, the more I’ve chewed on the underlying idea, the more it tastes rotten. Romans 6 has this rhetorical question: “How …

I Blog Therefore I am

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I suppose this should have been my first. The actual first post was a concept fresh on my mind and I had been putting off writing for so long that I had to start with that. Perhaps, it would have been better if I allowed it to stew in the pot for a touch longer. This post is to set what I expect to accomplish through my plunge into the endless abyss that is the blogosphere. It seems everyone and their dog have blogs these days and the world may be better for it. …