What is the Fear of God?

Many years ago I saw a new title by a favored author and I immediately purchased the book for two reasons:  one, I always benefited from all that author’s writings, and two, the book was on the topic of the fear of God, something I had struggled to comprehend as a believer.  So with anticipation […]

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Something for every person, redux

I originally wrote the post below almost 10 years ago. It is still (particularly) appropriate today, in the midst of the Covid-19 physical isolation. You have been a Christian for years.  Ministry seemed intimidating at first, but you’ve been involved in your church for a number of years, you’ve volunteered in some civic organizations, and […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles from around the internet: Jon Bloom offers “Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart.” David Murray reminds us, “All things for good.” Sin too?  All sin is evil. No sin is worth it. It’s always better that we not sin. However, sin is also part of the “all things” that God works together […]

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Help! Who can help me?

It became something of a western movie caricature — a family or group of families is moving into new territory and has no military protection.  They find themselves in a narrow crevasse, surrounded on both sides by steep cliffs.  Then high on one hill, they see a lone Indian scout.  All the members of the […]

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Courage for the hard things

Late in his ministry, the apostle Paul had been told by the Lord that he was to go to Jerusalem and that when he got there he would be imprisoned and suffer a variety of trials (cf. Acts 20:23).  And Paul received confirmation of his impending suffering from others (cf. 21:4, 11).  And while he […]

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Stand firm

In junior high I wasn’t much of a fighter.  I was big, but conflict and fights were of no interest to me.  However, junior high is a time when many boys/young men are interested in fighting as a means of demonstrating superiority, strength, and “manhood.” On one occasion, while walking home from school, I was […]

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