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God Has Great Ambitions For You

God never peddles Christianity as a spiritual benefits package to be enjoyed without challenges or adversity. He knows we're going to go through some hard stuff. He remembers that we are made of dust. And He is all too familiar with our sin nature and how incapable we are of achieving perfection in our own power. But He never softens His challenge. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus actually lifts up the highest possible standard... Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly …

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Where Exactly Do We Stand?

Even though none of us actually plays by the rules (according to Romans 3:10, 23), we still try rather hard to do so. We've all sinned and fallen short, but in our broken condition, we just keep on plugging away in hopes that in eternity all of our trying and fighting and working will somehow qualify us for heaven in God's eyes. Most of us find ourselves living a rules-based life. We have an assumption that our Creator will someday evaluate our performance to see if we've …

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How Can I Be Legalism Free?

I like rules, lines, and boundaries. I feel safer if I have clear parameters, which explains my love for graph paper. I like it when everything is nice and tidy. The problem is, life isn't always nice and tidy. People around me don't always play by my rules, and I'm the biggest boundary breaker of them all. It would seem that the alternative to rules-based living would be no rules living, rebellion, and abandonment of moral restraint. But what if that isn't the best …

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Thank God for His Boundaries

Our condo is two floors, with all the living space upstairs over the garage, so when you come in, you go upstairs. At the top of the stairs is a gate with a lock. This is a good thing, because Sam just started crawling and he heads for the gate all the time. So the rule is ALWAYS check the lock on the gate. Boundaries are good. Why is it that we, as humans, have such a problem with boundaries? Isaiah said that like sheep, we have all gone astray. We've turned every one of …

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God Took Me To School About My Rules

Yesterday, we headed to Treasure Island Beach. It's a beautiful spot in Laguna Beach hidden away behind the Montage Resort. You have to hike a bit to get down to it, but once you're there, you're enclosed between two beautiful cliffs. We put our towels down about 50 feet from the wet sand to make sure we were out of reach of the waves, then Ella and I headed down toward the water to start a sand castle empire bump. Ella has a bit of a fear of the waves and was a little …

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