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Taste, and See that the Lord Is Good

Psalm 34

I know that God is good because the Bible says so. If that seems overly simplistic to you, let me word it another way. I am able to come to the knowledge of God's absolute goodness, holiness, and fairness because the Bible as a source of inspired and inerrant absolute truth objectively declares Him to be so. My …

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The Truth About the Knowability of Truth

Knowable Truth

Let me talk philosophy for a second. Truth is knowable. People debate that, but 2 + 2 = 4. Every. Single. Time. Just try to come up with a different answer. This is why I was always better at math than other subjects (until I sat next to Angie in Algebra - all downhill from there). I like that numbers always …

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Going Deeper Into the God of Comfort


C. S. Lewis said, "Pain is God's megaphone." Pain certainly has the potential to drive us deeper into Him. Paul mentioned this to his friends in Corinth when he said, "We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us." (2 Corinthians 1:7 NLT) And that was …

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Jesus-style Ministry is Ministry to the Broken


Jesus didn't come to make healthy people feel better about themselves. He came for the sick. He came for the broken. He came for those who could acknowledge their need for deep, soul healing. And he almost got killed for doing so. The first time Jesus revisited his hometown of Nazareth after having been …

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Generosity, Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Spirit-driven Generosity

Anyone can give. And most people do, to one degree or another. But for Christians, there is a whole new level of generosity that can be opened when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. Paul challenged the Corinthian believers, "Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, …

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For Freedom Christ Set Us Free

Really Be Free

Captivity does something to the human brain. Captivity trains us to act like captives. There have been instances of people having been kidnapped and held captive for long periods of time who, when faced with an opportunity to flee, actually choose to remain in captivity. In fact, that's what we often do …

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A Fiery Crucible for Your Heart


In one of Tom Cruise's newest movies, The Edge of Tomorrow, there is a line that gets repeated multiple times and really serves as the underlying plot as well as the big takeaway. Cage plays a soldier who winds up repeating a battle over and over... and over again, learning from his mistakes each time. His …

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Mary Poppins Theology: Enough Is As Good As a Feast

Enough, Mary Poppins

The Disney classic Mary Poppins turned 20 and came out of the vault when I was seven years old and going through a phase of life in which I was convinced I should be allowed to have a pet penguin... in Kentucky. When it was re-released from the vault again on its 40th anniversary, I bought a DVD copy so my …

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It’s Not That We DON’T Know, It’s That We WON’T Know…

Don't Worry

The "wrath of God" is a touchy subject in our current culture, partly because we have a broken sense of fairness. We have the assumption that what we think we know ought to count in the place of what we really should know about God. In our arrogance, we assume that our postulations and philosophies are so …

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Why Do Christians See the Hobby Lobby Decision as a Big Win?

Hobby Lobby

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a ruling today in the rather controversial Hobby Lobby religious liberty case. It was extremely significant in that it ultimately upheld the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and made it clear that closely held corporations cannot be separated from the …

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