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Taste, and See that the Lord Is Good

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 experience isn't what proves His goodness - His word does that with our without my feelings on the issue. But in spite of the fact that the Bible declares God's …

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The Truth About the Knowability of 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 work the exact same way while who writes the best English paper is such a subjective issue. I've noticed a trend in Christianity recently in which certain doctrines or …

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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 right after He called God "the God of all comfort." I don't know why we suffer. I can't explain the existence of evil or why bad things happen to good people. I have …

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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 baptized, he went to the synagogue to participate in Sabbath worship. Young man would often participate in the service by reading from the Scriptures. So someone handed Jesus …

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Generosity, Empowered by the Holy Spirit

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, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving." (2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT) Paul knew that the …

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For Freedom Christ Set Us 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 spiritually as well. Paul wrote in Galatians 5:1, "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." You see, at one …

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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 commanding officer, Master Sergeant Farell, tells him on the morning of every repeat that, "Glorious combat (is) the fiery crucible, where the only true heroes are …

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Mary Poppins Theology: Enough Is As Good As a Feast

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 two-year-old Ella could enjoy it the way I did. And one of my favorite lines from Mary, whom I consider to be a pretty decent theologian, was offered in response to a …

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

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 amazing, God should somehow be impressed with the conclusions we've made up about Him. And if He is still upset about our lack of response and obedience to Him, then He's …

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

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 individual identities of their owners. I, along with many other Christians, are elated that the decision went the way it did. It will be used to uphold religious freedom for …

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