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Romans: Greetings and Gospel

Greetings and Gospel “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures…” (Romans 1:1-2 ESV) You see Paul’s name at the beginning of the letter. This was the custom of the day. You began with…

Broken and Blessed

The Present Family – Broken & Blessed My encouragement today is for you to see the blessing and curses of your family as part of a bigger story. How? The blessings of family are remnant gifts from creation In this way, the experience of human family, especially a Christian family, tells the whole story of…

Help for the Digitally Drowning Family

Tony Reinke, in his book, 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You, asks questions about our smartphone use, among them are: “Do my smartphone habits expose an underlying addiction to untimely amusements? Do my smartphone habits reveal a compulsive desire to be seen and affirmed? Do my smartphone habits distract me from genuine communion with God?…

When a Family Member Annoys

Five Strategies for Dealing with an Annoying Family Member Overlook the annoyance/offense “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11 ESV) Proverbs is written to describe practical Christian living. Over the years, this verse has come to my mind regularly as I am deciding whether…

The Crazy Busy Family

Helps for the Crazy Busy Family Identify the idols behind the busy Idols are good things elevated to ultimate things. It is easy to pick on Martha here. Meals are good. Silverware is needed. Jesus ate many meals, and all of them required preparation. There’s nothing wrong with any of that and it certainly can…

Born a Redeemer

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4–5 ESV) These two verses summarize God’s whole outworking of our salvation and how Jesus’ birth on Christmas…

A Woman, a Dragon, and a Deliverer II

“And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a…

A Woman, a Dragon, and a Deliverer

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon,…

Stretching and Sharing in Gospel Joy

Three Reasons for Christian Cultural Flexibility in Making Disciples To win more  “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22 ESV) “Save some.” Paul realized that in spite of our best efforts many will not believe and will reject Jesus. But humanly speaking, by…

Why the Gospel Fuels Generosity

I want to let the Apostle Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, summon all of us to the generous life as the godliest and most meaningful life we can experience. “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe…