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Our Groans, God’s Good

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ESV) What is the Assurance From our Sovereign God? The guarantee – for good What is the greatest evil or injustice ever done in human history? The murder of…

From Groans to Glory: Our Bodies

Do you like your body? Do you look at your body and groan a little? Do you have aches and pains you didn’t used to have? Are you better looking this week than you were last week? Do you view your body as part of God’s saving plan for your future? Do you view eternity…

From Groans to Glory: Creation

Some years ago, we had a funeral and said goodbye to a pillar of the community. Bob Brown had taught at Crown Point schools for years and he was a football coach. Even after retirement, he rarely missed a Crown Point Bulldogs football game. A lot of people showed up for the viewing and funeral.…

On Saying Goodbye

Who likes saying goodbye? Nobody. The hardest goodbyes are the permanent earthly ones. Holidays are hard, especially for those who have recently grieved the loss of a loved one. As a pastor, I often hear about “the first year” of grief. The first Thanksgiving and the first Christmas provide an unwelcome reminder of who isn’t…

Sons and Daughters of Abba

The Holy Spirit – Adoption Agency “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:15 ESV) I’m going to assume all of us are familiar with human adoption. I’m also going to…

Killing Sin by the Spirit

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13 ESV) The key phrase here is, “put to death the deeds of the body.” The Greek word for put to death is used 11 times…

Freedom and Life in the Holy Spirit

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6 ESV) Here are two motivations with two very different results. The flesh leads to death. Yes, physical death, but even in life the flesh-led life is a kind of dying. Death…

No Condemnation If…

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2 ESV) No Condemnation Means _____________. This word “condemnation” includes more in the Greek than its common use in…

Loving God’s Image Everywhere

All Human Life is Sacred Because it Bears God’s Image I would hope all Christians would say yes to this, but do we know why? Do we know why we recoil in horror at a mass murder like Sandy Hook or Las Vegas? Why should we recoil in horror at the thought of a mother…