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Sex: It’s About More Than You Think

What Sex is About Every generation thinks they discovered sex or somehow improved it. Ironically, it is the oldest thing about us. Despite all these centuries, if you were to ask the average person on the street, what is sex about? I doubt they would have much more than a, “Dude, come on. It’s sex.…

Your God Won’t Save You, But Jesus…

“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” (Romans 1:24–25 ESV) Embrace the Lie: Something Other Than…

The Greatest Explanation of our World…Ever

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21 ESV) Last week Stephen Hawking died. Incredible mind. Incredible determination to do life from a wheelchair. Brilliant. Genius. Off the charts. But he…

The Majesty of God and the Misery of Man

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly…

I am Not Ashamed

The Potency of the Gospel – The Power of God “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it…

Think, Pray, & Long Like an Apostle

Longings Marked by Love “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that   is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to…

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…