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Jun 30

2015

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Supreme Questions

This is a significant time in our country. I’ve been watching the chatter on social media for a few days and wanted share a few more thoughts about the Supreme Court’s decision to affirm gay marriage. I specifically want to address the Christian audience that might pay attention to my posts.

I’m not going to attempt here to share an exhaustive overview of this topic, but hope to make a few comments that might be helpful and point to some resources that might bring some clarity to what seems like a confusing issue.


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Jun 14

2013

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God’s Righteous Jealousy

Okay, time to ask a strange question to a primarily Christian audience.

What do you worship?

I know your Sunday School answer. I don’t need to hear that. Of course, you worship God. But what else do you worship?

Huh?

Let me define worship: You worship anything that you attach your ultimate happiness or identity to.

By that definition, you and I are tempted to worship a lot of things, aren’t we? Of course, there’s a natural joy we get out of the good things God gives, but when we over-desire something, it becomes sin. The Greek word is “epithumia” meaning “over-desire,” and is found in passages like 1 John 2:16: “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.”

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Jan 04

2012

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The Quiet Revival (That Some Are Missing)

And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12, ESV). Read more →

Nov 28

2011

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On the Gospel-Centered Train

Many in the church are now talking about being “gospel-centered” or “gospel-centrality.” What’s this all about? In Acts 29, the network our church is in (or at least will officially be in a few months), we’re often accused of having our own vocabulary. But the goal is not to be cool, but clear. Let’s break it down.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” Read more →

Nov 12

2011

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Doctrine

This past Sunday we heard a wonderful message from Pastor Kevin Maloney on Doctrine.  As one of the leaders in our church I couldn’t be happier with the job he did.  Pastor Kevin took a topic that is often controversial in our church culture and he made it understandable and applicable.  When our community group in Lima got together on Monday to discuss this topic I realized something:  Christ has entrusted to believers His true, pure Gospel knowing in full that we will sometimes not understand it, and maybe even distort it when we preach or teach. Read more →

Oct 26

2011

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Driven by Delight

When I lived under law, everything was driven by rules, principles, and duty. My spiritual disciplines were often empty, if not bankrupt, of delight. I remember praying repetitive prayers that sounded an awful lot like the prayers I’d prayed the day before. I remember extending prayer times, as if the length of the prayer made it more spiritual. I remember doing my Bible reading and then walking away asking, “What did I just read?” Read more →

Sep 13

2011

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His Righteousness, Not Mine

In Matt 6:33 Jesus tells us, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things will be added to you.” (ESV) What did he mean when he commanded us to seek God’s righteousness? Often times I think we mistakenly interpret this verse, “seek first the kingdom of God and” be righteous, but that is not what it says. Jesus tells us to seek “his righteousness.” Read more →

Jul 11

2011

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Escape the Christian Bubble

Anyone who has walked with the Lord for any length of time in the western world knows the temptation to get trapped in the Christian bubble–the Christian subculture that exists beneath the surface of our society. It’s a place where you can withdraw from the world and live with little to no interaction with the unsaved.

Is that Jesus plan for His people? Let alone his command to his people? Read more →

Apr 12

2011

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21 Elder Resolutions

We know what we are doing at GraceLife is serious and important. How we structure and serve the church as a leadership team has everything to do with the health and wholeness of many lives in our community of believers. Read more →

Mar 30

2011

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What’s an “Elder-Led” Church?

I’ve never been a fan of the one-rock-star-and-1000-minions model of local church leadership. I’ve seen too many churches and leaders suffer from it. But more than anything, I just don’t see the model in Scripture. What I do see is that Jesus left the world a council of elders, not one senior pastor and eleven department heads. And I see Paul the Apostle establishing councils of elders in the churches he planted (Acts 14:23). Read more →