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Loving The Cross of Jesus

July 15, 2019

“Do you love the Lord’s work?” is a question we’d all do well to ask ourselves from time to time. Several years ago I heard a guest speaker comment on this very thought. He said that he was conducting a meeting in Kentucky and an old retired man in attendance talked to him each night […]

All Things

July 9, 2019

Romans 8:28-29 is a beautiful passage; one that we’ve all doubtlessly leaned upon.  Note how that in verse 28 Paul said, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”   What a great promise for God’s people. The God of this […]

Unity: Final Thoughts (6)

June 19, 2019

As I wrap up, at least for now, some thoughts on “oneness” and “unity,”  I find that such is anchored in two things: 1) paradigm, and 2) personal intent.  Having a theological paradigm which lends itself toward a healthy view of God and subsequent love of others is critical.  But without an honest personal desire […]

Doctrine and Compassion (Unity 5)

June 13, 2019

When it comes to “oneness” and “unity,” as I’ve mentioned, there have been mile markers that have served to tweak and forge my views.  In recent posts I mentioned such things as: For a people who preach unity we are quite divided If to be united we have to believe and do the same things, […]

Do You Have To Get It All Right? (Unity 4)

June 5, 2019

When it comes to “oneness” and “unity” you really cannot discuss such without addressing the question of fellowship.  If a person, in order to have a right relationship with Jesus, must “get it all right,” then the question of fellowship is something that necessitates proper understanding and application. Hence, it’s a most important and challenging […]

The Intent of the Heart (Unity 3)

May 29, 2019

“Oneness” and “unity” are such wonderful words, but without an all-inclusive list (see last week’s blog), how are we to attain such?  Since there are honest believers that draw different conclusions, what is “unity” to look like? There was an illustration I heard early on in my preaching that I used to use to show […]

The List (Unity 2)

May 23, 2019

“Oneness” and “unity” are such wonderful words, but what does it look like and how are we to attain it?  Those questions believers have pondered for centuries. For me, there was a time, after years of schooling and training, that I did not question a lot of things.  In a very real sense, although not […]

Ridiculously Divided (Unity 1)

May 14, 2019

Unity 1 “Oneness” and “unity” are such wonderful words.  And in some contexts, especially, they can be quite emotive — unity among friends, unity on a sports team, unity in a marriage, unity within a family and certainly unity among God’s people.  For a body of believers, that places such an overarching emphasis upon unity, […]

Spiritual Warfare (5)

May 1, 2019

When it comes to the spiritual battle, I’d like to close the discussion, at least for now, with several thoughts. Hopefully, they will serve to embolden us as we press forth in the battle of the Lord. First, it’s critical that we remember WHO the enemy is. Your adversary isn’t your neighbor, your spouse, your […]

Spiritual Warfare (4)

April 25, 2019

Last time I spoke to how Satan, although he is a fierce foe of God’s people, is fundamentally limited. Being a created being, he is neither ​omniscient ​(all-knowing) nor ​omnipotent ​(all-powerful). However, to deny his existence or to underestimate his influence in the world would be tremendously foolish. So if the devil is a foe […]