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A Savior is Born, Who is Christ The Lord

A little over 2000 years ago, Rome, the greatest world power that the earth has ever known was rising as an empire under its founder Caesar Augustus. The emperor claimed that his deceased adoptive father, Julius Caesar, was divine and that he himself was the son of the divine and lord over all. It is…

Skilled at Self-Deception

Fifteen years ago, I found myself making a lot of excuses. I had become pretty good at it actually. I had excuses for every thought, action and life choice that I knew deep down didn’t conform to God’s will. I knew deep down, but on the surface I had convinced myself that either it was…

Something To Look Forward To

Peanuts character Charlie Brown once said, “The secret of happiness is having three things to look forward to and nothing to dread.” I tend to agree with him. I’m always looking forward to something: Thanksgiving, Christmas, what’s next? I don’t like to be stagnant or bored for too long and so looking forward to something…

Stewardship

Whenever I think of the topic of greed or selfishness, Daffy Duck always pops into my mind. There is an old episode of Looney Tunes where he and Bugs Bunny are going on vacation. Bugs is leading the way, takes a wrong turn at Albuquerque, and ends up inside of a cave. While he is…

Compassion

I was sitting down waiting for my club sandwich and for some reason I took notice of a man across the way. He was dressed fairly middle class, but there was something strange about him; something I couldn’t pinpoint. I thought to myself, “If given the opportunity could I love this man like Jesus does?”…

Viewing Humanity the Way God Does

In the 8th grade I had one of the absolute most embarrassing moments of my life. We were just finishing up football practice and headed back to the locker room. I was on the “B” team and our “A” team quarterback, who was not a very cool guy, playfully shouted some smack talk my way….

Do We Really Need The Church?

There were once three pastors who found that all of their churches had bat-infestation problems. “I got so mad,” said one, “I took a shotgun and fired at them. It made holes in the ceiling, but did nothing to the bats.” “I tried trapping them alive,” said the second. “Then I drove 50 miles to…

Living for The Good of Our Neighbor

‘I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.’ – 1 Corinthians 9:22 Paul placed the glory of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ as his supreme goal…

Overthinking Our Purpose

In realizing our purpose in Christ it is important that we realize that we are special in the eyes of God, but also that we are simply cogs in the context of his greater plan. Sometimes Christians will voice frustration and confusion with finding God’s purpose for their life. The problem often is that they…

Lives Matter

As Christians we have to show compassion to those who are hurting from the decision to undergo an abortion. It’s much like the homeless person on the street. It’s easy to say, “Well why should I show them compassion? They’re homeless because they’re a drug addict.” But what got them there? Have you ever walked…

Was Jesus Married?

Some people say that Jesus wasn’t married, but that is false. His wife is broken, but beautiful. She hasn’t always been the perfect wife, but he has loved her still the same. His relationship with her has been a model for all men to strive after. Her name is Ekklésia, the church, and she is…

Tuning in to God

Don’t just start your day with God, take him with you. That’s the beauty of serving a God who dwells in his children through his Holy Spirit. He is there with you in every decision, every encounter of every day. You just have to be tuned in. “Pray without ceasing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “For…

Hiding from God

When sin first entered the world we find something immediately and strikingly different than before. Adam and Eve, who once stood before God unashamed and walking in perfect relationship with their Creator, now find themselves hiding. Then when they are called out by God they begin to pass the blame. And so the same pattern…

Secured Victory

Imagine if your favorite NFL team was able to travel in time to the end of the season and win the Lombardi Trophy. Then they are transported back because the season still had to be played out. Imagine the confidence they would play with. Even in the losses, they would know there is ultimate victory….

Remember the Ministry Entrusted to Us

The early Christians didn’t come with a sword. They came with the light of the gospel. They stood firm in the truth, but their love is what defined them. In fact they went to their grave (in horrible ways) not wishing that their persecutors would perish, but rather that they would turn and be saved….

Why the Gospel is Social and Political

I have to admit I’m not a big fan of politics. In my experience, rather than bring unity, it tends to divide. Much of the attitudes I have witnessed fly directly in the face of the gospel. Politics and Christianity don’t seem to mix in a lot of regards. On the other hand, many Christians have…

Karma Christianity

I’ve posted about this several times in the past, but the concept keeps popping back up. Karma is a foreign concept to Christianity. It is Hindu in origin. It has to do with reincarnation and what we do in this life contributing to our status in the next. Do we reap what we sow? Often…

Undoing The Effects of Sin

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” BUT grace can bring you back. You may be reading this and wouldn’t dare admit it, but you have lost your way and aren’t even sure how you…

A God You Love to Live For

You sports fans have heard of coaches that players just love to play for. They’ll give them everything they got because of the love, honor and respect they have for their coach. That’s how it is living for God for the Christian. He isn’t a God that’s like a calloused father who is impossible to…

Pet Doctrines

Sometimes I’m glad to just be an ordinary pastor. I still fight pride, but I think there is at least one advantage when it comes to continued Christian learning. To be famous and have such a life investment in a certain theological idea through years of authorship, speaking engagements, etc., it would seem to me…