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Holy Spirit: Down Payment on Infinite Glory

Pastor Chuck delivered a sermon recently about the Holy Spirit. He is God within us, sent by the Father to be our counselor and helper after Jesus was taken into Heaven (John 14:16-17). He is the guarantee of our inheritance, or the down payment on what has been promised to us (Eph. 1:13-14). He is…

Is God’s love simple or complex?

What does it mean to say, “God is love?” In what way does God love the whole world? Human love is the most confounding and mystical of our earthly experiences. How then shall we understand the love of God? Is His love the easiest thing to understand about God, or possibly the hardest? Early in…

When I picture Jesus

Many American living rooms have a framed picture of Jesus. Why do folks do that? Some may like the notion of Jesus watching over us, like some heavenly ADT system. Some may see Jesus as the ultimate family-friendly hero. Some may use the Jesus picture just to call Him to mind. For others, it’s strictly…

How many races are there?

In the children’s song “Jesus Loves the Little Children” there are variants for the lines that attempt to include all the races of children that Jesus loves. Some sing, “red and yellow, black and white,” while others sing the slightly more detailed version, “red, brown, yellow, black, and white.” So which is it? Are there…

Contrast

Born to a sinful man who tried to teach me faith, instead I inherited his constant need for grace. Like countless others born on that day. Like countless others born the same way. My life was serving the god of my gut: Ignored the Love self-worship cut. Vain-hoping to avoid the reaper, but I’m a…

God interfered!

From his deathbed, John Allen of the Salvation Army reportedly proclaimed, “I deserve to be damned; I deserve to be in hell; but God interfered!” How does that sound, fellow believer? Is that how you’d explain your standing before God? I find much to love in this brother’s formulation of his life story. In particular,…

The Truth of how Christians should think about voting?

Like moths to a flame so are we drawn to the unfolding non-fiction-fiction of the 2016 Presidential Election. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say we are like moths to an apocalyptic bonfire. We, as a nation, so it seems, are flying at full speed toward our own destruction cheering and singing along the…

Ask Me Why

  Much of my life looks, sounds, and feels pretty much like your typical white, suburban, tech-trained family man. Da wife, da kids, da job, da Pack – like so many others. I don’t dress like John the Baptist. I don’t eat like him either. I don’t even put bumper stickers on my car. So,…

John 15:9-13

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you so that my joy may be in you,…

Trials and Judgment

Life is full of joy and pain. I long for the day when Jesus comes back and our joy will be made complete and pain is gone forever.  But in this life we cannot escape trials and pain. Unlike what many prosperity gospel preachers will tell you, Jesus didn’t make any promise to Christians that…