The Weary World Rejoices

In Matthew 11, Jesus makes an invitation that seems custom made for this time of year.  28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I was a senior in college in the spring of 1991. That year a song by the British punk rock band, the Clash, went to number one, although it was originally recorded in 1981.The song? Should I Stay or Should I Go? That is the question being asked to Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:10-24. Should […]

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I Want to be Free, Too

After my first meeting with Terry, one characteristic stood out. Not a physical characteristic. It was nothing about how he dressed or looked on the outside. He wore ordinary shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes. He ordered a normal breakfast and we engaged in non-spectacular conversation. But there was something about him that affected me […]

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Jesus is not Enough

Something unexpected happened this morning as I was driving home from making some returns at Wal-Mart. The sky was a bright blue. Not hazy at all. Incredibly clear. A CD was playing. Yes, a CD. I drive a 2005 Honda Pilot. The lyrics of the song followed the words of 1 Peter 1:3-9. 3 Praise be […]

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The “HOW” of the Christian Life

In his classic, True Spirituality (a book I consider “essential and foundational reading” for every believer), Francis Schaeffer writes concerning the how of the Christian life. “I became a Christian once for all upon the basis of the finished work of Christ through faith; that is justification. The Christian life, sanctification, operates on the same basis, […]

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A Mother’s Influence

As we think about leadership over the next three Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being in charge and giving orders as it is about having influence in the life of another human being.As we think about leadership over the next three Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being […]

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The Gospel is BAD News

I am pleased to introduce you to a friend and guest blogger, Dave McCarty, who leads a ministry called GospelFriendships, which exists “to champion Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, in hopes that the Spirit transforms us Christians to become such undone, contrite, humble, lovers of Jesus and others, that the seculars around us want what we […]

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How to Sleep Like a Baby

This is part 10 in the Growing in Grace teaching series. Listen here: There is a story about a man who so tired of his anxiety that he paid someone $1,000,000 a year to worry for him. A friend asked, “You are not a wealthy man. How are you going to pay him $1,000,000 a […]

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