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Holding Our Thoughts And Affections Captive

Little time today to write, but one thing I’ve been wrestling heavily with is the theme of holding “every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5). This is very powerful and convicting language. The Greek means literally “to lead away.” Paul says that ALL thoughts–not some–must be led away from disobedience and towards obedience […]

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Christian Character Marriage

It Is Not Good For Man To Be Alone, Part 3

This is the third and final post in the series discussing the creation of Adam and God’s reparation of his aloneness. In this post I focus on two ways in which Eve specifically fulfills Adam’s aloneness as his suitable helper. You can also read Part 1, and Part 2. I hope this is a blessing […]

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The Cost Of Following Christ

I wanted to share a quote I found very encouraging from J.C. Ryle’s book Holiness (free here) on the cost of following Christ: In the last place, it will cost a man the favour of the world. He must be content to be thought ill of by man if he pleases God. He must count it no […]

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Christian Character Marriage

It Is Not Good For Man To Be Alone, Part 2

In my last post, I briefly discussed how the aloneness of Adam signified an intentionally incomplete aspect of God’s creation. God purposefully made Adam alone with a goal in mind. In this post I want to begin the discussion about how God met that goal with the creation of Eve by addressing the meaning of […]

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Christian Character Marriage

It Is Not Good For Man To Be Alone, Part 1

With the next few posts I want to discuss some aspects about God’s creation of mankind and explore the significance of relationships and marriage from a creation-oriented perspective. In other words, I want to see what can be learned about relationships and marriage from the creation account and then apply. To start, I want to […]

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Don’t Try Back Handsprings Without Training

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. (Proverbs 19:2 ESV) This Proverb really struck me today, firstly because its meaning isn’t as obvious as other Proverbs (it isn’t for me, anyway). In other translations the Hebrew word for “desire” is instead rendered “soul.” After looking more […]

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Christian Character Technology

The Battle For Careful Speech In The World Of Facebook And Other Social Media

One thing the Lord has really been working on in my own heart is the issue of careful speech. American Christians in particular face extra challenges due to living in a culture that encourages self-expression and individuality. One of the products of this culture I believe is the explosion of blogging, Facebook, and other forms […]

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How To Acquire Christian Zeal: Holiness, Part 2

In continuing the series discussing the holiness that produces Christian zeal, I want to take a look at following passage from Paul to the church in Corinth. What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them […]

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How To Acquire Christian Zeal: Holiness, Part 1

Haven’t had time to write today, but wanted to share this challenging and convicting quote by J.C. Ryle from his great book Holiness which I’m currently reading: You may say, “It was never meant that all Christians should be holy, and that holiness, such as I have described, is only for great saints, and people of […]

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Christians, We Are Commanded To Be Zealous For Christ

Did you know that Christians are commanded to be zealous for the Lord? It’s not just a recommendation or a goal. Christians (and not just full-time ministers) are expected to be fervent in spirit. I find this incredibly self-convicting, and I hope to convict you as well. Let me explain. Paul said to the church at […]