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Christian Character Holiness

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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Christian Character Holiness

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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Christian Character Holiness

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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Christian Character Holiness

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 […]

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Christian Character

Christians Do Not Fear Men

Lately I have been thinking and praying a lot about taking on more active responsibility as a Christian. I’m asking God to help me with the fears of the unknown–you know, those intimidating “what if’s” concerning matters we have little or no experience with? According to Scripture, there is nothing we should ultimately fear except […]

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Grace and Law

More On The Burden Of Spiritual Disciplines

When our zeal for Christ is glowing hot, spiritual disciplines are never a duty. Why? Because increasing our zeal is the equivalent to increasing our appetite for food. When we focus on dying to ourselves, putting away our sin, thirsting for righteousness, our appetite for spiritual food increases. By pursuing holiness, we are inevitably drawn […]

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Children

Can We Idolize Our Children? A Biblical Response

A few days ago my four-year old asked my wife why Sunday was called “Sunday.” My wife went on to explain about how some pagan peoples named days of the week after pagan gods, and that some of those pagan peoples worshiped the sun as a deity. My daughter thought it was strange to worship […]

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Grace and Law

The Burden Of Daily Devotions

These are my thoughts on why I gave up the traditional “daily devotion.” If you have a busy unpredictable schedule and struggle with devotion time, I think you will be encouraged, while at the same time challenged. The Alternate View Several years ago I asked a pastor who I greatly admired what his daily devotions […]

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Missions

The Problem With Invisible Children

I’ve continued thinking a great deal about Invisible Children and their philosophy as a whole. I am not out to criticize them or bash them, but I am deeply concerned about their ideologies on Christian social justice that is becoming popular throughout mainstream Christianity. Invisible Children purposely portrays themselves as a secular organization to the world […]