Thanksgiving everyday

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We have opportunities throughout the day, everyday to either be thankful or thankless.

I heard someone ask the question a few days ago, “Why does God make some people more miserable than others?” I was struck by that. There are certainly some people who have different challenges in life than others do. Continue reading “Thanksgiving everyday”

500 years of Reformation

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500 years ago today, the history of the church, of Europe, and of the western world were forever changed in the town of Wittenberg Germany. Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses, a list of grievances against corrupt and unbiblical practices within the Catholic Church. The impact of this event continues to ripple throughout the Christian world.

Luther was not the first person to call for reform in the church. Continue reading “500 years of Reformation”

Scripture and the Reformation: our infallible authority

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500 years ago this month, the history of the church, of Europe, and of the western world were forever changed in the town of Wittenberg Germany. Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses, a list of grievances against corrupt and unbiblical practices within the Catholic Church. The impact of this event continues to ripple throughout the Christian world.

Luther was not the first person to call for reform in the church. Continue reading “Scripture and the Reformation: our infallible authority”

Dark day in the city of lights

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I’ve never been in a war. But I see the clips from Las Vegas, and it looks like a war zone. I can’t imagine the chaos when facing that barrage of bullets.

Whenever these tragedies happen, there are incredible stories of heroism. They say the shooting lasted for roughly ten minutes. It’s incredible that a person who was so well armed, shooting from a distance, was able to get tracked down so quickly. People stepping up to take care of strangers. There will undoubtedly be stories of people who died to save lives. People who shielded loved ones with their own bodies, valuing the life of another ahead of their own. There are always those stories in the face of evil. And I think that’s what we should remember. There are more people who want to help than to harm. Continue reading “Dark day in the city of lights”

A priest, two goats, and salvation

 

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For observant Jews all over the world, this evening, the Day of Atonement is remembered. The Day of Atonement is the most holy of days in the Jewish calendar. It’s an annual picture of forgiveness that people could have. While Christians don’t celebrate this day, it’s one worth studying because everything about it points to Christ and the gospel.

Atonement refers to God’s work of dealing with our sin. Because of sin, the relationship between man and God has been broken. Continue reading “A priest, two goats, and salvation”

Where I was on 9/11

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Adapted from an essay of the same title, originally published September 11, 2011

I thought it was an accident. When my high school principal announced over the PA system that the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. I distinctly remember hearing someone in the back of the class mutter, “terrorism.”

It’s an interesting juxtaposition sixteen years later. In some ways, it seems like a lifetime ago. While at the same time, I remember it like it was yesterday. Almost every year on September 11, I watch different documentaries about that day. And it’s never any less shocking that that happened. Continue reading “Where I was on 9/11”

There’s no such thing as a Christian who has not been born again

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Being born again is another word for the doctrine of “regeneration.” It is a supernatural work that God does within a person who comes to faith. All Christians are born again because all Christians have experienced regeneration. There’s no such thing as an unregenerate Christian. That’s not a Christian!

Being born again is about coming to Christ, turning away from sin, and trusting in Jesus as your Lord and savior. And when we come to him, there is grace. There is forgiveness for our sins. Continue reading “There’s no such thing as a Christian who has not been born again”