30 Seconds On the Gospel

There is no greater force for good in the world than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It changes men from the bones out. It alters what they love and why. It makes men right with God so they can in turn be right with their neighbors. It instills reckless love, unshakeable peace, hope that will... Continue Reading →

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This Man Deserves It

 For all his fornications, he is guilty.  For his selfish manipulations and lusts, every teenage violation of his future wife, he is unquestionably guilty.  For all of his anger, his petty hatreds and grudges (which he so often carries deep under his skin, where he thinks no one can see), he is guilty.  The... Continue Reading →

Don’t Take This Personally

No one's life has ever been made better by taking more things personally.  With each gesture, each word or tone of voice that I choose to take as an affront to my worth or goodness I make myself a little more miserable and a little more insufferable.  That child who just rolled his eyes at... Continue Reading →

Let This War Kill Him

One of the most freeing parts about being a Christian is being on the right side in a war that's already been won.   And one of the villains who has been laid down in that war is all of the worst things inside of yourself.   We're preaching through the Sermon on the Mount... Continue Reading →

15 Seconds For the Bitter

   Often, the chain that binds your heart to bitterness is self-righteousness.  It's the controlling, constant belief that you did not deserve what was done to you.  And so you can't forgive.  You can't stop re-living it.  You can't stop hating.   If that's you, let go of the illusion that you are intrinsically righteous,... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds On Grace

   Christian, the grace you extend is the grace you really believe in.  If you do not forgive the sins and mistakes of others, it is because, regardless of what you say, you do not approach God with the posture of one who has been forgiven of wrongdoing.   Instead, you see yourself as more righteous... Continue Reading →

A Father Story

A man had a son, whom he loved and raised. Everything a dad should be to a boy, this man was. He taught him right from wrong, he provided for his needs, and he always had the boy's best interests at heart. But through no fault of this father's, as the boy became a teenager... Continue Reading →

15 Seconds On Eleos

   Mercy is what founded the church.  The impenetrable walls of the Kingdom of Christ, the ink of His redemptive Story, is the unmerited love of God.  His inexplicable, unsearchable adoration for His formerly wretched people.   The power that held back the deep waters of an Egyptian sea for Moses and that killed 185,000 soldiers... Continue Reading →

60 Seconds on Free Will

   The reason why grace is grace is that the freest will in the universe is God's.  If in salvation man's will were determinative, if a human being's will to be saved was the scale-tipper instead of God's will to save him, then God would ultimately be beholden to His creature's will.  The deciding factor... Continue Reading →

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