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Reflection on Genesis 40 & Mark 8 (June 6, 2014) - Genesis 40 ends with Joseph being forgotten by Pharaoh's cupbearer whom he helped in prison. But we learn in the next chapter that God had an awesome purpose for his delay in rescuing Joseph. Where are you in your own... (Keep Reading Reflection on Genesis 40 & Mark 8)
The Power of the Gospel (October 13, 2013) - "The power of the gospel comes in two movements. It first says, 'I am more sinful and flawed than I ever dared believe,' but then quickly follows with, 'I am more accepted and loved than I ever dared hope.'" -... (Keep Reading The Power of the Gospel)
When to Stop Reading the Bible (July 8, 2013) - "Do not expect always to get an emotional charge or a feeling of quiet peace when you read the Bible. By the grace of God you may expect that to be a frequent experience, but often you will get no... (Keep Reading When to Stop Reading the Bible)
The Deciding Factor in Salvation (March 3, 2013) - "Calvinism and Arminianism both affirm that God has chosen not to save everyone; the paths diverge over whether God's electing grace or our free will is the deciding factor in salvation. In the Calvinist account, though, God's love is finally... (Keep Reading The Deciding Factor in Salvation)
Justification is a Verdict (February 19, 2013) - "Justification is a verdict, a declaration, that one who is actually unrighteous in oneself is righteous before God solely on the basis of Christ's righteousness being credited through faith alone. Therefore, justifying righteousness is not infused into us but... (Keep Reading Justification is a Verdict)
Awakening a Hunger for God (September 23, 2012) - Studying and preaching on the spiritual discipline of fasting. I found this quote by Piper provoking: "If you don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are... (Keep Reading Awakening a Hunger for God)
The Secular Beatitudes (July 8, 2012) - Today I preached a message on the beatitudes called "The Good Life." As I studied Jesus' words I was reminded of how backwards the values of the kingdom of heaven are compared to the kingdom of this earth. They completely... (Keep Reading The Secular Beatitudes)
David by Walter Chantry (April 28, 2012) - The last book my mother gave me before she passed away was David: Man of Prayer, Man of War by Walter Chantry. It had been a great encouragement to her during a difficult season and she wanted me to read... (Keep Reading David by Walter Chantry)
Never Give Up (April 24, 2012) - For the last three Sundays in April at Covenant Life, our series title is "Never Give Up," drawn from Luke 18:1, where we find Jesus teaching his disciples that they "should always pray and never give up." We're looking... (Keep Reading Never Give Up)
Why We Need Doctrine (November 12, 2011) - For different reasons a lot of Christians in my generation and older generations are leery of too much emphasis on doctrine. They have come to equate doctrine with church splits, hate mail, arrogance, and angry diatribes. They have seen how... (Keep Reading Why We Need Doctrine)
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