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Finishing Well

Never has there been a story that started with such promise but ended so tragically. Its details are rehearsed in Bible classes and pulpits every Sunday. It began with 60,000 men (plus women and children) marching by tribe carrying their deceased (Exodus 13:19) and riches from their former lives (Exodus 12:36). They were protected, guided, and fed, by God and they even sang a song of thanksgiving and praise (Exodus 15:1-21). However, their story ended in ruin, failure, and defeat.…

Destructive Dogs and Anxious Hearts

Some of you may have met our dog, Presley. If you have met him, I will just say that I’m sorry. He loves all people but sometimes shows his love in very painful ways. He’s just about the picture-perfect mutt and we only know of him having German Shepherd and Husky in him. As it turns out, however, both of those breeds of dogs are known for having what you would call “separation anxiety.” Meaning that when their owners are…
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Parking Lot Lights & A Public Concern

Last Wednesday evening I was privileged to speak at the Lake Country congregation in Marble Falls, TX. The invitation was refreshing, and the visit was encouraging because it was the first like it, this summer. There have been no camps, no mission trips, and no summer series (until last Wednesday anyway). In a time of the year when we are usually the busiest, in many respects, life as normal has come to a halt. Then we drove home pulling into…
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Our High Priest

In Hebrews 8:1, the writer there says, “Now this is the main point of the things that we are saying…” This is a strangely convenient sentence when dealing with what the main subject matter of the book of Hebrews is that you do not often get in the books of the New Testament. He then proceeds to tell us what that main point is. He continues, saying, “…we have such a High Priest who is seated at the right hand…
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The Slavery of Freedom

It is with great joy and a sense of relief that Christians celebrate the freedom found in the sacrifice of Christ. There is no shame in such a celebration. After all, Jesus promised freedom by way truth (John 8:32) and James even called the law of Christ the law of liberty(Jam. 1:25). It is that promise of liberty that draws us to Christ in the first place. As slaves in and to sin, men made in the image of God…
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Generational Instruction

In Proverbs 4:1-5, the great Proverb writer and Proverb compiler, King Solomon is, as he often does, imparting wisdom. Speaking to either his literal children or perhaps to all of Israel, he said, “Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law. When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, He also taught me, and…
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Present Failure, Future Leader

In his book Sticky Leaders, Osborne argues that any meaningful change is brought about by those who have failed. He writes, “Make no mistake. It cannot be avoided. It’s the dark side of the creative process…failure is an integral part of the change process.” Since we are not born “leadership ready,” then we must learn, grow, and mature into being the leaders that God wants us to be. There is a reason that an elder is not to be a…
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Anarchy, Authority, & Ancient Truth

When the core principles of Christianity were revealed, they were revolutionary and progressive. They called for an overthrow of past ideals and the shedding of man-defined morality. Jesus highlighted this dramatic shift in the “you’ve heard it said” sections of the famed Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 5-7. Even the Old Testament prophets foresaw the coming of a King whose kingdom would “crush” all other kingdoms of the world (Dan. 2:44). Yet, Christians are not called to anarchy. …
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The Summarization of the Law

Perhaps you have heard this number repeated when speaking about things related to the Word of God: 613. A man named Rambam, a medieval Jewish scholar calculated that all of the laws contained in the first five books of the Old Testament were 613 in total. 613 is a large and daunting number to remember, however, there are certain phrases within the entirety of the Old Testament that can be used as a summary of all 613 laws. For instance,…
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Let’s Talk About Race

The greatest appeasement for racial tension and correction for social oppression is found in Jesus and His gospel. Then why, as His church, are we not making a greater difference? I suppose the complete answer is too complicated for one post, but I would offer three suggestions. Why are we failing? How can we do better? Here is some food for thought… We must remember that we are Christians first, but we are not Christians only. Neither our skin color…
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“Why Did God Have to be so Graphic?”

(Eze. 16:1-43; 23:1-35) The book of Ezekiel is personally one of my favorite books of the Bible. God through Ezekiel paints descriptive and often strange pictures through Ezekiel as He condemns the “rebellious house” of Israel (2:5). However, oftentimes this book that spans 48 chapters goes overlooked and unnoticed by the Lord’s Church. So, because that is true, you perhaps might not know that there are sections within the book of Ezekiel that some folks may not be comfortable repeating.…
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What If I Am Wrong?

Have you had a political discussion with anyone lately? Was it a discussion of differing viewpoints and disagreement? If so, you have probably witnessed and even participated in one of the most futile activities in human history. Ok, maybe that is a dramatic assessment. But it is safe to say that most enter such discussions with their viewpoint anchored in concrete and nothing short of dynamite could lose them from their starting point. This personal steadfastness on political issues does…
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