Of Infinite Value

We traveled down to South Carolina this weekend, driving through torrential rain storms, the kind where drivers turn on their emergency blinkers and slow down to a snail’s pace. Whenever we travel on a weekend, we always plan ahead of time where we will be worshipping on Sunday. This trip, we decided to visit First […]

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Faithful in the Present

Our theology may be true or it may be false, but one thing is certain—we all have a theology that we confess even if we deny the existence of God. Whether we live our lives consistently with our truth claims is another matter. But I’m not thinking so much of apologetics today as I am […]

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Happy Father’s Day

J. C. Ryle writes, “ It is the highest privilege to be the child of a godly father and mother and to be brought up in the midst of many prayers.” Between the years 1960 and 2016, the percentage of children living in families with two parents decreased from 88 to 69. So today, Father’s […]

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A Blueprint for Ark Builders

People in the West danced starry-eyed into the 20th century, envisioning a new age of utopian bliss on their horizon. With hopes grounded in the education and evolution of mankind, they had no categories for the depths of evil residing in the human heart. Evil simply defined a construct jettisoned long ago into the superstitious […]

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House of Bread: Baked in Self-Pity

[ Part 6: House of Bread: From Lamenting to Bitterness ] Chapter one of Ruth comes to a close with these words: “And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.” This was probably late April or early May. The barley harvest lasted about one month followed by the wheat harvest, which led up to […]

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Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Do you ever think about change, defined as a difference in a state of affairs at different points in time? Philosophers have been debating their various theories since the Presocratics. Remember Heraclitus’ famous statement, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” […]

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In the Mind of a Man

A friend called the other day and asked if the terror attacks in Europe would be altering our plans to go to Prague. Actually, the thought never entered our minds. Earthy security is an illusion, a wishful notion, an impossible quest. The only place where a body and soul are safe and secure is in […]

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Stand Immoveable

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 Charles Spurgeon comments on this wonderful promise, “He stands firm who stands in God . . . Like pillars, the godly stand immoveable, to the glory of the Great Architect. What’s your burden […]

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Four Words

In his book The Disciplines of Grace, R. Kent Hughes traces out for us the first four commandments, calling them the first four words of grace. He compares them to a beautiful floral bouquet that must be held together for maximum effect. The maximum effect that he refers to is the “sweet power to love […]

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Happy Mother’s Day 2017

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Psalm 127:4 As arrows are shot on a trajectory, they go in one of 2 directions: the way they would go or the way they should go. Charles Bridges, in his wonderful commentary on Proverbs, puts it this way: “An existence […]

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