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HE HEARS US, WE LOVE HIM

This one verse caught my attention and stuck with me today, much to my comfort and awe. We know God has factored into spiritual life a kind of cause and effect dynamic. We reap what we sow. We ask, He answers. But at the heart of the Christian life is God’s gracious and primary initiative in our lives. It’s true that God responds to us, but it is in no way near the way in which He acts first so that we can respond to Him. … Continue ReadingHE HEARS US, WE LOVE HIM

EARNING THE RIGHT

Today, I’ve been thinking about a question I have asked and been asked. “Does a Christian need to earn the right to share the gospel with another person.” I hope my answer to this question has improved and deepened over the years. This is a one of those important questions which ought not be simply and quickly answered, because there’s more than meets the eye. I’ll try to answer it clearly. … Continue ReadingEARNING THE RIGHT

THREE PHASES OF GOSPEL MINISTRY

In Acts 16:31-34, three common phases of Gospel ministry emerge from the text. These three phases can be seen throughout the daily ministry of Paul’s life, not to mention throughout the history of the Church. First, the Gospel is proclaimed. Second, the Gospel is believed by God’s elect. Third, the people of God rejoice in Christ and His good news. Let’s consider vs 31-34 more closely so we can become more familiar with this progressive work in and around the good news of Jesus. … Continue ReadingTHREE PHASES OF GOSPEL MINISTRY

THE MYTH OF COMPLIANCE

A recent Bible study included a discussion around the relationship between commitment and compliance. In essence, we considered the difference between having commitment to Christ and merely complying with His commands and ways. The conversation was clarifying for me, as I considered how often I’m content merely checking spiritual boxes, without much real interaction with or focus on the glory and pleasure of Christ. … Continue ReadingTHE MYTH OF COMPLIANCE