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May 2015 28 May 28, 2015

Have you ever noticed how many bland and meaningless clichés we use every day when we greet one another or say good-by? Most of them are harmless, but an equal number are downright irritating. Continue reading . . . Have you ever noticed how many bland and meaningless clichés we use every day when we greet one another or say good-by? Most of them are harmless, but an equal number are downright irritating. For example, I have in mind things like: “Hi!...Read More

May 2015 27 May 27, 2015

In the previous article we looked at the meaning of the transfiguration of Jesus. Today I want us to ask, “So what?” What practical difference does it make for us living 2,000 years later? Continue reading . . . In the previous article we looked at the meaning of the transfiguration of Jesus. Today I want us to ask, “So what?” What practical difference does it make for us living 2,000 years later? The answer is at least partly found in vv. 11-13 ...Read More

May 2015 26 May 26, 2015
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How many times have you read the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus and understood it as a preview of the Second Coming of Christ? Probably not often, if at all. Continue reading . . . How many times have you read the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus and understood it as a preview of the Second Coming of Christ? Probably not often, if at all. The fact of the matter is, the transfiguration is primarily about the second coming of Jesus. It provides for us a brief...Read More

May 2015 25 May 25, 2015

Lately I’ve been reading (for the third time) Tim Keller’s excellent book, The Reason for God (2008) and came across one of my favorite passages. Don’t settle for this brief excerpt alone, but read it for yourself (whether it be your first or fifth time through the book). Continue reading . . . Lately I’ve been reading (for the third time) Tim Keller’s excellent book, The Reason for God (2008) and came across one of my favorite passages. Do...Read More

May 2015 21 May 21, 2015

More needs to be said about the difficulties presented by the premillennial belief that physical death will continue beyond the time of the second coming of Christ. Continue reading . . . More needs to be said about the difficulties presented by the premillennial belief that physical death will continue beyond the time of the second coming of Christ. Let’s be sure, once again, that we understand what is necessarily entailed by all forms of premillennialism, whethe...Read More

May 2015 20 May 20, 2015
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One of the lingering problems with which premillennialism must deal is the end of death at the Second Coming of Christ. Continue reading . . . One of the lingering problems with which premillennialism must deal is the end of death at the Second Coming of Christ. We read this in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed u...Read More

May 2015 19 May 19, 2015

Jesus refuses to trick us into following him by making empty promises or giving us a false hope of earthly wealth and comfort. There is no bait and switch with Jesus! He is up front and brutally honest about the cost. Continue reading . . . In the previous article we looked at Peter’s response to our Lord’s declaration concerning his impending death in Jerusalem. In his words to the apostle, Jesus gives us great insight into the nature and implications of be...Read More

May 2015 18 May 18, 2015

G. K. Chesterton, turn of the century British author and journalist, once famously said: “Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has been found difficult and left untried.” What Chesterton was saying is that being a Christian costs. Continue reading . . . G. K. Chesterton, turn of the century British author and journalist, once famously said: “Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has been found diff...Read More

May 2015 14 May 14, 2015

Would it surprise you to know that God-pleasing praise is not merely an issue of singing but also of serving? Continue reading . . . Would it surprise you to know that God-pleasing praise is not merely an issue of singing but also of serving? We know this from what we read in Hebrews 13:15-16 – “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to ...Read More

May 2015 13 May 13, 2015

We are told in Hebrews 13:14 that Christians are people who know and believe in the depths of their heart that “here” on this present earth, in its present form, “we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come” (Heb. 13:14). Continue reading . . . We are told in Hebrews 13:14 that Christians are people who know and believe in the depths of their heart that “here” on this present earth, in its present form, “we hav...Read More

May 2015 12 May 12, 2015

Worship encompasses the whole of life, from what we say to what we do and desire, as well as the numerous activities that occur in the corporate gathering of God’s people. Here I want us to think primarily about worship as the verbal proclamation in song of the greatness and glory of God’s name. Continue reading . . . Worship encompasses the whole of life, from what we say to what we do and desire, as well as the numerous activities that occur in the corpora...Read More

May 2015 11 May 11, 2015
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I’m often amazed at the controversy in evangelical circles concerning worship. So here’s my definition or description of worship: Continue reading . . . I’m often amazed at the controversy in evangelical circles concerning worship. So here’s my definition or description of worship: Worship begins with deep, biblical thoughts about God, robust and expansive truths about who he is and his greatness and glory, thoughts that in turn awaken passion...Read More

May 2015 7 May 7, 2015

On Monday of this week (May 4, 2015), John Piper posted this article on the Solid Joys app. It is worthy of careful consideration. Continue reading . . . On Monday of this week (May 4, 2015), John Piper posted this article on the Solid Joys app. It is worthy of careful consideration. Who has given a gift to God that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. (Romans 11:35–36) When it comes to obedienc...Read More

May 2015 6 May 6, 2015

It’s been quite a few years since Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, an Indian guru, made headlines here in the U.S. You may recall that he settled near a small community in Oregon. He and approximately 40,000 of his followers gradually took control of the political and economic life of the town. During the height of the Bhagwan’s rule, he kept in stock a fleet of no fewer than 85 Rolls Royce automobiles. He was eventually deported from the U.S. and returned to a commun...Read More

May 2015 5 May 5, 2015

How’s your heart? No, I don’t mean that organ in your chest. Continue reading . . . How’s your heart? No, I don’t mean that organ in your chest. I’m not asking if you’ve recently suffered cardiac arrest. I’m not asking for information about your pulse rate or your white blood count or how high or low your cholesterol may be. I have no interest in the results of your most recent electrocardiogram or how many times your heart beat...Read More

May 2015 4 May 4, 2015

There is an interesting connection between Hebrews 13:8 and 13:9 that is not immediately evident. There are no explicit words that connect the two: no “therefore” or “in order that” or “because of.” So let’s look briefly at the two verses to see how they relate and what we can learn from them. Continue reading . . . There is an interesting connection between Hebrews 13:8 and 13:9 that is not immediately evident. There are no exp...Read More