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The Rest of the Story

Something my pastor said this morning reminded me of a unusual story.  Mike was concluding a series called “Little Big Town” today and of course talking about the birth of Jesus.  He was pointing out that since Jesus came to save us, in very real sense He was born to die.  No one likes to think about death, especially at a birth, but you can’t get around it… when you think about the manger...

Missing Christmas

In our most introspective and honest moments, all of us who are involved in any sort of public ministry have that nagging feeling of hypocrisy that haunts us.  We know the real us, the one that struggles with the very things that we are exhorting others about.  Sometimes our adversary can magnify those feelings to the point where they debilitate you and your effectiveness (he’s not called the “accuser...

What Incarnation Means to You and Me

Have you ever noticed that we church folk are sometimes infatuated with our own vocabulary?  Our language (sometimes referred to as “Christianese“) is full of humongous words that are used to describe basic tenets of our faith.  Words like “justification,” “sanctification,” “atonement,” and my all-time favorite, “propitiation.” I’m afraid sometimes when we...

In Need of a Savior

David Miller, a ministry friend of mine relates the story of the birth of his first child.  When his son was born, David was sure that there had never been a child born to man and woman to compare to this special child. “But it wasn’t long after we brought him home from the hospital,” David relates, “that we realized that the chain of sin was still unbroken!”  We laughed when we heard...

We Need Others To Grow

After Monday’s post (“Time For A Check Up?“) was published, I received a number of e-mails asking essentially the same question: How do I go about giving myself a spiritual check up?  What is the criteria for a self-evaluation?  There’s a simple answer to that question: It depends on what is wrong with you!  When you go see your doctor, he tests and evaluates you based on the symptoms you...

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