All About Love

Morning Prayer: Prov. 4:1-27, 1 Jn. 4:7-21 Wisdom and love. Get wisdom. Love God and everyone around you. In fact, Solomon says, love wisdom, embrace her, keep her in your heart, and keep your eyes fixed on her. So really when you get right down to it, it’s all about love. Love God, love your…

The Bomb Shelter of Self-Deception

Self-deception is terrifyingly easy. Sin is the great deceiver: “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me” (Rom. 7:11). The reason people sin is because they are deceived. Like Adam and Eve in the garden, people believe lies. But in order to believe the big lies, we have to…

How to Repent of Big Sin

Let’s say you’ve blown it really big. I’m talking about a several year porn problem with lies and cover ups. Or maybe you visited a strip club on a business trip and committed adultery. Maybe you’ve been embezzling money from your employer. Maybe you’ve been getting drunk or smoking pot or you’re addicted to prescription…

Bloody, Fierce, and Hard

This meal is a love feast. It teaches us what love actually is. Love is not a feeling you get. Love is not a ditch you fall into or cliff you fall off of. Love is not getting turned on. Love is not breaking the rules and grabbing what you want. Greater love has no…

Truly Revolutionary

In recent years, there has been growing interest in an explicitly Christian economics. I’m afraid that a lot of what passes for Christian writing and sloganeering on economics is about as authentic as the pre-ripped jeans you can get down at the Buckle for a hundred bucks a pop. But hey, the cool kids might…

Word of Life

John says that he and the other apostles heard the Word, saw the Word, touched the Word of life that was manifested by the Father, and that’s what he’s shared with everyone. And this is so that everyone may have fellowship with them and that all together they might have fellowship with the Father and…

Go Ahead and Squish It

Sin, the flesh, death, and the devil are the enemies of God, and therefore they are the great enemies of the Church and every believing Christian. God has not made peace with those enemies, and therefore, we dare not either. But we do not wage our warfare against these enemies in the dark. In the…

You Know the Punch Line

At the beginning of our worship service, we have a confession of sin every week: we pray a prayer of confession together and then there is a moment of silence for you to confess your individual sins. But it’s important to point out that if you’re walking with Jesus, regularly confessing your sins as they…

How Confession of Sin Can Make Things Worse

So I tweeted a couple days ago that there’s a way to do a weekly confession of sin that actually makes things worse rather than better. And there were a few questions. So here are a few thoughts on the matter. First, the Bible verse: “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to…

Knowing God is Hearing God

“We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (1 Jn. 4:6) John says to first century Christians that they could tell who their friends should be based on who they listen…