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Thought’s on Jesus, Theology, Life and The Church.

September 1st 2014

Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Jesus, in these few words, tells us what it means to be one of His disciples. Three things: self-denial, enduring hardship and being faithful.

“Deny himself” or self-denial. It means saying no. One cannot follow Christ without the willingness to say “no” to other things or people. It is akin to repentance; turning away from things that have nothing to do with exalting Christ. Self-denial is a willingness to say no to self in order to live for another.


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April 1st 2014

I just began preaching through the book of Galatians this past Sunday Morning. Paul’s primary concern was how some were distorting the gospel via the law. As I often do, in order to gain a richer understanding on a given subject, I look at contrasts. In this case I contrasted legalism (which Paul deals with in Galatians) with lawlessness (which he deals with in other letters). Through study, meditation and prayer I am learning that I have a disposition to both. Legalism and lawlessness are something we all struggle with. For example, there are times I know God wants me to forgive someone yet my heart is not really “into” it.

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January 14th 2013

In John Piper’s book “God is the Gospel: Meditation on God’s love as the gift of Himself” he pierces the heart with the following question…
“The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the
friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and
all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties
you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no
human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with
heaven, if Christ were not there?”

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