Posture in Pain

When the temptation to question or, rather, doubt God seizes our thoughts, let it be stifled and replaced with a prayer plea that He remove such a thorn from our minds. How many times has the idea that we are allowed, and even expected, to question God been birthed and given credence in cultural Christianity? …

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He, Not We, Decrees

One of the most difficult doctrines Christians struggle with is the discovery of the depth of God’s sovereignty. In terms of election (a.k.a. predestination), even believers of the most elementary level of understanding cannot deny this particular doctrine when the entirety of Romans chapter 9 is taken in. But there is another aspect of sovereignty …

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The (Other) Five Points

As a Reformed Christian, what are known as the five points of Calvinism (commonly referred to with the acronym, TULIP) are well revered in the development of a doctrinal understanding of Scripture. The Total depravity of man, the Unconditional election of those He draws to Him, the Limited atonement of Christ's work at Calvary, the …

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Thirty is Worthy

While the book of Leviticus is loaded with decrees and laws for the Israelites to adhere to, God's stashing of revelatory realizations never ceases to amaze. For several years, the biblical ideal of manhood and womanhood has been an intrigue. The term patriarchy was not shied away from as it seemed to describe the will …

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Goose, Gander, and God

In reading through the Ten Commandments as written in Exodus 20, a subtle message was revealed within the words of God as He communicated the necessity of the Sabbath. This time, it shouted out from the page, perhaps due to how the global pandemic has affected the lives of everyone, believer or not. It seems …

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When Love Loses

Our beautiful Bible is rich with insights into humanity and its relationship to the Lord we worship. However, some passages interrupt our reading and can be quite disturbing. As we live amongst our culture, we have ideals that are driven into our minds and hearts that are, in some cases, horribly antithetical to Scriptural revelation. …

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Gaslighting in the Garden

The term "gaslighting" is painfully familiar to some, generally because they've stumbled upon it when it was too late. It is succinctly defined as "to manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity." Often those who recognize that this so-called "crazy making" is what they're experiencing in a toxic relationship have become so …

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The Valley of Vitality

When considering the ebb and flow of our lives, we sometimes refer to these phases as peaks and valleys. Not one is immune to this experience, regardless of our status before God. One day, we're on the mountain, looking at life in a majestic manner; however, as soon as a second can pass, our perspective …

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Jesus in Job

Most, if not all, Bible loving Christians know that each and every passage of Scripture points us to the coming Christ. The arrows are a many and they all shoot towards the most wondrous work that God accomplished through the life and work of Jesus Christ. As I read through Job this time, I saw …

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Naked and Unafraid

When we hear, or ask ourselves, the daunting question of why God permits evil and suffering in the lives of believers, our response tends to be indirect. We can act as though our Lord needs us to make excuses for Him and the way He chooses to ordain His creation. Or, our blubbering responses are …

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