Tag Archives: Sacrifice

Foundations: A Transformed Dream

A sermon manuscript on Romans 12:1-2, prepared for Life Bridge Community Church (recorded audio | sermon notes) Introduction As you know, this year we have been working through the book of 1 Corinthians, studying what it means to be the church. When … Continue reading

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Dying to Live

We avoid pain because … We don’t really understand what it means to follow Jesus Jesus said the most profound and disruptive things, including: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily … Continue reading

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Painful Love

God causes suffering in order to perfect others Although it’s sometimes very easy to live like it isn’t true (especially in the American cultural context), the fact is that I’m not the only one in the universe God is working on. God … Continue reading

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God’s Goodness vs Refining Fire

How can a “good” God directly cause suffering? (Question 5 of 8 in the Goodness of God series) The world is full of pain and suffering, but not all pain and suffering is the same. We’ve already talked about the fact that some of the … Continue reading

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The Lesson of Abraham

My wife Faith gave me the most amazing Christmas present last year. She knows I have weak eyes and that reading is a bit difficult, so she purchased for me a subscription to Audible.com, so that I could “read” more … Continue reading

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On Jesus

Paraphrase and amplification of Imitation of Christ (Book 2; Chapters 7, 8, and 11) by Thomas à Kempis… Loving and Trusting Jesus Blissful is the one who understands what it is to love Jesus and to despise himself for Jesus’ sake. It is fitting for one … Continue reading

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Missing Love

Last time I wrote, I talked about being consumed by … or obsessed with … God. My post (and my thinking) was inspired by the song, “You will be my Song” by Matt McCoy. A couple of days ago, in … Continue reading

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