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Our Reasonable Service

Paul tells us in Romans 12:1 to present our “bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service.” This phrase “reasonable service” means “rational/spiritual worship.” It is important to note that the word translated “reasonable” … Continue reading

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The Works of the Flesh Are Manifest

In Galatians 5, Paul tells us that “the works of the flesh are manifest.” In other words, the works of the flesh will become obvious over time. The works of the flesh are contrasted directly with the fruit of the … Continue reading

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Saved By Works

The Bible clearly teaches that we cannot be saved by good works. And the Bible also clearly teaches we cannot be saved without good works. This is a notorious “contradiction,” but it is only an apparent one. The tension is … Continue reading

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Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone

Jesus said that man shall not live by bread alone, but by “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus is saying that man lives by the Word of God as much as he lives by bread. … Continue reading

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Prophecy

N.T. Wright defines prophecy in the best, most succinct way I have ever read. He says that prophecy is “the Spirit-led interpretation of scriptural truth.” I would add only one thing: Prophecy is the Spirit-led interpretation and application of scriptural truth. … Continue reading

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Judging Success

We tend to judge success by many different measures. Money, fame, possessions, friends, and so on. But it is striking that Jesus judges success altogether differently. At the last judgment, He describes a life “well done” in terms of care … Continue reading

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Wales Recapitulatio

First of all, I hope you are duly impressed with my Latin. Now to my point.  I returned from Wales Monday, and, as always, the first few days after returning, I spend time early mornings thinking and praying back over … Continue reading

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