Sunday, September 14, 2014

Why blood?

Today was Communion Sunday at our church. On these Sundays we like to do meditations, which are dwellings on God's Word that are shorter than a sermon. I presented how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Day of Atonement and the study really fired me up. The study is lengthy, but worth it. Read it below.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Feelings are a broken compass

Ending the roughly 10-week blog drought, I am now ready to begin posting thoughts from Payson, Utah. Since my last post, Melissa has graduated college, I hired and trained a new manager for the weekly newspaper we operated, we moved across the country, and I started a new job. Oh yeah, and we're missionaries working at Payson Bible Church. God is good.

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Last night at church, we discussed human feelings and how we are to respond to our experiences. Here are two foundational passages: 

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"
Jeremiah 17:9

"But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person." 
Matthew 15:18-20a 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Books about heaven: Spurgeon's critique


There are so many books about heaven these days. Unfortunately, most of them don't have to do with what the Bible says about heaven -- they're extrabiblical experiences that sell like hotcakes and make people feel warm and fuzzy inside.

It's really too bad that they completely miss the point about God's heavenly kingdom.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Common Christian Complex: Repentance

In the inaugural post for this series, I discussed the idea of holy discontentment and how not being satisfied with our personal spiritual walks is key to pursuing holiness. 

Assuming you didn't click the hyperlink above, here is the gist of what I said:

"This is the thesis: Christians should never be satisfied with their Christian walk. There is always more work to do. There are ways to be more effective, more efficient, and more pro-active. By keeping a healthy holy discontentment at the forefront of our minds, we can sustain a fire for God that keeps us disciplined and in line with God's Word."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Common Christian Complex: No Discernment & Sinfulness

In the inaugural post for this series, I discussed the idea of holy discontentment and how not being satisfied with our personal spiritual walks is key to pursuing holiness. 

Assuming you didn't click the hyperlink above, here is the gist of what I said:

"This is the thesis: Christians should never be satisfied with their Christian walk. There is always more work to do. There are ways to be more effective, more efficient, and more pro-active. By keeping a healthy holy discontentment at the forefront of our minds, we can sustain a fire for God that keeps us disciplined and in line with God's Word."