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What Do We Do When Evil Strikes?

Habakkuk has been teaching us that everything that comes into our lives--the stuff we like, the stuff we don't like--has first come through God's office. Habakkuk 1.6 and 12 are powerful reminders that it is He who sent the Babylonians to Jerusalem. This hard thing, as well as the happy things, had first come across God's desk and He allowed it to come to His people. God...

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Aren't All Sins Created Equal?

I know, I know. You've heard it for years. You've probably passed it on. I've said it. We've all said it, so it must be true. "All sins are the same in God's eyes." I know what we've said. And heard. And repeated. But does God agree? Has God said it? Are all sins really created equal? I think not. Huh? When we keep our finger in the text, I think we come across some...

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Are You a "Separatist" or "Cultural" Christian?

I am reading a book called The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World by Gabe Lyons. I haven't finished the book yet but I want to share some provoking ideas I have found so far....

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Infamous Sins and the Glory of God

What is the most awful and sensational sin ever committed? (Of course, this begs the question, "Are some sins worse than other sins?" If there are, and I think there are, which of these is worse than all the others?) Perhaps here are a couple of ways to measure the dreadful greatness of sin: 1. Who is sinned against? 2. The good that has been done by the one who is sin...

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Higher Than All Of Us

Habakkuk's life is tough. And it's about to get tougher. But Pastor Derek reminded us Sunday Habakkuk had a Rock, Habakkuk 1.12. And Pastor Matt prompted us to praise The Rock. God. I love King David's own experience and calling us to The Rock. (And David knew something about troubles, 1 Samuel 18-31 for instance.) "Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the e...

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Jesus, the Scriptures, Same-Sex Marriage, and Me

Unless you've been off-line or raising small kids or visiting Yosemite the past few days, you know that President Obama became the first sitting President to endorse same-sex marriage. If you've followed our President's evolution, this ought not to surprise you. Sadden you, yes. But take you by surprise, no. What ought to surprise you is his using God's Word to help info...

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Complaint vs. Accusation. And add some Worry.

Habakkuk complains, make no doubt about that. How long? Why? What?! And so does Abraham, David, Asaph, Isaiah, Jeremiah, an angel of the Lord. Jesus (!) The souls of those who had been slain because they proclaimed Jesus as Savior (Revelation 6.9-11). Here's a list of many, many laments, the "How longs?" and "Why's" in God's Word. Lamenting. Bewildered. Crying out. An...

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