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Working out of Rest

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness came by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:21 God doesn’t need our help with anything! Think of it. Have you ever been awakened by God at two o’clock in the morning and been enlisted in the effort of pulling off a sunrise? Every morning we awake to a new sunrise complete with birds singing sweetly as trees sway in the breeze. The rain that blesses the soil and the lightning that cleans the air are all His ideas. Each evening He lays the day to rest in grand panoramic gestures quite apart from my advice or input. He has been accomplishing these amazing feats, with great ease I might add, long before I arrived on the scen

A Violent Gospel

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12 ESV We are living in a culture that is becoming more and more violent, but it is important to note that this reality isn't anything new to our world. Violence began back when Cain killed Abel and we’ve lived in a violent world ever since. But is violence always a negative thing? Jesus uses the word, violence, concerning the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 11:15. He stated that the Kingdom has suffered violence since John’s ministry and the violent take it by force. Jesus taught in Luke 16:16 that men press their way into the Kingdom of God. “Press” means to f

The Joy of Nothing

My son, beware of anything beyond these things. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Ecclesiastes 12:12 ESV An author once stated that writing wasn’t difficult, you just stare at a blank screen until blood drops form on your foreheads and run down your face. A loose paraphrase, I’m sure, but that was essentially his thought. Well, here I sit with a blank screen and although blood has not yet formed, I’m close. I suppose, the first thing to ask oneself is, ‘What do I want to write about?’ That is the greatest hurdle to jump and once crossed over, the rest of the article flows freely. Still, nothing. Maybe that’s alright. I mean, we just went throug

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