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A Holy Ambition

We all have to get out of bed in the morning. And we all do this because of ambition—some ambitions being godly, some not so much. Because we are the offspring of Adam, most of our ambitions, from the time we get up to the time we go to sleep, are selfish—some kind wrangling for…

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The Divine Arrangement

Jesus said it was “necessary” that he suffer before entering his glory (Lk. 24:26). Likewise Paul said, “it was necessary for the Christ to suffer” (Acts 17:3). It happened “according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23), and it was considered as of first importance: “that Christ died in accordance with…

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The Biblical Witness

The biblical witness is a simple one. It is an historical witness: past, present, and future. It witnesses to the acts of God throughout history—to creation, the covenants, the cross, and the consummation at the Day of the Lord (see top pic). The biblical witness remembers creation and looks forward to…

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Don’t Conform to the Stoicheion

Conformity is a strange phenomenon. It is arguably the single strongest sociological force there is, yet it happens covertly, without thinking. It can be used for good or for bad, but given the condition of man, most often bad. In the Bible we are called to be “conformed” to the image and character of Jesus (Rom. 8:29), for he has left us “an example” (1 Pe. 2:21), that we might walk in his steps (this takes the Holy Spirit!). On the other hand…

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The Challenge of Faith

The apostle Paul had two primary burdens in life: the first coming of Christ and the second coming of Christ. The first was about bearing sin (cf. Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13), while the second was about bringing salvation (cf. Rom. 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:23; Phil. 3:21). This is what consumed the man and…

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The “Gospel Timeline”

The purpose of the Church is to preach the gospel, as Jesus told his disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mk. 16:15; cf. Lk. 24:46ff; Acts 1:8) However, the primary breakdown between command and obedience happens precisely in the definition of…

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The Millennial Sabbath

Though many today believe in “the age to come” (Lk. 18:30)—i.e. “the restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21), “the resurrection of the dead” (1 Cor. 15:21), “a new heavens and new earth” (2 Pe. 3:13), etc.—instead of the eternal existence of the soul in an immaterial heaven, not many believe in a transitional messianic kingdom which…

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Jewish Primogeniture

“Primogeniture” is the right of the firstborn in the administration of the inheritance. Peoples throughout time and culture have assumed the practice, and having administrated my own inheritance, I understand some of its dynamics. Though the eldest son may be reimbursed for his administrative role, more often than not it’s…

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“Cruciform Premillennialism”

Those who have studied eschatology (end-times) for any amount of time have heard the standard breakdown of eschatological views: 1) amillennialism, 2) postmillennialism, and 3) premillennialism. Though the first two are commonly held in the modern church, they were foreign to the apostolic church. Thus, they ought to be…

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Time and Eternity

I have been struck lately concerning the biblical nature of time and eternity. In Christoplatonism, time and eternity are antithetical. They are enemies, because time is part of materiality (which is bad) and eternity is basically the same as immateriality. Immaterial “heaven” is static and timeless, while…

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The Cross: The Demonstration of the Power of God

Much has been made over Paul’s ministry among the Corinthians and his “demonstration of the Spirit’s power” (1 Cor. 2:4). Usually it is quoted in context to a platform ministry with signs and wonders. As valid as this may be, this not Paul’s point in the first two chapters of 1 Corinthians. Paul is addressing a serious issue of…

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What’s In A Name

The history of the church is rife with names: Benedictines, Franciscans, Jesuits, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Pentecostals, etc, etc, etc. But what is in a name? Why do we label groups of people (or self-label ourselves)? Why do we call ourselves “YWAM’ers” or say that we are…

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The Irony of “Kingdom Now”

Kingdom now theology is found in many forms, from full-blown dominionist-kingdom-now-only to prosperity-kingdom-now-mostly to charismatic-kingdom-now-partially, and a multitude of others. Whatever the view or expression, the universal assumption is that the messianic kingdom prophesied in the OT was somehow…

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“The Coming Crucifixion of the Church”

Listen to this message that Tim Miller spoke in Minneapolis. Phenomenal. The Lord uses the Cross for two reasons: 1) Positively, to express His character of kindness, mercy and love (cf. Rom. 5:8; 1 Jn. 4:9) and 2) Negatively, to kill the flesh and wicked desires of sinful man (cf. Rom. 6:3; 1 Pe. 4:1). This will come to..

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Dedication

A salute to “The Chad”. Without you none of this would have ever happened. May the Lord continue to bless you my friend…

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