Evil & Suffering

Wrestling with the problem of evil is such an important struggle. As much as I know the reasons for evil, why it exists, why it happens to me, why it happens to others, there are still moments when I can’t help but cry out ‘Why?!?”

There is so much suffering, pain, and evil in the world, and it is easy to question why God would allow any of it to happen. More then one friend has debated with me…

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On The Bible | Discipleship Quote #46

On The Bible | Discipleship Quote #46

The Scriptures are a gold mine of life and wisdom. But acquiring this gold requires labor and effort. We must look and look and look again until we see what’s there. We must pay attention to those little connecting words that link one statement to the next. And then we must ask questions, probing and seeking to see more than what we see at first.

Joe Rigney, from the Desiring God Conference 2014

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Reason and Faith

This week our cohort discussed the story in Genesis 22, when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. A very powerful account of the depth of Abraham’s faith in God. I feel like the story is the culmination of Abraham’s faith journey. Abraham had reached the point in his life that he finally had his one and only son, and yet God asks him to sacrifice Isaac. Even though the request had to make no…

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On Resolute Zeal | Discipleship Quote #35

True courage is whetted by opposition; and it is no wonder that the Christian courage of the apostle should be animated by the zeal of his adversaries. They were bent to ruin him, and prevent the effect of his ministry at Ephesus; and should he at this time desert his station, and disgrace his character and doctrine? No, the opposition of adversaries only animated his zeal. He was in nothing…

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Desire

Our cohort spoke of desire this week. The all-consuming, passionate desires that lie inside each one of us. These desires drive us in so many ways, positive and negative. Desire can cause us to stand up for the helpless, or desire could pull us down into obsession and sin.

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are…

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Knowing God: Insights from William Wallace

Knowing God: Insights from William Wallace

So, the way to know God is we have to stop trying to know God, but instead pursue knowing God, because that’s where God is found.

Yea, it didn’t make any sense to me earlier today either, but now it does.

This week’s cohort was powerful in helping me grasp this simple, yet profound concept that there is a difference between knowing ‘about’ God, and knowing (being acquainted with) God.

Simple…

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On Inclination of Will | Discipleship Quote #22

On Inclination of Will | Discipleship Quote #22

“Who will deny that true religion consists, in a great measure, in vigorous and lively actings of the inclination and will of the soul, or the fervent exercises of the heart? That religion which God requires, and will accept, does not consist in weak, dull, and lifeless, wishes, raising us but a little above a state of indifference. ” ― Jonathan Edwards

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The Requirements of Discipleship | Sermon

The Requirements of Discipleship | Sermon

What are the requirements of being a disciple? Not the objective requirements like sin, sacrifice, death, resurrection, and the belief in Jesus, but rather the subjective attitudes required of a disciple. In perhaps the strongest words ever taught by Jesus, we will see two requirements of a disciple. Warning: these requirements are not a simple altar call, but a commitment to much more than…

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