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Christian Confidence 103: “What is ultimately ‘good’?”

At the writing of this article, another Christmas day had just past.  Do you remember how good yours was?  Answering that depends on how the one asking is using the term ‘good’, right?  They may mean enjoyable good, effectively good, … Continue reading

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Christian Confidence 102: “What is God like?”

Last week we addressed the question “What is real/true, and how can I know?” And we noted that the ultimate reality/truth is the existence of God who revealed Himself publicly and miraculously in biblical times.  The Lord validated that revelation through Israel’s … Continue reading

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Christian Confidence 101: “What is real/true, and how can I know?”

In last week’s video I introduced 5 questions that need answering for a person to have confidence in Christ.  Today we’re addressing the first: “What is real/true, and how can I know?”  As I also noted last week, this brief series is … Continue reading

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Christian Confidence 100: an Introduction

This shorter series (100-105) is a precursor to the next series on Christian Joy, for confidence is a prerequisite to joy.  Of course, confidence doesn’t make anything real.  But when we know that the foundation of our beliefs – in Christ, our … Continue reading

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4 reasons Easter is less popular than Christmas

“He is risen!”  And fellow believers would respond with equal excitement, “He is risen indeed!”  It’s a traditional greeting among Christians celebrating Jesus’ resurrection for only God knows how long.  But for many that’s about all the excitement that Easter … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 110: some conclusions on Matthew 22:36-40

Today we conclude our series on being whole in Christ.  The video hyperlinked below summarizes a few implicit themes that have run between the lines in the previous articles, so I won’t repeat those here.  Instead, let’s address an explicit … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 109: “one these two commands depend all the prophets”

“Christian Wholeness 109”:  God willing, next week’s summary of some applications will complete this series on being whole in the Lord Jesus Christ.  This week we consider the significance that “all of the Prophets hang on these two commands”:  love … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 108: “On these two commands hang all the Law”

Many of us either had a parent or knew one who ‘laid down the law’ with their children, and the only reason they gave for obedience was “Because I said so!” Thankfully, God is a lot clearer and more loving … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 107: “…with all your strength”

We have a few more publications in this series, but today’s focus is on Jesus’ last phrase of what it means to love God: “…with all your strength”. And that might sound least lovely. After all, shouldn’t love increase our … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 106: “…with all of your mind”

Since the 17th century’s Enlightenment and the unnecessary separation of faith and reason, the idea of Christian intellect has gotten a bad rap. The concern is basically two-fold: 1) mystical Christians either demonize logic in favor of experience or 2) … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 105: “…with all your soul”

“I would just die for some ice cream!”  Well…not actually die.  If I died, I couldn’t even eat it, right?  But you’ve probably heard people say things much like that, and such exaggerations communicate a fundamental truth:  we will sacrifice … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 104: “…with all of your heart”

For about a month now, this series of articles and videos has been considering what it means to be a “whole” person, as defined by Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39 and Mark 12:30-31.  For, as we noted in the introduction, we … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 103: “Love your neighbor as yourself”

Throughout this series we’re exploring how to leverage wholeness for our lives. And since Jesus said that God’s Word is summed up in loving God and others, we can simplify the threat to our wholeness as neglect or distortion of … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 102: who is ‘God’?

Two weeks ago we began exploring key concepts as they occur in Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:33. That’s where Jesus described the first and second great command. We introduced the implied message of wholeness; then we looked at ‘love’; and … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 101: “What is love?”

This week we consider the place of ‘love’ as a follow-up to last week’s introduction to wholeness.  For I began this series with one concern in mind:  we tend to be fragmented, not whole.  So we are also divided in … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 100: an Introduction

In order to serve a broader audience, I’m pausing the series on Christian Marriage for several weeks to consider how any person (married or not) can be whole in Christ.  But, first, let’s review the biblical backdrop. God calls us … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 305: Sexuality (2 of 2)

Sexuality. In the previous article, we considered some related basics of God’s design for marriage.  This week, we consider a few common concerns and (more importantly) the underlying beliefs and desires that often accompany them. Because they’re good questions that … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 305: Sexuality (1 of 2)

Sexuality. Although God calls us to live in work relationships (1 Corinthians 7:21ff), governments (Romans 13:1ff), neighborhoods (Leviticus 19:13ff,) etc., when He created Adam and Eve to reflect His image, He designed them as husband and wife (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:24-25, 3:8ff). Yet, … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 304: Stewardship

Stewardship: taking care of people, property, etc. that belong to someone else. The very definition explains why many struggle to find meaning and joy in life: we want to believe our lives belong to us.  For that reason, our stewardship is … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 303: Communications

Communications. As a counselor, I’ve heard spouses name many concerns as “the” problem in their marriage, but communications is almost always an underlying issue: one won’t open up or the other has no filter; when they talk it’s either superficial or problem-oriented; … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 302: Corporate Worship

“Corporate Worship” The written portion of this article is a redo of a previous one that you may have seen elsewhere.  The joy that can come from corporate worship is too important for me to leave you with that article.  … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 301: Structure (2 of 2)

“The Structure of Love”, part 2 of 2 In last week’s video, CM 301 (part 1 of 2), we began by focusing on love in God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: one God in three persons.  … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 301: Structure (1 of 2)

“The Structure of Love”, part 1 of 2 Per the introduction in CM 300, we’re beginning to consider ‘power tools’ for marriage in Jesus Christ. And one of the most powerful – for good or bad – can be the … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 300: an Introduction to God’s ‘Power Tools”

An Introduction to God’s ‘Power Tools’ In Christian Marriage 101-206, we considered practical applications for marriage in the basics of love as outlined in the Ten Commandments. This week, we build on that foundation by introducing five “power tools” God’s … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 206

“Contentment” Maybe you remember being a young child and one of your parents telling you to “Eat your food!  There are starving kids in the world who would love that! Be thankful for what you have!”  They usually said that when … Continue reading

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