Depression & Being Clothed With Christ’s Righteousness

Many believers in Scripture experienced depression, emotional pain and distress: Elijah “I have had enough Lord, he said. Take my life, I am not better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4 Job “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?” Job 3:11“I have no peace, no quietness, I…

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God’s Power Over Nature

During a ski outing in Colorado several years ago, snow had fallen heavily.  I skied into a patch of deep snow late in the day and was instantly buried up to my chest.  I struggled to get out, but my struggling just seemed to make it worse.  As the minutes wore on, I became exhausted. …

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The Dual Nature of Man

Scripture refers to man as a unified, complex, singular being having two elements:  a body and a soul. Man is not a duality, he is a unity 1.  God created mankind as a physical and spiritual being.   Louis Berkhof said, “It is customary, especially in Christian circles, to conceive of man as consisting of two,…

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Trust: a key component of saving faith

Generally speaking, saving faith in the history of the church has been comprised of three elements, notitia, or “knowledge”; assensus, or “assent”; and fiducia, or “trust.” Faith is not a blind leap in the dark – as atheists would like us to believe.  Faith has substance (Hebrews 11:6):  knowledge rooted in the Word of God…

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The Chief End of Medicine

“Patient-centered care” is often seen as the highest goal in medicine.  But is patient-centered care the highest goal for the Christian physician?  Most Christian physicians would, of course, say no. Jay Adams said that the highest goal of medicine is “to enable a man to use his body to honor God as an instrument of…

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What does “pray continually” mean?

“…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Ephesians 6:17-18) “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  (1…

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Seasoned Speech

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”  Colossians 4:6 Check out these fun historical facts about salt: –  Roman soldiers were sometimes paid in salt (which is where the word “salary” comes from) –  Salt was used to preserve Egyptian mummies…

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Should Christians Demand Apologies?

The Bible consistently commands believers to forgive others.  The list of verses is long and useful, and I’ve listed many of them at the bottom of this post.  That said, while God’s command to forgive others is ubiquitous, I am unable to find Christ-followers in Scripture demanding apologies.  I was naturally curious as to why…

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Mothers, Fathers & Child Safety

God gifts moms with a built-in sense for the safety of their children. My wife has an eye for safety that is unparalleled…and I have no doubt that her insights have saved our children from utter disaster on many occasions. She truly has earned the title “Chief Risk Officer”! But what happens when this sense…

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