Others

Our 20/20 Vision of the Faults of Others

Matthew 7:3  “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can…

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Preferring & Serving Others: The Antidote to Selfishness and Pride

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” In these verses, Paul expresses the antidote to selfishness and pride:  considering others more significant than ourselves. Then in…

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What Does it Mean to “Grow in Grace”?

The standard definition of grace in evangelical Christianity is usually summed up with these two words:  “unmerited favor”.  This is a really good definition, but I think it needs to be fleshed out a bit further.  More specifically, grace is God asking us to be with Him, growing in our walk with him. God walked…

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Bearing your Cross: A Four-Part Pattern

The cross is ever before the believer, beckoning the us to share in the sufferings of Christ. At times, life will feature unfairness, personality differences, differences of opinion and situational miscalculation.  You, the believer, will be on the receiving end and wonder why you deserve such treatment. In this moment, the cross of Christ is…

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You in Christ: A New Person for Good

Remember the promises of the “Body for Life” program?  O the long list of exercise programs and personal makeovers that indicate that they have the solution for creating a new, permanent you.   The good news is that in Christ, you already possess a new you.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he…

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Presupposing Jesus

“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elementary principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) Day-to-day conversations with unbelievers and believers alike often turn “philosophical” – that is, they examine our purpose and existence.  Colossians 2:8 sets…

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