Category Archives: Obedience

The Best Part of My Job

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The Wonderful Cross: Justification, Part 2

In Romans 4, Paul talks about how Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. This is a fascinating word and the concept it describes is a key feature of God’s Good News. The Greek word translated as “credited” is … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Cross: Justification, Part 1

When Sunny and I were first married, we had a bill that came due that was beyond our ability to pay. I was fresh out of college, working as a youth minister for a church in east Tennessee and Sunny … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Cross: The Scandal of the Cross, Part 4

[The following is adapted from the scholarship of Fleming Rutledge, Scot McKnight, N.T. Wright, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, and others.] One of the most degrading parts of crucifixion was the scourging. The Jews had precise rules regarding this form of punishment. Under … Continue reading

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A New Day: Comfort in God’s Word, Part 2

God tells Isaiah to speak to the heart, so I think we should hear these words at a heart level, too. So let me ask you a question: What kind of person do you want to become? There is a … Continue reading

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A New Day: My Eyes Have Seen the King, Part 2

The time stamp of Isaiah 6 is also significant. All of this occurs in the year that King Uzziah died. Uzziah was king in Jerusalem for over 50 years. (You can read his story in 2 Chronicles 26.) By most … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Lord Has a Day, Part 2

For the LORD of hosts has a day… Isaiah 2:12 Early on, Isaiah introduces this concept that the Lord has a special day in store — elsewhere referred to as “the Day of the Lord.” Isaiah describes this day repeatedly … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When God Provides

Today in our series, The Gospel According to Genesis, we reach one of the most difficult stories in the Bible: the story found in Genesis 22. In Judaism, it is known as “The Akedah” — “The Binding of Isaac.” But … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: A God Who Sees

Have you ever felt as if you weren’t really seen? When was the last time you felt ignored, overlooked, and forgotten — lost in the crowd? Have you ever felt as if you weren’t really being heard — as if … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When We Trust God, Part 2

In Genesis 12:1-3, God speaks of the great blessing He will bestow upon Abraham. In fact, God uses the word “bless” five times in His call of Abraham.  Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred … Continue reading

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