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Become Like a Little Child?

April 28, 2016 // 64 Comments

Jesus said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3). What does that mean and how do you do that? “Ah Paul, that’s an easy one. He’s talking about having the faith of a child.” I know that’s what you’ve heard and it’s not a bad [...]

What Makes the New Covenant New?

April 29, 2015 // 65 Comments

There’s a classic scene in The Simpsons where 8-year-old Lisa is offered a large check. Monty Burns has made a $120 million from an idea that Lisa gave him and he wishes to give her a ten percent share. But the money represents ill-gotten gains from harvesting the sea, so Lisa says no. Lisa later apologizes to [...]

Conditional Acceptance? (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)

February 26, 2015 // 65 Comments

“God loves you just as you are and not as you should be.” That’s the gospel of grace in one sentence! Manmade religion says you have to clean yourself up before you approach the Lord, but grace shouts, “Come as you are!” So how do we explain this passage which seems to say something different: Therefore [...]

Fatherless Fiction

September 17, 2014 // 25 Comments

I have four children under the age of ten so I read a lot of children’s books. Sometimes I even read them to my kids! A recurring theme I have noticed in children’s literature is this: Moms and dads are usually absent. And if the parents are mentioned, they are often negligent kill-joys who hinder and [...]

How Does God Deal With Our Sin?

March 15, 2013 // 123 Comments

Lately I have spent more time thinking about my sin than I have in a long time. Don’t panic – I haven’t done anything stupid. It’s just that I rarely think about my sin as sin. Let me explain. I know I am far from perfect. I make mistakes. So let me call a spade a spade and admit that, occasionally, I [...]

What is the Fear of the Lord

January 24, 2013 // 28 Comments

What is the fear of the Lord? This is an important question. You need to have a good answer to this question. Why? Because your answer reveals much about your faith and security. It reveals whether you are walking in grace or under condemnation. For instance, if you think God is judging your behavior to see [...]