Promises

God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Jesus who called us to His glory and virtue by which He has granted us His precious and very great promises, so that through them we are able to possess all that He has provided. (2 Peter 1:3-4) We ask of God, and He […]

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So great a salvation

Do not neglect so great a salvation. (Hebrews 2:3) There is so much debate regarding the possibility – or impossibility – of losing salvation. But the far more practical danger is neglecting salvation. Oh to live in the reality and the fullness of this great salvation. Indeed there is a salvation-like promise to drugs and porn and fame and fortune and a thousand other little god-substitutes. But […]

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5 reasons the Gators will beat Ole Miss this weekend

5. The Swamp. Noise. Humidity. Sellout. Magic. 4. Hargreaves > Treadwell. WR Laquon Treadwell is great, but CB Vernon Hargreaves III is greater. 3. Catalyst. The last time Ole Miss came to town they served as the catalyst for a Gator national championship, as Tebow gave the legendary speech. Rebels pull greatness out of Gators. 2. Fourth down. The Gators own 4th down. Coach Mac pulls the […]

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Modesty

Modesty. I know. The word feels retrograde. In the real world, if you’ve got the merchandise, you advertise it. If you’ve got the body, you flaunt it. If you know it, you show it. But there’s something about modesty. There’s something about having more on the inside than we see on the outside. There’s something about meeting someone who surprises […]

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Medical update – overwhelmed

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:3-4) I’m still groggy from the drugs they use to knock you out for surgery, but I feel like the cleansed leper who had to come back and give thanks to Jesus. The last thing I remember was looking at the ceiling of an operating room. The next thing I know my wife is explaining that God had granted our petition: the cyst on my vocal fold had disappeared. She watched the camera go down my throat two weeks earlier, and she was now looking at the pictures of two healthy vocal folds. As we prepared for surgery, the doctor said I would not be back to full strength until March. A four-month recovery is now reduced to just a few days, to restore the body from the effects of putting equipment down the throat for surgery. I am in awe. I am overwhelmed at the fervent prayer support and affection of God’s people. I’m so serious: thank you, a million times over. I am extremely grateful for an incredible doctor. But I am melted, stunned, and humbled by the goodness and greatness of a king named Jesus. If you’re interested in pictures, here are the before and […]

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Catching our breath

“Let Us make man in Our image…” It wasn’t the dust or the fingers or kneecaps that reflected the divine image. It was that invisible part. The breath of life. Because we were made for so much more than we can see or smell. We were made for more than flesh. We were made for the deeper realities. Deeper purposes. When humans walked away from God the deeper things went dormant and the flesh began to rule. The dust was never meant to be our defining characteristic. When we live by what can be tasted and touched alone we settle for a diminished existence. Something less than the real life. The full life. We miss the ruach. It’s the Hebrew word for wind, spirit, breath. It’s not that there is a moral divide between the physical and the spiritual. Biblical faith does not get caught up in the gnostic error of condemning all things physical and elevating all things spiritual. Jesus does not call us to simply pursue the invisible and ignore the earthly. We are to be fully human. Made of dust. But defined by His breath of life. When they bit the fruit they really did die. They became fractured. Alive, but dead. Human, but less than. Incomplete. Not just them, but us … missing something we can not put our fingers on. We lost our ruach, and we’ve been trying to catch our breath ever since. That’s […]

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