Category Archive: ThoughtLife

May 11

Swiss Cheese Love

                                When Paul was writing to the Corinthian church around A.D. 55 in his letter we know as 1 Corinthians, he wanted to address particular issues and problems that were affecting the immature congregation. There were significant body life issues they were dealing with; Corinth had a reputation for sexual immorality, religious diversity, and …

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Mar 09

Present Suffering vs. Future Glory

This week in my LifeGroup we were talking about Christ’s redemption of “all things” (Col 1:20). In that discussion, we readily thought of those who trust in Christ as part of the redeemed, but that didn’t seem to be “all things.” We turned to look at Romans 8 and a fascinating passage about Christ’s redemption …

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Feb 23

Joy in Trials

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4                This is one of those hard passages to deal with, …

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Feb 16

King Kong Discipline

              My behavior was less than desirable at times while growing up. My father seared into my conscience one such time that I will never forget. I was a preteen, and for some reason, which I don’t remember, I got mad at my mom. An argument happened while we were just outside our home and …

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Feb 09

Therefore

                “Whenever you see therefore, you must always ask wherefore.” I can’t remember where I first heard that phrase, but it stuck with me. Maybe it was one of the preachers in my life; maybe it was in seminary that I heard it. It is the idea that when you read “therefore” in the Bible, …

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Feb 02

Fasting and Races

            You know in college there are those stupid things you sometimes do, and you think, “Why did I do that?” One of mine involved an apple, race, and an early morning prayer meeting at a local park. I was a freshman and had become a Christian just a couple months before. I was passionate …

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Jan 26

Daniel and Darius

                  There are certain stories in the Bible that almost everyone has heard of before, especially as children’s stories.  Daniel in the Lion’s Den is one of them. We love stories like these because of their simplicity and memorable qualities. What we often don’t realize is that Daniel is controversial in many ways. Part of …

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Jan 19

The Choice is Yours

Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato are some of the greatest philosophers of all times. These men affected thought for a thousand years in the Western world, and they were all Greek. It’s no wonder that the Greeks of the first century prided themselves on their wisdom and philosophies. However, opposing the Greek model was the teachings …

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Jan 12

Godliness Training 101

A couple of years ago I started working out with a friend from my small group at something called F3 (fitness, faith, and Fellowship). My friend runs marathons and works out regularly, so I knew the training would be good. The F3 training is an outdoor boot camp style training for men, and they meet …

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Jan 05

Happy New Years! Happy New Years! Happy New Years!

Have you ever noticed yourself saying something over and over again? It might be that same New Year’s resolution from the last five years that I’m making again. Maybe it’s just because I’m a parent of young kids that I feel that way. I’m regularly telling the kids to pick up their toys, stop fighting …

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