Category Archives: Devotional Thoughts

Give Me the Doubly Offensive Jesus, Please

Jesus said He came to call sinners to repentance. The church is offended that Jesus’ call is for sinners. The world is offended that He calls for repentance.

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Startled By Our Sun-Drenched World of Grace

Next time you walk outside and the sun is shining, let the warmth of the sun’s rays startle you into gratitude, and then praise the God who drenches His world in grace.

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When Your Father Tells You To Walk: Engaging the Sanctification Debate Through the Lens of Adoption

If we see God through the eyes of adoption, as a loving Father who in His grace now calls us to obedience, then we are freed by the commands of love.

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The Repentant Heart is a Renouncing Heart

The repentant heart renounces the stepladder of superiority; looking up to God for salvation keeps it from looking down on anyone else.

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“Because We’re Christians, Kids”

We want our kids to be okay when they are in step with the kingdom and out of step with the world.

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The God Who Shows Off Broken Seashells

Perhaps the delight of a little girl in broken seashells resembles a God who loves to pick up the fragments of shattered lives and gently put them back together again…

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A Dad Who Sings

I knew Jesus was good and powerful, not just because the Bible told me so, but because Dad sang about it so much. The impact wasn’t in him telling me that Jesus was everything; it was him singing it.

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The Multifaceted Diamond of Christ’s Atoning Work

Because the atonement is at the heart of who God is and what he has done for us, we can never fully exhaust the riches that flow from this event.

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Arms Outstretched

If He is so determined to stretch out His arms, let them be stretched out and nailed to the tree.

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Christ the Dragon Slayer

Through his vicarious victory, Jesus defeats the dominion of the devil’s deception and the stronghold of Satan’s shame. In the atonement, Christ the warrior king is both dragon slayer and divine satisfier.

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