Three Words for Day-to-Day Christian Living

  Do you ever feel like everything is falling to pieces all around you?  The flood waters are rising and it’s all you can do to bring your life to higher ground?  For those of us in Chicagoland, it has certainly felt that way.  We’ve been experiencing floods of not-quite-biblical proportions and have found ourselves […]

July 22, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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When Evil Seems to Win

The Christian life is filled with things that don’t seem consistent with God’s love and sovereignty.  How is a Christian to act when evil seems to win?  It looks so unjust.  We can feel like the prophet Jeremiah who complained to God: You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. […]

July 17, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Mystery of the Immovable Object

The disciples asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25-26)  What is impossible for man is possible for God.  What is immovable and carved in stone for humanity is no challenge for the power of the Almighty.  […]

July 5, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Happy Independence Day 2017

Happy Independence Day! To some of us, the Fourth of July is descriptive only of the date, after all we wouldn’t say “Happy February 14th,” December 25th, or even April 1st.  The meaning for us is Independence, grounded in American history (and patterned after the freedom in biblical history from Genesis to Revelation and its […]

July 3, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Given Life and Giving Life

“Hold on,” you might say. “How could Jesus be the last Adam?”  Isn’t that like saying Jesus was the Last Man?  And haven’t plenty of men been born and lived since Jesus?  What on Earth is Paul saying as we continue our study of 1 Corinthians 15  to answer the question, What Does It Mean […]

June 25, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Transforming the Natural into the Spiritual

How amazing the Resurrection will be!  That moment when the truly transforming power of God completes the work and changes the natural into the spiritual.  That day when the reality we cannot presently see becomes every bit as natural to us as the world we presently see.  Both are real, but one is hidden in […]

June 20, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Resurrection and to Each its Own

I don’t know about you, but I wonder sometimes what the post-resurrection me will look like.  No, I’m not thinking you’re wondering about me and my body, but have you ever thought about you and yours?  To each its own? Let’s continue our look at What it Means to Be Resurrected and a study of […]

June 10, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Unavoidable Fact of Death Before Resurrection

By its definition, resurrection requires death first.  Given that death is a guarantee—your chances of dying are 100% if Jesus doesn’t preempt it by His return—resurrection changes the whole human trajectory.  The unavoidable fact of death (something even non-Christians believe is real) testifies to the truth of God’s existence and God’s law.  It transports every […]

June 7, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Social Gospel and the Resurrection

Ya’ hang around bad theology long enough and you’ll adopt it.  It’s as simple as that.  And many people you’d otherwise respect in prominent evangelical and “mainstream” Christendom are leading the pack.  Today’s Social Gospel preachers are turning a culturally relevant theology into a culturally based theology.  What’s the difference, you ask?  A culturally relevant […]

June 4, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Resurrection Rules For Living Tomorrow

You may have heard the phrases, “Eat, drink, and be merry” or “Life’s short, eat dessert first” or “Life stinks then you die.”  All of those buy into modern ideas that human beings are no different than leaves on the forest floor.  We have a season of life, living for today, and then we return […]

May 28, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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