Stop Hating on Sanctification!

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When I was a soldier I met a guy named Kenny. He smoked, drank, slept with different women all the time and got kicked out of the Army for doing drugs. However, according to Kenny, he was saved because four years before he had prayed a prayer at a youth rally. He didn’t do anything … [Click to read more …]

Who Likes Being Rebuked?

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An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.. Proverbs 27:5-6 NLT When I was about 9 or so I was playing soccer (football to most of the world) with my neighbor. We had an argument about what the out-of-bounds markers were. It … [Click to read more …]

Salvation is Not a “Zero Down” Deal

The Robe of Righteousness

In my last post1 I went over the four most common versions of salvation in the world and in the church. In the end I concluded all of them were pretty lame. However, I also proposed that the Bible teaches a fifth version, or better put the only version, and that is our topic today. So … [Click to read more …]

Group Think

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Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. Proverbs 15:22 NLT …..victory depends on having many advisers. Proverbs 24:6 NLT None of us enjoys getting our ideas shot down by a committee or board. Yet there is safety in numbers, but only if all speak their mind in a humble and Christlike way. … [Click to read more …]

God Will Repay You

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Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. Proverbs 20:22 NLT A while back, after a friend had wrongfully taken money from me, I was reading in Romans 12:19, Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is … [Click to read more …]

I’m Offended!

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A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19 NKJ This text highlights the issue that conflicts with friends and within church communities are hard and often a cause for division and even separation. In my personal time with God, I am … [Click to read more …]

Time With God Heals Hearts

All My Heart

As I read “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy” (Prov. 14:10,) I’m reminded of the largest single need in the Adventist community today. This need doesn’t involve personalities or institutions. It doesn’t touch on finances or even theology. It speaks to the absolute foundation of experiencing salvation. Much … [Click to read more …]

Everyone Needs Compassion for the Storms of Life


This is the Tampa Bay, Florida area I always write from, which is slightly overcast today. You won’t see this picture on a postcard featuring Florida as the “sunshine state.” Even the sunshine state sees its fair share of storms. Likewise, even our most cheerful friends see their fair share of life’s storms. Each heart knows its … [Click to read more …]

Suppose God Wasn’t Watching you? Would You Still be Good?

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The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3 NLT When I was a little boy, way back in the nineteen hundreds, I remember singing the song in cradle roll, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see, Oh be careful little eyes what you see. For the … [Click to read more …]

Are There Any Wise People Besides Us?

Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. Proverbs 8:33 NLT Is there a chance God tried to share His wisdom with us, but we rejected it because we didn’t like the vessels He used? Sure Isaiah 8:20 tells us if they speak not according to the law there is no light in … [Click to read more …]