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The discipline of celebration

March 14, 2014 | asceticism, celebration, Christ, Dallas Willard, discipleship, discipline, Gary Combs, gnosticism, God, jesus, thanksgiving

“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4). The apostle Paul instructed his young protégé Timothy to stand against the false teaching of asceticism that plagued first century Ephesus. Asceticism is a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various worldly pleasures, often with the aim… Read more »

What informs our sermon planning?

February 14, 2014 | bible, Christ, exposition, God, jesus, preaching, sermon planning, sermons, teaching

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV). Have you ever wondered what informs our sermon planning? For instance, we’re beginning an eight-week sermon series through the book of 1… Read more »

Personality, toothpaste and unmade beds

January 31, 2014 | character, Christ, God, heart, jesus, mind, personality, soul, temperament

“Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength’” (Mark 12:30 NKJV). When Robin and I were first married there was a difference in our bathroom and… Read more »