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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 »

Turkey temptations

November 26, 2008 | desires, food, sin, thanksgiving

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Matthew 26:41 NIV). We’re traveling to Virginia to be with family for Thanksgiving. I’m loading up my Ford Expedition with eight adults (otherwise known as the “Combs Clan”). It’ll be fun, but it’ll be exhausting… Read more »