Category Archives: theology

Dying is Part of Living

“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6, NLT “There are two things which the Church needs: more … Continue reading

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The Treasure Hidden Inside the Church

As Christians, often our Church and our theology tell us that mental illness, depression, and bipolar disorder have no place in a believer’s life. As a result, we end up hiding and sneaking  into sessions with our therapists, and direct the conversation … Continue reading

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Reign in Me, Again

“The Lord will reign forever and ever.” Exodus 15:18 ” Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,    in heaven and on earth,    in the seas and all deeps.” Psalm 135:6 I am persuaded that Americans simply do not “process” this concept of sovereignty, especially when it’s endowed in a person.  … Continue reading

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Righteousness: His, Yours? (or Ours?)

“All of us are dirty with sin. All the right things we have done are like filthy pieces of cloth. All of us are like dead leaves, and our sins, like the wind, have carried us away. “  Isaiah 64:6, … Continue reading

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Killing My Sin, Before It Kills Me

We are for the most part anyway, eager to please God. We are Jesus’ people with the occasional brush with sin. But hey, who doesn’t? But that attitude must be questioned. “My little children, these things I write to you, … Continue reading

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Fire or Blackberries?

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes, The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning In some odd way, our lives seem to be … Continue reading

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The Glory of Gripping Things

Understanding the way our Father works is a personal passion for me.  I did not ‘major’ in theology, and so many things have to be painstakingly explained to me, like I was a small child. It seems that I will occasionally find something … Continue reading

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