Self or Christ?

September 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

–1 Corinthians 1:26-31 ESV

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Concierge 14.09.19

September 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

During my days of working in hotels, I often had the privilege of functioning as a concierge. I would direct people to the best restaurants and points of interest. This blog feature is my attempt to point Christians to some of the best articles online. I provide an excerpt from or a note about the article. Click on the title of each article to view it in its entirety.

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A Decade of Marriage

September 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

F&S 2014

Today is the Tenth Wedding Anniversary for Suzie and me. It has been a wonderful decade in which God has demonstrated his kindness, mercy and grace. I am grateful.

If a man would make his world large, he must be always making himself small.

–G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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A Behind the Back Pass

September 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

Nevertheless, they were disobedient and rebelled against you and cast your law behind their back and killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you, and they committed great blasphemies.

–Nehemiah 9:26

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Is Spanking Child Abuse?

September 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

While spanking may be abusive, it is not abusive when parents spank rightly.

–Andy Naselli

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What we take in by the Word we digest by meditation and let out by prayer. These three duties must be so ordered that one may not jostle out the other. Men are barren, dry, and sapless in their prayer for want of exercising themselves in holy thoughts.

–Thomas Manton

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Wrestling With God [Sermon]

September 8, 2014 — 1 Comment

  • Title: Wrestling With God
  • Text: Genesis 32:22-32
  • Location: First Boynton
  • Date: September 7, 2014

God is goodI love his statement of faith which is oft repeated in black churches in America. Typically the pastor or speaker will declare, “God is good.” The congregation responds with “All the time.” Then the congregation begins the “God is good” while the pastor rejoins “All the time.”

It is a solid theological affirmation of the goodness of God. The refrain stresses that the goodness of God is a constant attribute. It does not waver in times in which we experience difficulty.

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The Spices of Death

August 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.

–Mark 16:1

At times we speak of a pleasant thing being the spice of lifeWhen we do so we are speaking of those events or activities that make life joyful. Better yet, these things bring a pleasing aroma to what could be a rather stale existence.

But this article is not about those spices of life. Instead let’s focus on the spices of death. We are told in Mark’s gospel that these women followers of Jesus came to his tomb prepared to use spices to counteract the natural stench of death.

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