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Submission - August 2014

In our world today, submission is almost universally viewed as a negative quality.  However, submission, when understood in the context of Jesus’s life, is a beautiful and freeing concept. 
 
In Mark 8:34-35, Jesus tells his disciples that “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me; for whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s shall save it.”  Clearly Jesus was teaching his disciples, and us, that self-denial is the path we are to follow.  It is the path that Jesus followed during his life and his death on the cross.  Submission leads to freedom.  It is the freedom of not always needing to get our own way.  When we learn to live that submissive lifestyle, our happiness is not dependent upon getting what we want.
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Our Inheritance of Hope (part 2) – July 2014

III.  THE INHERITANCE OF HOPE

Consider the Christian believer’s hope. Think about three things.  First…

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Our Inheritance of Hope (part 1) – June 2014

“What do you hope your obituary will say?”  I am not asking you.  I am telling you the first question interviewers often ask Ray Kurzweil.  He is an inventor who has given us the flatbed scanner, optical character recognition technology, a reader for the blind, and an iconic line of music synthesizers.

Interviewer Holman Jenkins explains why the usual lead question is a trick question.

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Cries of Pain, Cries of Hope – May 2014

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the parents on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. — Exodus 20:5-6

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? — Matthew 27:13

What else is there to say after that?  “My God! My God…”  This text appears little more than a poor picture of parenting.  Why is God absent?  Why has God forsaken his only son?  Why?  With the commandment still echoing in our minds, we wonder how this jealous God deserts a faithful son.  You and I expect

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I Didn’t Sign Up For This – April 2014

I have been thinking about this phrase.  It is used often enough.  You may hear

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Treasures in Jars of Clay - March 2014

How am I doing? Well, it’s kind of surreal to enter some anniversaries: diagnosis, surgery, and start of chemo. In February we were able to be in Florida on an amazing retreat for families who are dealing with terminal illnesses. Yes, the “T” word, not one I like to say and yet it is what we are dealing with. Do I feel normal? What is normal? Thankfully,

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Redeeming Valentine's Day - February 2014

The love of your life is gone.

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A Son-in-Law's Grief - January 2014

At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, my mother-in-law called me on my mobile phone as I was driving out of the parking garage at work in Midtown Atlanta. “Lanny has been in an accident” were the words that began a journey for our family that culminated in another phone call, at about 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

“He’s gone, he’s gone, Daddy’s gone,” my wife heartbreakingly wept into the phone.

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Ordinary Hope - December 2013

I love the Christmas season.  For several weeks, everything takes on a special quality.  Special foods and drinks appear.  Special music fills the air.  Parties and family gatherings celebrate special relationships.  Special traditions remind us of special memories.  Decorations and lights transform ordinary trees and buildings.  Perhaps you

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When 'Sorry' Isn't Enough - November 2013

Are there friends or family members whom you rarely hear apologize? Their apologies may be long overdue. Here is the problem: we have a natural tendency to gloss over what we have done wrong. Perhaps

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