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Paul, Peter and John…The Centrality of the Cross

Jesus knew He had to die in order for His mission on earth to be complete but how did His apostles view His death?  Many Christians think that the main thrust of the New Testament is the resurrection of Jesus, … Continue reading

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The Awareness of Jesus

Most of us don’t think about it all the time.  Overemphasis on it may lead to depression.  Too much concern about it can cause us to stop accomplishing anything in our lives.  I once had a doctor tell me “None … Continue reading

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Looking Into the Mind of Jesus

Attribution… It is a normal part of everyday life.  People around us do things and we make guesses about their behavior.  I use the word “guesses” on purpose because it is pretty impossible to be certain about why people do … Continue reading

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“When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”

In 1979, the contemporary sanctuary of St. John United Methodist Church* was dedicated.  As part of the preparation for that dedication day, two members** of the church designed a large cross and suspended it from the ceiling of the church.  … Continue reading

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Studying Stott Once Again…

“I bought this book in 1976—in 1999 I read it and have found it a blessing.  Stott answers so many questions.”  [written by me on the back page of my 1971 paperback edition of John Stott’s book Basic Christianity]. Readers … Continue reading

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Not Written in Vain…

Knowing God…* What does it mean to “know” God?  How does one really get to know Him?  Don’t all Christians know Him?  Isn’t that special knowledge something that just goes along with declaring “I am a Christian”? I wish it … Continue reading

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Thanks Dr. Packer…

Are you still writing about “that book”! My wife [my editor] said that just the other day.  My response was “not much longer.” Well it has finally come to the point when I have to announce a new book to … Continue reading

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“Who Shall Separate Us From The Love Of Christ”

The final verse… Romans 8:31, Romans 8: 32 and Romans 8:33…* Three Scriptures that J.I. Packer has used to conclude his book Knowing God… Now we discuss the fourth scripture. 8:35:  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? … Continue reading

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Be Assured… It is God Alone…

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”  Romans 8: 31… “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He … Continue reading

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The Cost, the Effectiveness and the Consequences

In the previous post*, I discussed “If God is for us, who is against us,” the idea that if God is on our side, no opposition can crush us.  That is thought number one of J. I. Packer’s “four final … Continue reading

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