The Gospel of Grace is the Way to Life and the Way to Live

The true gospel of Jesus Christ – good news – informs us what God has done for us.  Good advice informs us what we must do to get right with God.  The difference means all the world.  The gospel that the Apostle Paul preached to the Galatians was that God sent His one and only Son into the world to die for the sins of mankind giving new life to people and inaugurating the unfolding Kingdom of God on earth.  With the resurrection of Jesus and the announcement of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven – the powers of this world took notice. 

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Standing for the gospel may mean standing alone.

Paul’s letter to the Galatians puts forth one of those essentials in life that is indeed worth fighting for.  Paul doesn’t fall into the trap that many a church member has fallen into – fighting over things like the color of the carpet, pews vs. chairs, Pastor wearing a tie in the pulpit, women’s dress lengths and whether there are drums in worship or not.  Paul goes after what is essential – core historic Christian doctrine – justification by grace through faith alone.

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Communion Sunday

Have you ever had to teach a toddler to apologize? If you have had that experience, you know there is a big difference between saying the words and doing the actions and actually meaning what is said. My son can say he’s sorry and give me a hug, but when he pulls the hair off my legs a second time and laughs, I begin to doubt his genuineness of it all.

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UP Sunday: Losing Your Marbles

As a dad of two little boys, I always knew I was losing my marbles. But the real question is, “What’s at stake when you lose your marbles.” To clarify, the marbles I’m losing don’t have to do with my mental capacity (though I’m sure someone could make an argument for that); they have everything to do with the time I have with my children. You see, if each marble represents one week I have with my boys from the age of 0-18 years old, then I have a total on 936 marbles to work with before they graduate and become independent adults. Suddenly, losing my marbles just got real… so how do we make the most of each marble?

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When you teach your child, you teach your child's child.

In the everyday grind of diapers, naps and play-dates it’s easy to lose sight of the incredible influence a dad yields.  This influence grows along with your child.  In the teen years when it feels to a dad like they’re no longer cool or their child’s hero that they should back off and give ground to other more “relevant voices” is when they need to lean in and be present.  Common sense dictates that dads adjust their relationship to the maturity level of their growing child but always remain present.  Dads (as well as moms) are the prime influencers of their children.

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Communion Sunday: What to Remember?

Luke brings us into the intimate moment of sharing the Passover meal elements (vs. 14-22).  Eating a meal together is incredibly personal.  The way they were sitting probably placed Jesus at the center of a large horseshoe shaped arrangement.  They were all able to look into one another’s faces.  Jesus begins by leaning in and telling them He earnestly desired (craved or yearned) to eat this Passover with you before He would suffer (He knew what was waiting for Him).  Which of us wouldn’t savor a last meal with friends and family before departing for a long journey, off to college or into the military? 

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