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Advent Devotion: The Lighting of the First Candle

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This is an excerpt from my Advent Devotional Guide that uses the Advent wreath. If you have a real wreath, you can use it, either alone, or with others. If you don’t have a wreath, follow this guide, and you […]

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Advent Approaches . . . .

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Part 1 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Tomorrow is the first day of Advent. If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a year, you know that I generally make […]

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Thankful for the Beauty of God’s Creation

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Wherever I have lived during my adult life, I’ve learned to be grateful for the beauty of that slice of God’s creation. When I lived in the Boston area, I loved the turning of the leaves in autumn and the […]

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Be Thankful in All Circumstances

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Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 On this Thanksgiving Day in the United States, I want to reflect on a verse from Paul’s first letter to […]

Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts

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Part 14 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series 1. “I’m pretty new to this ‘spiritual gifts’ stuff. How can I begin to experience spiritual gifts?” If you’ve been […]

Spiritual Gifts and the Priority of Love

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Part 13 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If you want to grow in your experience of spiritual gifts, Paul urges you to eagerly seek those gifts that […]

Practical Instruction on the Use of Spiritual Gifts, Part 5

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Part 12 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began commenting on the closing verses of 1 Corinthians 14: So, brothers and sisters, keep on eagerly desiring […]

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country, Part 4

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A ranch in the Hill Country, not too far from Vanderpool. The “cattle” you see are actually American Bison (buffalo).

Practical Instruction on the Use of Spiritual Gifts, Part 4

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Part 11 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far we’ve been learning from 1 Corinthians 14 how to use spiritual gifts in ministry. All of us need […]

Practical Instruction on the Use of Spiritual Gifts, Part 3

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Part 10 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series According to biblical teaching on spiritual gifts, each and every Christian should expect to be gifted by the Spirit for […]

Practical Instruction on the Use of Spiritual Gifts, Part 2

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Part 9 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far we have seen that if we want to receive spiritual gifts, we should focus, not on the gifts […]

Practical Instruction on the Use of Spiritual Gifts, Part 1

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Part 8 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Desiring Spiritual Gifts 1 Corinthians 14 provides practical instruction on the use of spiritual gifts. Even though a substantial portion […]

All Gifts Matter to the Body of Christ

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Part 7 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series After beginning his correction of Corinthian abuses by outlining the nature of spiritual gifts, Paul proceeds to an extensive discussion […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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When Work Seems Useless READ Isaiah 49:1-4 I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the LORD’s hand; I will trust God for […]

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country, Part 3

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The Medina River as it runs through Bandera City Park in Bandera, Texas, “The Cowboy Capital of the World.”

Unusual Hi-Tech Retreat at Laity Lodge

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Laity Lodge is, quite intentionally, a lo-tech place. We don’t have cell service in the Frio Canyon where Laity Lodge is located, and we don’t want it. If people need to make phone calls, they can use pay phones! We […]

When and How Do We Receive Spiritual Gifts?

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Part 6 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series You may be wondering why I am spending so much time in this series on clarifying the nature of spiritual […]

Spiritual Gifts as “Momentary Empowerments” for Ministry

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Part 5 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series I sought to define spiritual gifts as they are explained in 1 Corinthians […]

Defining “Spiritual Gifts”

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Part 4 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I asked the question: What are spiritual gifts? I explained that Paul does not define the […]

The Ministry of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12-14

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Part 3 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series on Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ, I’ve explained that the Holy Spirit is […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Arguing Clay READ Isaiah 45:9-13  “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does […]

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country, Part 2

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Leaves of an oak tree in our back yard. The tree is known by various names: Spanish Oak, Red Oak, or Texas Red Oak. We don’t have many trees in the Texas Hill Country that turn red in autumn, but […]

The Abuse of Spiritual Experiences in Corinth . . . and Today

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Part 2 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I introduced the bodybuilding work of the Spirit. The church, as the body of Christ, is […]

Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ: Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Spiritual Gifts in the Body of Christ Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I just recently finished an extended series on the church as the body of Christ. Building on that foundation, I […]

A Christian Response to the 2008 Presidential Election (Part 3)

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Part 3 of series: A Christian Response to the 2008 Presidential Election Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my first two posts in this series I’ve outline three facets of a Christian response to the presidential […]

A Christian Response to the 2008 Presidential Election (Part 2)

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Part 2 of series: A Christian Response to the 2008 Presidential Election Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began discussing a Christian response to the presidential election. More accurately, I began repeating […]

A Christian Response to the 2008 Presidential Election

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Part 1 of series: A Christian Response to the 2008 Presidential Election Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In November 2004 I put up a short series entitled – Presidential Election Results: A Christian Response. I meant […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Freedom that Comes from the Servant READ Isaiah 42:5-12  “You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.” Isaiah 42:7 In Isaiah, the Servant of God will […]

Autumn in the Texas Hill Country

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  An autumn view of “The Blue Hole” on the H.E. Butt Foundation property, near Laity Lodge.

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