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The Bible is Too Niavely Optimistic Most religions have a way of elevating yourself. Usually it is some version of good deeds. In Buddhism you get enlightenment. In Islam you follow the 7 pillars. In Judaism you keep the law. …Read More

  A WORLD OF PAIN Matthew 2:13-23 doesn’t seem very “Christmas-y”.  When we think of Christmas, we think of love, peace, joy, food, child in pretty manger, etc.   But in our study of Matthew 2, we are reminded of the …Read More

We will talk about the winner of a fight or an argument by saying, “he had the last laugh.”  God says that He will have the last laugh. Not just him, but his son Jesus, the “One” who is enthroned …Read More

I took a friend to lunch recently to talk about his faith journey. The subject of life and conception came up.   He wondered if I believed in life beginning at conception.   Was I “anti-abortion?” I said to him what I always say to that question… “I believe in a woman’s right to choose ~as long as it doesn’t end a human life….”  He paused.  What?!   Instead of framing the debate “choice vs life”… I reframed it to be “we agree on choice… tell me about life.”  He told me that he didn’t think life began until… “well, I don’t know.”  He was sure we shouldn’t do “too many abortions” in the 2nd and 3rd trimester.  I asked him… “Why? If it’s not a life, what’s the big deal bout taking it out anytime between conception and birth… You just told me it’s just a piece of tissue… A wart to be removed…”   He smiled… “Okay I admit it… I am not consistent.”   I was able to share with him why the Bible, history, philosophy, and SCIENCE clearly teach that life begins at conception.   The Bible teaches liberty and choice, but choices have limits.  Everyone would agree with that.  We can exercise liberty as long as we don’t kill others?  Our conversation allowed him to think about “what is a “person.”   Of course, I am passionate about the sanctity of life  personally because my son Quinn barely escaped death as his birth mother walked out of a planned parenthood abortion clinic October 2009 saving his life.   I am so thankful to God. We learn that no one is beyond help.  Since God came to “glue us” back to Him.   Our ability to be “glued” is not based on our stickiness.  It’s based on God’s.  No one is beyond hope and help. Not one person in your life, no matter what they’ve done is beyond God’s ability to repair.  The same with any situation, If God can solve the “how do you make a son that is given eternally with a child that is born” puzzle that confounded people for hundreds of years, he can solve and make good on the doubts and concerns confounding you right now. So, the first piece of EPOXY EVIDENCE THAT CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH IS 1) The Epoxy God is Two Parts.   That reminds us that God came to Glue us to Himself.  So, The Epoxy God is Two Parts, but The Second Piece of Epoxy Evidence is…God Has a Unique Start. What do I mean by unique start?  Well, the way we’ll see the God of two parts is to look for his unique start… A virgin will be with child. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the …Read More

If anything the last year has shown us is that nothing is certain.  The only certain thing is that… there is nothing certain. Few things can be counted on concretely.  Few things live up to their claims.  Remember that scene …Read More

What is Christmas all about? What is life all about? (Give unto others as you have had it given unto you.) Christmas is about the generosity of God. He gave of Himself generously and sacrificially to come to earth to …Read More

2) Celebrate and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat,   What is the entire country doing? Playing. Celebrating. Cheering. This is an incredibly spiritual thing to do. In fact, our first Strong Challenge is to celebrate, to play strong, to …Read More