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Good and Faithful: What It Means to God

Good & Faithful Stewards

When it comes to being good and faithful stewards of this gift of life, we Christians often get it backwards. We focus on Biblical principles first. Not that Biblical principles are unimportant. Wisdom is essential to living, but not as critical as loving the Source and Giver of all wisdom. It's All About the Relationship Often we’re so busy trying to keep His principles that we neglect the relationship. We become performance-driven rather than love-driven. We conform to a list of rules, but … [Read more...]

Are You Being Refreshed by the Word of God?

Scripture Refreshes Us

In the previous post, we saw how the word complete in Hebrews 13:20-21 is the Greek word katartizo, which carries the idea that God desires to reconcile us to Himself through a process of reframing, restoring, and repairing in the context of a covenant relationship. Thinking about what it means for God to make us complete led me to take a look at 2 Tim. 3:16-17 which famously employs what appeared to be the same word: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean that God Makes Us Complete?

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May the God of peace… make you complete (katartizo) in every good work to do His will through the blood of the everlasting covenant so you will be well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever. (Heb. 13:20-21) There’s a lot going on in these verses theologically. But the simple version is this. The God of Peace, who has embarked from all eternity on a mission of grace and mercy, reconciling us to Himself, makes us “complete” in order to align our … [Read more...]

Last Minute Gift Idea: Why Not Give the Gift of Generous Love?

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The decorations are set. The tree is trimmed. Only hours remain for last-minute gift shopping. And there are still a few names on your list! If you are one of the 32 million "power shoppers" who put off purchasing gifts until the closing days before Christmas, maybe you should keep your credit card in your wallet when it comes to that last minute gift and give something far more rare and precious than anything you might find at the 24-hour Supercenter nearest you. This Christmas season, … [Read more...]

The Secret to Pleasing God

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So what is it? What is the secret to pleasing God? When we consider Jesus’ parable of the talents, most of us Christ-followers understand that each of us has been commissioned as a steward. Each of us would likely agree that we want to please God in our role as a steward of the time, talents, and treasure He has given us. When we read about what happened to the unprofitable servant with one talent, we’re sure we don’t want to be that guy. So how can we ensure then that we don’t end … [Read more...]

When God Plays Hide-and-Seek with You

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I don’t think it coincidence that C. S. Lewis started with a simple game of hide-and-seek when he penned The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.  The land of Narnia was only revealed in all its glory through Lucy’s participation in the process of intentional concealment and discovery. Although Lewis may not have intended it, his story depicts the process of hide-and-seek that God often uses to reveal both His glory and ours: It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of … [Read more...]

Why You Have Been Blessed by God

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Make no mistake about it: You have been blessed for a reason. When God pours out his goodness upon us, He has other objectives than your mere happiness. He blesses us so that we may bless others. We could call it the circle of love. God gives to us so we will give to others who will then give praise and glory back to God. In the end, it’s about Him. This cycle of God-induced generosity is clear in God’s covenant words to Abraham in Genesis 12: Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from … [Read more...]


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