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Table Marked by Grace

table marked by grace

"Jesus is just over there breaking down all of the social normalcies and conventions, and making room for everyone at His table. He’s just casually hanging out with a pharisee and a prostitute in the same room. No big deal. That’s actually what Jesus is getting at. We should be defying those social norms and, as Justin puts it, offering a space where change takes place...

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Silence and Renewed Speaking

Silence and renewed

"When I am planning to sit in silence, my mindset is the same as what I approached the weekend with, and I tell God something like this: “God, I’m coming to you in silence now to get this done. I need to hear from you in order to feel like I was productive in being silent.” If my silence is not met with some sort of enlightenment or a new inner peace, then that tim...

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We Will Feast

we will feast

"Paul is calling us to remember that the kingdom of God is forever, that the work we put into justice and goodness and sanctification and edification, that work will endure while our weak and frail bodies will pass away to be replaced with immortal bodies, freed from the limitations and weaknesses that we endure now! And so, in light of that, we fast. We take opportunities...

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Open Handed Living

Open handed living

"But, this passage emphasizes God’s fatherly care over his children. We are to be shaped by God’s kingdom, not by the weight of the expectations of the world. I know, easier said than done. But, this is why we must remain drenched in God’s Word, in community with his people, and we remain open handed when it comes to our things."...

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Alone

Alone Blog

"Spending time with the Father, as Christ did, can set the focus back on him. It reminds me that even through I neglect God in my day to day life, He has never turned away from me. I am so grateful that He remains steadfast in my life and continues to watch over me even when I stray away. He brings us back to the cross and reminds us of the love he has for us."...

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The Battle of Meditation

The battle of meditation

"We instinctively meditate on things to the point that those things permeate our hearts and minds. Unfortunately, because we are sinners, the things we naturally meditate and obsess over are things that are not good for us, or our hearts. If only we would use this already natural instinct of meditation to meditate over scripture, and how it shows us how God has moved and w...

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Common Grace

Common Grace

"Thankfully, Jesus has entered into glory and He has no ordinary rules of time and space. Justin always describes the grace of Jesus like this: “…as the rain falls, and as the sun shines". The Grace of Jesus extends across the universe and is more deep and wide than we can fathom." ...

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Baptism is a Front Door

Baptism is a front door

"Baptism is truly many-faceted; every time we look at it we perceive deeper meaning in this deceptively simple practice. Baptism is a front door, a death and resurrection, a cleansing, a wedding ring showing who we belong to, a legal document establishing our freedom from sin. As something which unites us to God’s Church, baptism has been practiced in an amazing diversit...

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The Word Stands Forever

The Word Stands Forever

"God is faithful to His word, whether or not the people who deliver it are faithful, and He will cause it to go forth in power." ...

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Offering & Renewed Generosity

offering & renewed generosity

"He gives us the opportunity each week to praise him with thankful hearts, and one of those ways is giving money. It’s hard for me to do this with rejoicing, probably because I’m so thankless. I forget that everything I have is God’s, I forget all that God has done for me, and I forget that giving is an opportunity God gives us to worship him rather than a drudgery o...

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