Category Archives: Discipleship

Mezuzah Scroll

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The Shema is one of the most significant sections of Scripture in the Hebrew Bible, and it is recited daily by Jews today in morning prayers. Deuteronomy 6:4-9   4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  … Continue reading

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Review of Crazy Love

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A month or two ago, Amazon offered free Kindle versions of some Francis Chan books. I’ve heard about Chan and some of his teachings, but I had not read anything of his on my own. I downloaded the books and … Continue reading

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Should We Hate Religion But Love Jesus?

The religion blog police have sent me notice of pending removal of my blog credentials unless I comment on this YouTube video. As of this writing, the video has over 17.3 million views in 2 1/2 weeks, and it has … Continue reading

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Is All of Life Worship?

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This is a hotly debated topic, and people on both sides of the argument seem pretty passionate about their beliefs. I’ve been thinking about this subject, and I’d like to throw in my two cents. There are some pretty big … Continue reading

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Reading and Re-reading the Text

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There is no greater substitute for knowing the Bible than simply reading and re-reading the text. Sermons, Bible classes, commentaries, and other theology books have their place. They can be beneficial for bringing understanding, but they should supplement Bible reading … Continue reading

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Costly Faithlessness

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In the classic work, Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer spoke of those who desired the blessings of the gospel without having to become disciples or commit their lives to God. He described this idea as “cheap grace.” It describes those … Continue reading

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Active Awareness of God

Sometimes I think that I can gauge my spiritual strength on my level of awareness of God. This may seem like a funny concept if you have not thought about it. Aren’t all Christians aware of God? Haven’t they committed … Continue reading

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Grace and Discipleship

The Bible often presents two seemingly opposed ideas as necessary and compatible. Both are required to live faithfully before God. Take grace and discipleship, for instance. These two concepts are essential elements of the Christian life, but they are not … Continue reading

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Psalm 2 Prayer

This is a prayer based on my reading and reflection of Psalm 2 (NASB, NIV): O Sovereign King! Ruler of the Universe and All Nations! You are in control, and all things are within your power. Yet, nations rise up, … Continue reading

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The Power of Prayer

The following verses are short, but they provide ample material for deep reflection on prayer: The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (James 5:16b). 16 Rejoice always,  17 pray without ceasing,  18 give thanks … Continue reading

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Psalm 1 Prayer

One of the things that I would like to do in this blog is focus on my devotional time with God.  I plan to write out some of my prayers that are based off of readings in Psalms.  Here’s my … Continue reading

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