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How to Love God – Part 2

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How to Love God Part 2

John Bunyan: “When God brings sinners into the covenant of grace, he doth first kill them with the covenant of works, which is the moral law, or ten commandments.”

To sum up yesterday’s post I argued that the main work of the law is to reveal God’s holiness and righteous standard and to then apply that standard of holiness to us in order to show our sinfulness. I proposed that even the command we think of us a softer New Testament command, namely to love, actually comes from the Old Testament and Jesus’ interpretation is even more difficult. I also said that the law of God is not able to change us by itself, but that its main job is to reveal to our hearts our sinfulness and push us to Christ for righteousness that comes through faith.  Continue reading “How to Love God – Part 2”

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Marriage & Divorce

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DisclaimerChristie and I just celebrated 20 years of marriage.  It has been good and sweet and difficult and humbling.  Please don’t despair from the happy picture, there are many times it has been ugly.  The statement below is what I have been convinced of from Scripture.  I truly believe that God is able to keep you in your marriage even through extreme difficulty.  

Marriage is a picture of Jesus’ covenant-keeping love for His bride. The radicalness of the love of Christ is pictured many ways – Jesus’ death on the cross for hell-bent sinners being number one.

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How to Love Sinners – God and Homosexuality

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Love does not require that one accepts everything about a person. True love may require, in fact, that we speak to someone about the error of their ways.

As a parent, if my child wants to play on the railroad tracks, it is, in fact, unloving if I say “Sure, honey, do whatever you want.” If I correct my child for doing something that is harmful to them – it is not a rejection of them as a person if I seek to stop them from doing what they want to do. It is because I care for them that I tell them not to play on the railroad tracks. Continue reading “How to Love Sinners – God and Homosexuality”

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