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Expression, Not Suppression

He is in you and He is much more powerful than sin. Rather than using your own strength to suppress your natural self, live out His self.

"I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life that I now live int he flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Gal 2:20).


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Love and Liberty

In John 13 through 17, Jesus speaks to His disciples on the night before He goes to the cross. It's His last chance to talk to them about what is most important to Him. He doesn't spend that time talking about what foods they should eat, what clothes they should wear, what music they should listen to, or anything like that. He does spend a good amount of time talking about how they can have victory in their emotional lives, but the beginning, middle and end of the sermon is about love.

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Academic Articles

"Dispensationalism and Free Grace: Intimately Linked" from Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society:

Part 1
Part 2
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The Essence of Legalism

When we talk about legalism, it is very easy for the conversation to quickly turn toward defining legalism by how many rules we have and what kinds of rules they are. It's as if there's some line, a limit of how many rules you have for yourself, and as long as you don't cross that line, you're not legalistic. But that misses the point entirely.

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Paul's Heart: Part 1

Not many people have ever mastered the alchemy of transforming their heart into ink the way the Apostle Paul did. I'm not sure anyone ever has, God Himself excepted. Paul walked this earth nearly 2000 years ago, yet at times I have felt as if our relationship is as intimate as a friendship can be. I love him deeply, and I know that is the case for many.

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Paul's Heart: Part 2

It's hard to imagine going through everything he went through for the gospel, but I know he's not alone in these struggles. Throughout the world, people suffer for Christ. The thing about this, though, that strikes me the most is that in his list of trials, the trial that he puts in the place of emphasis (in Greek, emphasis is shown by word order) is, "my deep concern for all the churches."

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No, Jesus Does Not Want You to Judge

There's an article out there by a popular talk radio personality (and more popular blogger) that says Jesus wants you to judge. No He doesn't. That's His job. He does not want you to tear Him off of His throne or His Bema seat.

That particular blog makes some good points. Yes, people do use the command not to judge to justify evil behavior. It goes like this:

Joe Thumper: "____________ is wrong. The Bible says so here and here."

Anne Tagonista: "The Bible says not to judge. Good Christians don't judge."

I get tired of these kinds of responses, too, but what Joe Thumper was doing isn't judging. Joe is discerning good and evil actions based upon Biblical principles.

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