Tag Archive: grace

Apr 19

“I’m a Sinner”

Many of us like to refer to ourselves as “a sinner.” Even pastors boldly proclaim at times, “I’m a sinner.”I would like to encourage you to stop doing that. Of course, you are a sinner, the Bible says “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” But, if you have been born …

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Jun 24

Focused on the Flesh?

If you are born-again, the Scriptures say you risen with Christ. You are in union with Him! Sadly, we’ve mostly been taught by well-intentioned pastors and ministry leaders that we need to focus on our flesh, trying to “get right with God.” This is so not what Paul teaches in his letters, but rather the …

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Dec 14

Seeing God in the Darkness

On Sunday December 13, 2015, my wife Tammy, our daughter Jenny and I had the opportunity to share with the dear saints at Wilmington First Assembly about our journey this past year. “Seeing God in the Darkness” of a diagnosis that brings fear and so many questions is a sampling of our thoughts about the …

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Jun 12

God is Satisfied

The plan of God is so simple, yet so beyond our humanity to fully comprehend. It is multi-layered, the peeling away of layers granting us an un derstanding of an additional glorious part of His plan.  Paul refers to it as the “mystery of Christ.”  God is constantly willing to reveal to us another level …

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Dec 26

“Dipped In Blood”

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice he judges and wages war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns.  He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is …

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Dec 12

No Gifts For You

You are so ready.  You’ve been looking forward to this moment all week.  The table is set with the finest china and crystal.  The aroma of the meal fills the house, energizing your sense of expectation.  You know I’m coming to visit, and you can’t wait.  In all likelihood, I am bringing you a gift …

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Jan 17

The Fire of the Holy Spirit – a Divinely-Inspired Thought

The following is a divinely-inspired thought that came to me as I was driving to one of my son’s soccer games last Fall.  I recorded it into my phone as I drove and have transcribed it here.  I hope it encourages you. “The fire of the Holy Spirit consumes the flesh.  The sacrifices in the …

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Dec 13

“Yeah, but…”

Have you ever heard, “I believe in God’s grace, but…” Or, “Yes we are new creations, but…”  It’s like taking the most magnificent part of the Gospel and saying “Yeah, but.” There is no “but” in the Gospel.  Minimizing the truth is a safe way to keep from teaching it. Chances are it’s not something …

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Jun 28

“Get Them Calves Outta Here”

I remember as if it were yesterday. Sitting across from a pastor friend I had served for years, and still respected and loved deeply.  We were in Selma, NC eating Chinese food for dinner. I had just recently heard the truth of the finished work of Christ, and was excitedly sharing with him the cool …

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Feb 08

What Do You Do If You Think God is Ashamed of You?

My son, Andy, has a blog at www.tumblr.com It’s really good. You can check it out at http://www.tumblr.com/blog/shekinahgloryfall I was walking through the living room a few nights ago and noticed he was looking at a question someone had posted.  It read, “What Do You Do If You Think God is Ashamed of You?” Immediately …

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