“Hello, My Name is ______ and I am Transformed”

This post is from chapter 11, “Hello, My Name is _____ and I am an Addict Transformed,” from my book, Gospel-Centered War: Finding Freedom from Enslaving Sin.  The Bible does not deny that we were various things—addicts, homosexuals, hateful, prideful, pornographic masturbators—but that is what we were (past tense) (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Titus 3:3-5). The […]

A Brief Theology of Emotions

You may have heard: “Don’t follow your emotions” or “don’t let your feelings get the best of you,” or “use your head.” But emotions are not bad in themselves.

Why Do We Sing In Church?

Why Do We Sing In Church? [Part 2]

Singing Transforms Us “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,… Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,… singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Col. 3:15-16).  “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns […]

Why Do We Sing In Church? [Part 1]

Introduction A lot of times we find it hard to engage in singing at church. There are a lot of things to distract us: funny unfamiliar phrases, me singing off-key in front of you, and a thousand other things. Why sing? Why purposely engage in worship? Singing at Sunday gatherings is basically one-third of what […]

Sneaky Subtle Stuff

It’s the steady and unnoticed drip that corrodes the foundation. It’s the subtle stuff that shapes us. What’s imperceptible impacts us. It’s the little things that don’t seem like a big deal that last. Precisely because they seem little. When we excuse something, because after-all, it’s only small, we often give refuge to an infectious […]

Procrastination

Imagine: a picture of a man standing beside a fire extinguisher contemplatively looking at his home on the verge of going up in flames. You are looking at a picture of procrastination.  Part of this was written in the woods and there were still distractions tempting me to procrastinate. Partly because I wrote this on my […]

Be Transformed by the Word of God

The Word is a sword that slays our sin (Eph. 6:17). If we say we want to fight sin than we must have our sword. We can’t fight sin let alone experience any victory if we don’t always have the Word ready at hand. We see this truth attested to in various places in Scripture: […]

Sing the Gospel

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” ~Colossians 3:16 Introduction Colossians 3:16 comes in the context of thankfulness and living in light of the gospel. In the beginning of Colossians 3 […]

I need to abide in Jesus!

It’s often tempting for me to think that if I better myself I will bear much fruit. If I just _______ and a million other things then I’ll bear much fruit and God will be able to use me. But that’s not what God’s Word says. Jesus tells us that if we abide in Him […]

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