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Martin Luther - the Great Reformer

Martin Luther, the Great Reformer, lived from 1483 to 1546. He grew up in the German city of Eisleben about 120 miles outside of Berlin. He studied law at an early age and achieved a bachelor's and master's degree by the age of thirteen. At the age of twenty-one, he was nearly struck by lightening while traveling through the countryside during a thunderstorm. Scared out...

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Here I stand, I can do no other

A clip from the movie "Luther" staring Joseph Fiennes. Luther nailed his 95 theses to the chapel door at Wittenberg, Germany on All Saints Day, October 31, 1517. Four years later he defended his writings at a special meeting called the Diet of Worms. There he delivered his famous words, "Here I stand, I can do no other." ...

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Spurgeon's Embrace of Biblical Paradox

"That God predestines, and that man is responsible, are two things that few can see.They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory; but they are not.It is just the fault of our weak judgment. Two truths cannot be contradictory to each other. If, then, I find taught in one place that everything is fore-ordained, that is true; and if I find in another place that man ...

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What if you went into therapy and found that the counselor was Jesus?

I read this today at Ray Ortlund's blog Christ Is Deeper Still. Ray is the pastor of Immanuel Church in the Nashville area. I've copied this directly from his blog, but substituted "Me" where Ray wrote "Nashville." WHAT IF I WENT INTO THERAPY, AND FOUND THAT THE COUNSELOR WAS JESUS? Me: I'm tired. Really tired. Especially tired of failing and then covering it up with a s...

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MMQB - October 26, 2009

1. I cannot do without the regular, consistent gathering together with a church family to whom I am committed and obligated. It is essential for my soul. As we sang together to Jesus yesterday I was reminded of how much my soul needs to gather with the Tribe. My heart hurts for people that for whatever reason do not prioritize commitment to a local church family. Sometimes...

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Prayer Causes Things to Happen

I believe fervently in the sovereignty of God in all things. I also believe fervently in the necessity of prayer. Some call that a contradiction. I call it biblical. ...

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Twenty years ago I met Pastor Randy

Twenty years ago this fall I was a scared "plebe" (freshman) at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. A few months before through the witness of my older brother I made a public profession of faith in Jesus at a crusade in my hometown. Now, as a scared freshman at an incredibly intimidating place, I was in a very vulnerable place spiritually. And i...

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MMQB - October 12, 2009

1. Been thinking a lot lately about how addicted we are as a culture to entertainment. Sports and sitcoms and the like dominate our psyche. This certainly dramatically effects our expectations of God, the Bible, and church. We lust for laughter, lightness, and escapism. Most of us know much more about the storyline of our favorite show than we do about the storyline of the...

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Jesus gets the glory

Came across this great quote from Jim Hamilton, a professor/pastor in Louisville. Read the whole thing here. "Jesus gets glory when nobodies gather and love each other. Jesus gets glory when nobodies gather in moldy buildings in bad parts of town. Jesus gets glory when pastors forsake the wisdom of the world, set aside attempts to show off, open the Bible and preach it."...

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MMQB (on a Wednesday)

Monday Morning Quarterback, October 7, 2009 (Okay, I realize it is Wednesday and not Mondaybut I was busy). 1. What a great weekend with Jennifer in New York City celebrating her birthday. We love our four children dearly, but it is so good to spend time alone together. 2. I'm always struck by the mass of humanity when I go to NYC. So many languages, so many cultures. H...

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Pray by Kendall Payne


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