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Grace for the Thorn

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul talks about a persistent problem he had and God’s grace that was sufficient to help him with it. There is a lot of speculation about what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was. Some think it could have been a physical...

True Accomplishments, Again

I noticed something I had written a while back, True Accomplishments, and thought of something else that has to do with true accomplishments: Paul had a lot of personal accomplishments, but they didn’t mean anything to him in light of God’s Gospel and...

A Bit on Sin

Sometimes sin is broken into these two categories: missing the mark and trespassing. Or, failing to live up to the standard and purposefully doing what you know you shouldn’t. God has a standard for our behavior, and when we’re not purposefully doing the...

Struggling with Expecting God’s Goodness

I spent Sunday School at a different church yesterday, and we talked about struggling when we don’t know what’s going to happen. Sometimes we have difficulties and pains in our lives, and while we know God is good, we don’t always know why God lets...

Elijah, Ahab, God, Rain, and Super Speed

King Ahab had been doing just about everything possible to anger God (1 Kings 16:29-33), and because of this God told Ahab through Elijah that it wouldn’t rain for years until God said so (1 Kings 17:1). God then told Elijah to go somewhere else (presumably to...

A Few More Reminders

Sometimes we get so caught up in wanting to hear commands directly from God’s voice that we forget about or ignore the marching orders He’s already written for us. Holiness isn’t just acting a certain way as if just the doing of a thing makes you...