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Divine Healing

“I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26b) Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:2-3) I stood beside the bed of a young mother in hospice care.  Her brain tumor was inoperable...
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Gay Marriage: A Pastoral Response

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, there has been a firestorm of Facebook posts and blogs. My goal is not to debate the ruling. Instead, I want to briefly describe the decline of Christian moral values in America during...
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Lent Demystified

Note about author For three years I have attended Eagan Hills Alliance Church with my wife Jenny and our four children: Grace, Joshua, Charlie, and Noah.  I grew up Roman Catholic and I continue to follow many of the spiritual disciplines I learned in my youth....
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The Devotional Reading of Scripture

“We study Scripture in the presence of the living God, as those who stand under both it and Him.    Each time it is as if He has handed us a letter from Himself and stays with us while we read it to hear what our answer will be.” James I. Packer When I was student at...
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Why I am Opposed t the Legalization of Marijuana

I have smoked pot thousands of times.  From my early teens to early twenties I smoked pot nearly every day, and normally many times a day.  Experientially, I was an expert on pot. It has been nearly thirty years since I got high.  My friends tell me the pot is better...
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Why I Believe Jesus Rose From the Dead

Note: Some material for this blog is adapted from “Beyond Death” by Gary R. Habermas and J. P. Moreland (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Pub. 2004) and “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus” by Gary R. Habermas and Michael R. Licona (Grand Rapids; MI: Kregel, 2004)....
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“JESUS CALLING” BY SARAH YOUNG

In recent months I have been asked several times what I think about Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. So here is my brief response. On October 23, 2013 the NY Times stated, “Since its 2004 release, Ms. Young’s ‘Jesus Calling,’ a collection of 365 short daily ‘devotionals’...
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Try Writing Your Conversion Story

When I was a student at the Moody Bible Institute I had a class on Personal Evangelism.  One of the assignments was to write our conversion story in Gospel language.  Many students were stunned to get a “D” on their conversion story!  I think I received a “B” on mine....
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Fasting During Lent: A Guide

What is fasting?  One of my favorite ways of describing fasting is to say, fasting is abstaining from something I normally do, in order to give attention to something I don’t normally do (or don’t do enough!). Two well-known authors on spiritual disciples have defined...
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Is Jesus the Only Savior? Is the Gospel of Jesus Necessary for Salvation?

Is Jesus the Only Savior? Is the Gospel of Jesus Necessary for Salvation? Read these two questions again, and marvel that some modern theologians can answer “yes” to question one, and “no” to question two! Their position, called “Inclusivism,” is growing in popularity...
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