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Hyper-Grace Teacher? I speak and write a great deal about the freedom we have in Christ. Indeed, one of the most beautiful redundancies in the entire Bible is found in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” In Romans 5, the apostle Paul is expounding on the grace of God,…

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Last week we looked at seven “ones” that form a basis, or foundation for Christian unity. We saw the one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. These ones supply the substructure for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-6).…

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We often treat the church as a sort of civic organization or a club. We join or leave that club based on whether or not it meets our needs and expectations. We join the Elks Club or the Moose Lodge because we agree or align with their mission statement. If that status changes, we leave.…

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T.S. Eliot is reputed to have asked, “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” Just as there is a difference between wisdom and knowledge, there is a difference between ignorance, naiveté, and foolishness, and it moves from bad to worse as we read from…

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Originally, the word “priority” was a mass noun, meaning it cannot be modified by an indefinite article and it cannot be made plural. There is only priority, not priorities, and not a top priority with lesser priorities beneath it. From the purist vantage-point, “priorities” is an oxymoron, an incongruity. It is self-contradictory. That said, I…

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Occasionally I’ll hear someone speak of themselves (or others) as anointed. “I have a special anointing from the Lord.” Perhaps they are referring to musical skill, or the ability to speak and exposit scriptural truth. Maybe it is an extraordinary ability to evangelize. The individual’s talent is so far beyond that of the general populace…

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Some people are oblivious. Or perhaps they are aware but simply do not care. Or maybe it is that they are aware but don’t believe X, Y, or Z applies to them. For months, now, our local Safeway store has had arrows on the floor designating one-way aisles. I have been diligent to observe these…

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