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How to Not Hear the Holy Spirit
September 16, 2017
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How to Not Hear the Holy Spirit
“I feel like the Lord is leading me to do it.” Those were my friend’s parting words to me. I told him not to follow this leading, but he’d had an experience he “really felt was from the Lord.” I tried to explain what the Bible had to say about his choice. In fact, many […]
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The Devil is Real. The Bible is True. The Work Remains.
February 20, 2017
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The Devil is Real. The Bible is True. The Work Remains.
Yesterday was one of those days. One of those days you’re startlingly reminded that God has a real enemy, and he hates you. I arrived to church yesterday and, for no reason at all, my back went out. I could hardly stand. On the way into the building, my daughter was nearly run over by someone […]
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Of Discipleship and Destiny
December 3, 2016
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Of Discipleship and Destiny
It was a fresh, autumn day. “Fresh” is that euphemism that Scots use to describe utterly terrible, grey, rainy weather that most other places in the world would deride. Call it a coping mechanism. Anyway, it was fresh with a bit of sun that day. I just moved to Edinburgh with my wife, our three-month-old daughter, […]
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Miscellanies: How I’m Beating Anxiety
November 1, 2016
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Miscellanies: How I’m Beating Anxiety
There’s a future version of Adam Mabry that I’m working to become. He’s better, smarter, wiser, more loving, and host of other things that I’m not at the moment. You probably do this, too. Heck, the Bible does. The Scriptures hold out the hope of resurrection and the perfect, glorified future that goes with it. […]
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3 Reasons I Don’t Believe God
September 15, 2016
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When someone I trust makes me a promise, I believe them. Why isn’t this true when God makes me a promise? I believe in God, but sometimes I don’t believe God. Believing in God and believing God are not the same. In prepositions lie the power of life and death. I Don’t Know Them I can’t […]
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3 Reasons We Must Fight for Joy in God
August 3, 2016
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3 Reasons We Must Fight for Joy in God
“To the world, the dejected Christian seems to accuse God and His service, as if he openly called Him a rigorous, hard, unacceptable Master, and His work a sad unpleasant thing… You are born and new born for God’s honor; and will you thus dishonor Him before the world?”   Richard Baxter, 1830. I’m going to […]
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3 Trust Issues We All Have
May 26, 2016
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3 Trust Issues We All Have
Trust is a sticky issue for most of us. In bygone days, we weren’t constantly bombarded with story after story of human untrustworthiness. But today our feeds are filled with clickbait-laden stories of how everyone is really quite untrustworthy. Small wonder, then, that when it comes to trusting God or anyone else, we struggle. Romans […]
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The Wonder of Weakness
April 2, 2016
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The Wonder of Weakness
Like you, I feel constant pressure to look better, stronger, and more successful than I actually am. The world likes the strong. We root for them. We pay them millions to be stronger than others. God, however, seems to be drawn to the weak. “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not […]
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5 #TrueFacts About Faith
March 24, 2016
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5 #TrueFacts About Faith
Here are five #TrueFacts about faith: Faith is not a Feeling Western peoples have never fully recovered from Romanticism. We lean way to heavily on how we feel at any given moment. This is probably why so much of our church experiences these days are designed to evoke or promote certain feelings. But, faith is not a feeling. […]
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#PrayLikeJesus
March 21, 2016
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#PrayLikeJesus
For whatever reason, we have a tendency to complicate spiritually simple matters. One such simple matter is prayer. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he didn’t write them a book or hold a seminar. Nor did he launch into a really long sermon. He simply said, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your […]