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A Pastor’s Reflections: Sanctification Hack?

I regularly come upon the phrase, “hack,” and people use it to denote a shortcut or way to bypass unnecessary problems or obstacles. One of my favorite websites, in fact, is dedicated to “life hacks”—articles that show you how to solve many common problems. I suspect that most people look…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Ready to Lose

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This past spring I had my first experience as a parent sitting on the sidelines and cheering for my son as he played organized team soccer. I have to say it was quite the experience. I got very caught up in the games and became as excited or more than…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Going Against the Grain

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When you go to church what do you hope to get out of the sermon? This is a question we should ask ourselves on a regular basis. I think most people rightly want to be edified, encouraged, and comforted. There are plenty of circumstances in life that cause us to…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t Lean the Fridge!

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All too often we dally with sin and wander the streets of temptation. We fail to recognize that sin is powerful and we do best to steer clear of it entirely. The type of example that often comes to mind is young people and sexual temptation. When young people date…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Pray the Directory

I think one of the most underrated things a pastor can do is pray for his congregation. I think pastors, of course, should do all of the regular tasks we might expect: preach, study, counsel, meet with the elders, and perform the regular pastoral administrative responsibilities, which may vary from…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Face in the Mirror

As a pastor I regularly listened to people give all sorts of reasons and excuses for their sinful conduct. As a parent, I have listened to my children blame everyone else for their sin. In one sense, this is nothing new. Blame shifting first appeared in the Garden of Eden…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Reversing the Effects

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The Internet has brought a technological revolution to many different aspects of life. In the pre-internet days if you were watching a TV show and recognized an actor but could not remember what other shows she appeared in, you were simply left in your ignorance. Now, you can whip out…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Virtual Ethics

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Abraham Kuyper once said that every single square inch of the creation lies under the sovereignty of Jesus Christ. I think most Christians would affirm this idea but more and more, in seems, people in reality are starting to carve out small places where Christ does not reign. It may…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Fire and Ice

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As a child I can remember there were massive differences between my maternal and paternal grandparents. My paternal grandparents hardly ever said a cross word at one another—I don’t recall them ever having a fight. Maybe they were good actors, or maybe I didn’t visit them enough and they fought…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t Pull the Trigger Too Fast

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One of the church’s biggest problems is divorce. I can’t say that I’ve seen any documented statistics, but one of the mantras I’ve heard over the years is that the divorce rate is the same inside and outside the church. About half of all marriages end in divorce. I have…
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