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Fighting for Joy, Part Four: Praying for the Reward

[T]ake the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel... (Ephesians 6:17–19)

WARTIME PRAYER

Fighting for Joy, Part Three: Weaponizing and Wielding the Word

For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away... [W]hen one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.... And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:14, 16, 18)

REACHING FOR GLORY

Fighting for Joy, Part Three: Weaponizing and Wielding the Word

For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away... [W]hen one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.... And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:14, 16, 18)

REACHING FOR GLORY

Fighting for Joy, Part Two: The Enemies of Joy

Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:11–13)

HOLINESS AND HAPPINESS

The Image of God in a Fallen World - Part Two

God made everything good. Indeed, with man and woman standing at the center of God's world, we can agree with the statement of Genesis 1:31, "Behold, it was very good." The world should have stayed this way. Had Adam and Eve obediently followed God's commands they would have multiplied on the earth, spreading God's rule across the land and living in loving relationships, all to the glory of God himself. They would have had access to the tree of life and eventually been able to join God in his rest. The whole world would have been the better for it.

The Image of God in a Fallen World: Part One

The most popular television shows in our house are mostly nature documentaries - usually about strange animals in some far-flung part of the world (at least far-flung to us!). I can't tell you how many times I've watched different types of lemurs - ring-tailed lemurs, mouse lemurs, wooly lemurs, bamboo lemurs - climb through the trees of Madagascar. I've learned more than I care to know about the deadliest snakes and spiders in Australia. My kids never seem to grow tired of nature's marvels and the entertaining men and women who love to chase them down.

Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation: Locusts and Literary Genres in the Bible

I don’t usually watch the local news or any of the twenty-four hour cable news channels (unless there’s a major event under way). I prefer to read the news rather than watch it. Of course, I do live in the twenty-first century so most of my news reading comes from the internet. I’d rather browse new sites than watch news shows. Even as I’m browsing, I have an aversion to videos.

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