Author: Ian

Book Review: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

Many Christians are at a loss when faced with decisions.  “Does God have a specific will regarding this choice?”  “What happens if I miss His will?”  “Does God care about little things like what color my toothbrush is?  If not, how detailed  is God’s will for my life?” Christians struggle with questions similar to these every day. The Traditional View The traditional mindset concerning God’s will is essentially that God has a specific “blueprint” for every Christian’s life. According to this view, it is possible for a Christian to discern that blueprint and “remain in the center of God’s...

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Memorials of Grace

This is the age of the moment. People live from pleasure to pleasure in search of something new, something exciting, something lasting. The mantra of our generation is “live in the moment.” At the same time we are almost as concerned with capturing the moment as experiencing it.  We attempt to make our experiences last forever by bottling them up in digital images, t-shirts, key rings, bumper stickers and video clips. Though we have little interest in the past, we are very concerned about saving mementos of our own experiences. There’s nothing inherently wrong with enjoying the present or...

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Finding Spiritual Equilibrium

James 1:8 describes a “double-minded” man who is unstable in all of his ways.  This is a person who may be a Christian, but keeps falling into sin.  Perhaps he or she professes a strong desire to do right, but just seems to be up and down all the time. Galatians 5:16-18 gives more insight into the conflict involved and how to find victory. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these...

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