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Six Dimensions of Hell on the Cross

Artists and poets have speculated over the centuries about hell (consider Dante’s “Inferno”), but the clearest revelation of hell is given at the cross.  The Apostle’s Creed affirms that Christ descended into hell. While this has often been taken to refer to a journey Christ made after his death, the […]
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What To Do When the Cultural Mood Gets You Down

Every once in a while I come across a very encouraging but overlooked verse in the Bible. It is usually tucked away in the writings of a rarely preached upon prophet or overshadowed by more impactful theology. I rarely hear it quoted, if at all. No matter, it is a gem. I ran into one of those […]
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Your Opinion of Jesus is a Matter of Life and Death

Who do you say Jesus is? When it comes to Jesus Christ, there really is no neutral ground. According to chapters five and six of the Gospel of Mark, there are two opinions a person can have about Jesus, but the two are not created equal. In fact, what we […]
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Why Confronting Sin is an Act of Compassion

I made a mistake when I came home from the 7:30 am Easter service. After celebrating the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and feeling the joy of that occasion, I ruined it by watching “Face the Nation.” This past weekend’s topic was, as you’d expect, the Religious Freedom […]

Four Ways Our Identity in Christ Changes Our Lives

A couple of years ago, while my family was making a quick trip to a department store, one of our children started losing control. Our little boy began to struggle with a verbal and aggressive outburst as his little mind seemed to turn into someone else. This was nothing new […]
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Is Christ Both Necessary and Sufficient for You?

But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Hebrews 9:26) In mathematics and philosophy, we show something to be true if it meets criteria that are both necessary and sufficient. For example, for […]