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Dec 2021 16 Dec 16, 2021

I recently participated in an interview with Bible Gateway on the subject of spiritual warfare. The entire episode is now posted here. I think you will enjoy it. Blessings! Sam...Read More

Dec 2021 13 Dec 13, 2021

This is the third installment of four in my series on the best books of 2021. As I noted in the previous articles, there were so many great books published this year that I couldn’t keep it to only ten. So here are numbers 10-6. (10) The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Leadership Team, by Dave Harvey (Crossway, 192 pp.). I so greatly appreciated this book by Dave Harvey that I agreed to write the Foreword to it. Few books on local church...Read More

Dec 2021 11 Dec 11, 2021
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That may sound like a strange question to ask, but such was the title of an article I recently read. 63% of church-going Christians said Yes, which means that 37% said No. When the survey included all American adults, only 41% believe Jesus existed before his birth in Bethlehem. So, let’s get this straight. What I’m about to say may at first sound heretical, but be patient with me. No, Jesus, the human being who walked the earth, died on a cross, and was rai...Read More

Dec 2021 6 Dec 6, 2021

This is the second installment of four in my series on the best books of 2021. As I noted in the previous article, there were so many great books published this year that I couldn’t keep it to only ten. So here are numbers 15-11. (15) Shadows and Substance: The Truth About Jewish Roots and Christian Believers, by Neil Silverberg (Trilogy Christian Publishers, 253 pages). When Neil Silverberg contacted me earlier this year with a request to read his manuscript, I ...Read More

Nov 2021 29 Nov 29, 2021
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2021 may turn out to be the best year for new books in recent (or even distant) memory. As I sat down to compile my list, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the list far exceeds the typical ten best books that I have selected in previous years. And I now know why. The Covid-19 pandemic! If there is one good thing that came from the pandemic it is that many of us were confined to home for a considerable period of time and had ample opportunity to write more than...Read More

Nov 2021 22 Nov 22, 2021
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How big is your God? Is he big enough to create the universe and uphold it by the word of his power and providentially govern its direction and bring about the consummation of all things in precisely the way that he planned? Or do you worship and love and serve a tiny god, a pygmy god, a diminutive deity, a wee little god who easily fits in your back pocket or in a box of your own making, a so-called god who is unsure of himself and can’t guarantee that anything he...Read More

Nov 2021 17 Nov 17, 2021

I think I’ve been on the Susie Larson radio program three times now. This episode is a deeper dive into the subject of spiritual warfare. Enjoy!...Read More

Nov 2021 15 Nov 15, 2021
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It’s time for a personal confession. There are times, more than I’d like to admit, when I get extremely impatient. In most of those instances, I feel entirely justified in my reaction to people that stand in the way of my getting somewhere on time or who do something that I regard as inexcusable that disrupts my schedule. It was last Friday morning, November 12th. I was in a hurry to get some errands accomplished before making my 9 a.m. appointment to have t...Read More

Nov 2021 8 Nov 8, 2021
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That the Son of God assumed or took on human flesh in what we call the Incarnation is beyond dispute. But what kind of “flesh” did the Son of God assume unto himself when he became human? Was it fallen, sinful flesh, like yours and mine? Or was it unfallen flesh, devoid of the inherent sinful impulses that we all experience? In other words, were the temptations that Jesus encountered (Heb. 4:15) entirely external to himself, or did he resist promptings and te...Read More

Nov 2021 3 Nov 3, 2021

As glorious and wonderful and reassuring as Romans 8:28 is, it’s important to know that it is not universal in its application. Paul specifically says that God orchestrates all things for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose. No unbeliever, no non-Christian can have any assurance that any good will come from any “thing” he/she experiences. Of course, Paul is not suggesting that God is sovereign only over that portion o...Read More