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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on Philippians 1:7-8. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: True Christian fellowship is a combination of devotion to, delight in, and desire for each other.

 

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This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on Genesis 2:18-25 (“God’s Design for Marriage” in a series called “God’s Design for Gender and Sexuality”). Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: God designed marriage to be a blessing, with a specific pattern, sequence, and order – all for His glory and our good.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Peter 3:1-6. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: The submission of wives to their husbands involves entrusting themselves to God, respectful behavior, developing godly character, and doing what is right.

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Jonathan Edwards’ 15th resolution is an interesting one (maybe it’s just my sense of humor).

Resolved, Never to suffer the least motions of anger towards irrational beings.

My first response was, “How do you define an irrational being?”

Seriously, I understand what Edwards is saying here: if someone is so angry that they’ve come to the point of irrationality, it makes no sense to return their anger. If we do, it will not accomplish anything and will not glorify God.

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

A good resolution. I know I need to work on it.

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How can we build deep relationships with one another if we’re fixated on a “microwave” lifestyle? It’s extremely hard if not impossible. But we can take steps in that direction, writes Shawn Young. Her article “The Lost Art of Lingering” is well worth a few minutes to read and get us thinking. You can read it here.

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