The Microblog

Welcome to my microblog—home of my frequent and quite random granular thoughts. These posts are inherently incomplete and perhaps not fully explored. Feel free to engage me in the comments.

The Purpose of Anger

Anger exists to put to the forefront of our minds the need for reconciliation. When we are sinned against, we misuse that anger by resorting to slander and gossip. How much more peaceful would life be if, rather than using the heat of our fury to burn others, we...

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Do You Humble Yourself First?

It is better to confess than to condemn; one brings reconciliation, and the other brings ruin. If anyone has sinned against you, and you against them, do not hesitate to humble yourself first. Even if you are the only one who reconciles, it is wiser to be innocent and...

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Do You Doubt the Saving Power of Jesus?

When we backslide into the mire of old sins, we are tempted to doubt the power of Christ to rescue us. After we lose sight of Christ, we attempt to escape the mire on our own. As we wade through its thick, muddy waters and are entangled in the roots and thorns, we...

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Wrath Reveals Hidden Heart Idols

Our blood boils when we do not get what we want. When you become furious with someone, that is because they have withheld or disrespected something you value more than them. We love our idols more than men and women created in the image of God. When you lash out at...

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Do You Covet?

To covet is to commit theft with the heart. It is when you look at something someone else has, and desire that you have it instead. The sin of covetousness is rarely spoken of, and it is even more rarely taken seriously, but it is much worse than most people give it...

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Are You Too Embarassed to Confess Sin?

Sometimes, our shame keeps us from confessing our sins to God. We find certain things we have done to be so humiliating that we push them away and hope to forget about them. Even when we do confess our sin, we dance around it and word it in a way that stings less. We...

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Do You Know Your Sin?

When you sin one day, you forget about it, and the next day, you sin again—The second sin hardly weighs on your conscience because you have already forgotten the first. Know your sin well. See it for what it truly is. Know its frequency and what tempts you into it....

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Why Are You Repenting?

If you want to kill your sin only because you fear its consequences, then you are not going to succeed. If you want to be freed from a sin only because it keeps you from getting something else you want, then you will only exchange one sin for another. If your...

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Are You Doing Well Apart from God?

Only a foolish knight would praise the thickness of his skin for keeping him unscathed in battle, rather than his armor. How awful would it be for that same knight, having become overconfident after his victory, to go into the next fight dressed only in cloth!...

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Does Worry Keep You from Prayer?

“And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground” (Luke 22:44 NASB). When we are stressed, our temptation is to be distracted from prayer. Notice that the greatest of agony made Christ pray even...

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God’s Smallest of Graces

With time and ingenuity, man can harvest the power of the wind, build mighty ships to sail across oceans, torch entire forests to smoldering ash, and even move the mountains. Despite this, there is one thing man can never do—change his own heart. For a sinner to...

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Have You Been Abandoned?

The more time you spend with someone, the greater the pain of separation. When you truly love someone, you naturally become excited upon hearing that you will be able to see them for a long time. What a great and glorious joy it is then, that Christ will never leave...

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Have You Ridiculed Others?

Christians have the greatest reason in the world to show dignity and respect to others, no matter how undeserving or different they are. It is abhorrent for a Christian to ridicule anybody—while we were living in guilt and shame, God was gracious to cover that shame...

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Does Your Ministry Feel Insignificant?

God is glorified by faithfulness, not talent. Even if the task of ministry set before you seems small, you may glorify God just as much as the next person insofar as you do it worshipfully and with joy. Even if your task is small, do not be deceived into thinking that...

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How One May Love in the Midst of Anger

Love is not provoked (1 Corinthians 13:5). Why is it so difficult, in a moment of anger, to speak kind words? After lashing out in fury, it is almost impossible to then turn around and say to a spouse, “I love you,” to a friend, “I value you,” or even to an enemy, “I...

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Do You Want to Be Heard First?

The voice that demands to be heard proceeds from the heart that desires to be worshipped. When you insist that others listen to you first, you claim to speak as God Himself, because you demand the reverence and respect only He deserves. Before you raise your voice in...

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