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Why is it important for us to have an accurate theological understanding of who God is?

Over the past several weeks we have focused on some of the attributes of Godthe omniscience of God, the omnipresence of God, the omnipotence of God, the goodness of God, the immutability (unchanging nature) of God, to name a few. We could easily spend the rest of the year considering the attributes of God. But even if we were to consider a different attribute of God each w...

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Another Incomprehensible Sermon

A few weeks ago I preached on the incomprehensibility of God. The key concept there is that God is infinite, so we cannot understand Him fully (even though we can know Him truly). This Sunday I plan to preach on the holiness of God, and as I began preparing for that I came across the following quote from A. W. Tozer, under the heading "We Cannot Understand Holiness." I su...

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The Nearness of God is our Good

Whenever a plane goes down, there is inevitably a news story about the people who were supposed to be on the plane but weren'teither because their alarm didn't go off or there was a traffic jam or they switched travel plans at the last minute. When we hear stories like that, we Christians tend to say, "Wow! Isn't God good!?" We say that a lot"Isn't God good!?" when we hear...

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A Fixed Point in a Constantly Changing World

It has been said that the only thing constant is change. Think about the number of things that have changed over the course of your life. Take the way I'm composing this article, for instance. I'm using a word processor on the computer. If, make that when, I make a mistake, all I have to do is hit the backspace button a few times and correct my errors. In the old days, t...

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This Sunday's Sermon Will Be Incomprehensible

I know what you're thinking. How is that different than any other sermon Jared has preached? But I assure you, this time will be different. This Sunday, instead of focusing on what we know about God, I want to think about how much we don't know about God. I figure I am just as qualified as anyone to talk about things no one knows anything about. Throughout this sermon ser...

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Is Anything Too Hard For God? The Doctrine of the Omnipotence of God

A 747 jetliner was halfway across the Atlantic when the captain got on the loudspeaker and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have lost one of our engines, but we can still reach London with the three we have left. Unfortunately, this will make us one hour late.” An hour later the captain made another announcement, “Sorry, but we lost another engine....

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When Sentiment Drives Your Theology

Mothers’ Day is coming up this Sunday. It’s a time to express love and appreciation to our mothers, which of course we should do often, not just on this particular day. Mothers’ Day evokes an outpouring of sentiment for our mothers, expressed through cards, flowers, a nice meal out, and a phone call if you and your mother are separated by distance. When sentiment...

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The Omniscience of God

Some ago I went to the doctor for help with some sharp pain in my neck. The doctor ordered an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). This procedure is a noninvasive medical test that physicians use to diagnose medical conditions....

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Our Great God

What you believe about God determines how you will live, what you live for, and why. It determines how you view yourself and others and how you interact with them. It determines your ethics and priorities and sense of reverence and gratitude or the lack thereof....

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What Is a Xenophile?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “hospitality”? Maybe you think of hosting dinner parties, or Martha Stewart. Maybe hospitality means always having home-baked cookies and fresh-squeezed lemonade on standby in case someone drops by. Or, maybe you’ve been thinking about hospitality in the church context. ...

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