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Festo Kivengere: Fellowship is Not Uniformity

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To have fellowship is not to have uniformity. It is the drawing presence of Jesus Christ, the Light of God, penetrating me and shining on my brother so that we inevitably are drawn toward each other, and into fellowship. What makes it possible for us to go on walking and working together peacefully? St. John tells the secret: “…and the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, keeps on cleansing us...

How to: Be Holy

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You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48, ESV) I remember back then when I was stuck in charismatic spirituality; we never started a prayer without an attempt to first ‘purify’ ourselves, or make ourselves holy, or perfect as Jesus puts it in Matthew 5:48. I was convinced, both implicitly and explicitly, that God would only listen to my prayers if I...

The True Way of Salvation

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With Paul we absolutely deny the possibility of self-merit. God never yet gave to any person grace and everlasting life as a reward for merit. The opinions of the papists are the intellectual pipe-dreams of idle pates, that serve no other purpose but to draw men away from the true worship of God. The papacy is founded upon hallucinations. The true way of salvation is this. First, a person must...

There is no Shadow of Turning with Him

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“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”—2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV) Not you—and certainly not me. Ten-time over, I have broken all the promises I set out to uphold. I have broken all the promises I made to other people. I have broken all the promises I have to God. I have also broken all the promises I have made to myself. Every day, before I leave my bed, I shatter the...

How Christ Redeems Sex in a Broken World

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As an author and pastor, Paul Tripp stands out for me as one of the most passionate about what he does. A few years back I heard him say that before he preaches a sermon to an audience, he will first preach it to himself. For him, it is of vital importance to believe what he is going to preach before he steps on the pulpit. When I saw his new book Sex in a Broken World: How Christ Redeems What...

The Black hole in the Human Heart

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.—Colossians 1:18-20 (ESV) In the middle of the Earth’s galaxy, the Milky Way is an...

God does not Give Second Chances

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You have heard it said that “Our God is a God of second chances.” This is a popular phrase in the church today. I barely get through a testimony without hearing someone talk about a second chance God gave them. I am not sure if what they always refer to is a second chance, necessarily, or it is a third, tenth, or a nine-hundredth chance. Sure, we blow it every day. Fair to say, we blow it every...

The 5 Most Popular Articles of 2017

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This past year was an eventful one. A lot of things happened including someone breaking into our office and taking off with our laptop computers. This event in particular dealt a blow to my writing spirit a great deal. All the projects I was working on for The Vertical Life were lost. That said, the positives outweigh the negatives. There were some great articles published on mategyero.com. These...

11 Advent Quotes to Feed Your Anticipation for Christmas

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Advent is that time of year when we make our final turn leading up to Christmas. Around this time, we feed on the promise of God to one day send the ‘seed of the woman’ who will crash the head of the serpent (Gen 3:15). Advent is the coming to life of that promise told in a variety of ways and through the lips all Old Testament prophets. Below are some quotes from books, the hymnal and the prayer...

You Are Not What You Do

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“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”— Colossians 3:12-13 From all sides, the world shouts one thing: You are what you do. Your value, identity, and worth are...

What if God Allows Suffering?

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Facebook has become for me a theological ‘battle-ground.’ Unlike the pictures which are meticulously filtered, the ideas are never filtered. The biggest debate this week has been that of the sovereignty of God. It may seem pretty obvious to you that God is in control, “of course He is,” you might say, but it may not be that obvious. Someone came out and asserted that God is not...

27 Lessons from a 27 Year Old

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On 7th October, this past Saturday, I turned 27 years of age. Along the way, I have learned a lot majorly through failure. Here is a trimmed list of 27 lessons from a 27-year-old. Life I am more sinful than I can dare believe (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5 ) but God is more gracious than I can dare imagine (Romans 3:23-25; Hebrews 8:12) Stop trying to chase 35,000 dreams when you have one life to live...