Entries by Pastor Rob

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The Rejection of Jesus is Marvelous!

 Have you not read this Scripture:         “‘The stone that the builders rejected                   has become the cornerstone;          this was the Lord’s doing,                 and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” In Mark 12:10-11, we read Jesus quoting Psalms 118 in pronouncing judgment against the religious leaders who not only questioned […]

Fighting Sin

Every follower of Christ is called to grow spiritually mature. Paul tells the Christians in Rome that “those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” He also wrote to the Church of Philippi that they were […]

Chapter 2: The Reason for Redemption

In the second chapter of The Hole in Our Holiness, Kevin DeYoung writes, “Why did God save you?”  It is a good question.  Of course there are several different answers: because God loved us (John 3:16) and for the glory of His name (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14), are probably the first two that come to mind, […]

Chapter 1: Mind the Gap

In the first chapter of The Hole in Our Holiness, Kevin DeYoung uses humor to write of his disdain for outdoor camping.  He admits that, “Camping may be great for other people, but I’m content to never talk about it, never think about it, and never do it.”  He uses that attitude to link to […]

The Hole in Our Holiness

The Hole in Our Holiness Introduction One of the advantages and privileges of being in full-time ministry is the opportunity to spend more time in prayer, devotions, as well as reading and studying the Bible.  It also gives me the time to read other books that are spiritually helpful.

3-2-1 The Story of God, the World and You

In our daily walk with God, we should often stop and wonder at the grandness of the relationship that God wants to have with us. It is not an elusive God that puts forth his hand to us. It is not an aloof uninterested God whose heart breaks at our every stumble. It is certainly […]

Static

Static: “pertaining to or characterized by a fixed or stationary condition, showing little or no change: a static concept; a static relationship.” (Dictionary.com) Do you ever feel that you are running in place? Your arms and legs are wildly pumping; you exert tremendous energy, yet do not advance forward?

Be Careful of How You Treat Sin

Review from last post… Instead of defeating their enemies, Israel put them to “tribute”: a payment by one ruler or nation to another in acknowledgment of submission or as the price of protection. Instead of obeying the Word of the LORD they felt like they had a better solution. Why defeat them if you can have them […]

Put to Tribute

Last week I wrote about our struggle with sin… In my desire to fight sin I realize that I have not taken the exhortation of the writer of Hebrews to heart when he writes that, In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. I realize that many […]