Posts from April 2015

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The New Moses

by Ladd
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The baptism scene in Matthew is one of the most astonishing passages in the entire book. John the Baptist is baptizing in the Jordan River when suddenly Jesus appears and asks to be baptized. John, to say the least, is a bit taken aback by the request and pleads his case, “I need to be […]

A Significant Twist

by Ladd
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It is the night of the Passover. Moses has made it clear to every family that tonight the final plague is to fall on Egypt. And in order to protect themselves from the Angel of Death who will soon sweep across the country they must kill a lamb, and place its blood on the doorposts […]

It Happened Late One Afternoon…

by Ladd
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“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go forth to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.” 2 Samuel 11:1 It is interesting how easily sin slips into our lives. With David it all […]

Crushed by Perfection

by Ladd
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Timothy Keller, in his book Encounters with Jesus notes Jesus “did not come primarily to be a good example. And I am glad He didn’t. Do you know why? He’s too good! He’s so perfect that as an example He just crushes you into the ground. Anyone who really, seriously, seeks to make Him a […]

Sheer Grace and Sheer Mercy!

by Ladd
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A number of Christians believe that they need to conform to a series of beliefs or act a certain way before they can become right with God. That is religion in its most negative aspects and quite different from the Gospel. The Gospel teaches us that “ But God demonstrated His own love for us […]

What is Repentance?

by Ladd
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What is repentance and is it necessary for salvation? There seems to be a great deal of confusion about this simple term repentance and as a result some Christians spend huge amounts of time every day trying to remember every little thing they did that could be conceived as sin in order to repent of […]

The Expression of the Gospel

by Ladd
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“Sinners may be justified before God and by God, not because of any works of their own, but because of the atoning work of Christ, not because of anything they have done or could do, but because of what Christ did once when He died. The Gospel is not good advice to men, but good […]

Community

by Ladd
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Tonight I have the privilege of participating in the Lord’s Supper with a group of friends. What makes this especially interesting is that we come from such varied traditions concerning Communion. Our community consists of people of Catholic, Adventist, Pentecostal, Anglican, Vineyard and Baptists traditions as well as no affiliation, and yet we will all […]

God Works Through Our Flaws

by Ladd
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Ruth told me that she finally became serious about her relationship with Christ when she discovered how flawed most of the Bible characters are. When you grow up believing that all the Bible heroes are perfect and never make a mistake or do anything wrong it becomes very difficult to identify with them. But when […]

Friends With Skin on Them

by Ladd
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Oliver Wendell Homes Sr., wrote, “There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.” The reason I bring this quote up is because I’ve been thinking about friendships lately and how blessed a person is to have friends in their […]