Tag: God

A Resurrection Reflection

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by

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Jesus Jesus, Precious Jesus

Do you realize that Jesus considered you precious? He considered it a joy to redeem you. That’s the love we are rooted in. It’s not our own fickle, fleeting, weak love. It is our Lord’s eternal, unshakable, true love. Jesus is worth the pain. He’s worth the awkward, sheepish shame that so often comes with repentance. He’s worth imprisonment. He’s worth celibacy and ridicule. He’s worth the cost of obedience. 

The Church: A Gnarled Mess

We’re a gnarly, messy bunch of branches. We didn’t earn the life Jesus fills us with, and we’ve still got a long way to go before we’re completely pruned. But God in His infinite love and power and mercy chose to graft us to Jesus so that we might abide in Him. And this invitation is open to all.

Thanksgiving with Job

If you know anything about the book of Job, this might seem like an odd choice of passage for a thanksgiving message. Most of the book of Job shows a miserable man, deep in suffering, longing for death, looking for an explanation of why God would allow a righteous man to suffer so horribly. Job’s

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Patrick Preaching – “The Pandemic: Jonah”

This sermon was preached for RUF at CNU’s Virtual Large Group on April 1, 2020. RUF’s Large Group is a weekly worship service that has now shifted to live-streaming on YouTube thanks to COVID-19. Our passage comes from Jonah 2:1-10. 1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish,

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Free Will, Promises, and Prophesy in Joshua

I got the chance to lead a Bible study lesson on free will, God’s sovereignty, human responsibility, and predestination to an audience of eager and confused students. As you could imagine, there was far too much material to cover in one night of discussion. My students left me with brilliant, hard questions, which I attempted

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Is Hell The Same For Everyone?

Is hell the same for everyone? A student of mine essentially asked this question after a Bible study a number of weeks ago. Here’s his exact question, and my response: “Hey Patrick, there’s been a question on my mind for a while. It’s when you rescinded a statement that you made earlier when you said

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God’s Sovereign Choice – A study on Romans 8:28-9:29 (part 3)

Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. __________________________ This is the last part in my series on studying God’s sovereignty in Romans 8:28-9:29. The content and concepts covered already have been challenging. What lies before us has the potential to shake your understanding of God and salvation to its core.

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Wrestling With God?

“Counterfeit Gods” by Tim Keller, “Knowing God” by J.I. Packer, and the Gospel of Mark by…Mark, I guess. These three books were on my reading list for this month thanks to the RUF Intern Study Program. To better equip us for ministry—and deepen our faith, since these are one in the same thing—interns are assigned various

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Patrick Preaching — “The Christian Life: It’s Okay to be Not Okay”

If I’m honest with myself, I’m not okay with being not okay. Don’t get me wrong. In one sense, this is holy…But there’s another way that not being okay with being not okay is evil and wrong. Instead of hating my sin, I tend to hate myself for sinning at all. I expect myself to be perfect—sinless—right now. Whenever I feel I’ve sinned, I’m thrown into despair. That’s wrong. Here’s why.