Paul, Boxing, and MMA

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Was the Apostle Paul a fan of boxing? We can’t say with certainty that he was. But we know he understood the sport.

So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
-1 Cor. 9:26 ESV

In this passage, Paul used two sports to describe metaphorically what the Christian faith is like: running and boxing. It seems strange to me that he would use an inherently sinful sport as a positive analogy for the Christian faith. A better explanation is that Paul apparently saw a redeeming value in sports (the training and disciplining of one’s body and competing and winning a prize, to name a few) and in his mind, combat sports1 (like boxing) were honorable endeavors. Read more

Newborn Baby Left for Dead

Newborn Baby Left for Dead

A newborn baby abandoned by her parents and left for dead was utterly hopeless. But because of the compassion and mercy of a local Mexican man on his way to work, the baby was not only rescued from certain death, the man plans on adopting her into his family as one of his own.

What a picture of the Gospel!

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…
[Eph. 2:4-5]

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace…
[Eph. 1:5-6]

Wisdom in a Foolish World

Wisdom in a Foolish World

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I would like to say what an honor it is to be guest blogging on GroovyChristianso thank you, Chris. Like many of you who may be reading this, I am a husband, a father, and a follower of Jesus Christ. One duty—my main duty—is to shepherd my family (1 Tim. 3:5). As men of God, we are called to a very profound ministry to not only our wives, but also our children: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6). They need knowledge and they need wisdom. If your children are anything like mine, they need wisdom in this foolish world. They are nonetheless a gift from God (Psalm 127:3) and need training.

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What Is the Gospel?

What Is the Gospel?

What is the gospel? Every Christian needs to be able to succinctly and sufficiently answer this question to anyone—it contains the very keys to eternal life.

Let me offer my answer:

The gospel is the good news that God saves sinners who repent and believe in Jesus.

I have this memorized. My two daughters, ages five and six right now, have this memorized. It comes out of our mouths instinctively with almost no effort. But memorizing a canned response is only the first part. You must be able to expound upon its meaning.

Pastor Emilio Ramos of Heritage Grace Community Church shares the gospel with student at the Univ. of North Texas.

Pastor Emilio Ramos of Heritage Grace Community Church shares the gospel with students at the University of North Texas.

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What Does Brittany Maynard’s Self-Murder Proclaim?

What Does Brittany Maynard’s Self-Murder Proclaim?

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A young Oregon woman stricken with a brain tumor has ended her own life this weekend with the aid of doctors. Two questions come to mind when I learned of this terrible news. First, what does the bible say about suffering? And second, what does Ms. Maynard’s suicide (self-murder) proclaim? Read more

What’s Wrong With Violence Against Women?

What’s Wrong With Violence Against Women?

Christians have to identify the inconsistency right away—making absolute moral claims without an absolute authority. Why is it wrong for men to to be violent towards women? Are we not just evolved animals? What right does one animal have to impose morality on another? Fortunately as Christians, we have an absolute moral authority to which we can appeal. It is God who has made men and women in His image. When a person violates a woman’s (or man’s) body, the person violates an image-bearer of God. It is wrong because God has declared so. A worldview without God leads to moral and intellectual absurdity.

All Should Reach Repentance

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The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV

This verse falls within the context of Peter exhorting the brethren concerning the coming of the Day of the Lord. (verses 1-13) God is not sitting idle, wasting time while his people endure hardships. Rather, God is allowing enough time to pass so that all of His elect will repent and come to faith in Jesus.

That being said, I would like to focus on the second half of this verse and show how God’s will is multi-faceted in nature. Read more

Huffington Post Article Destroyed in 12 Minutes

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Our culture is all about fake intellect, combined with fake morality, combined with fake tolerance. Thankfully, God has given us men like Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries. It took him precisely 12 minutes and 3 seconds to utterly destroy Cavan Sieczkowski’s article at the Huffington Post. Read more