Heart to Heart

Introduction to Jonah

These sermons were originally preached in 2015. We could assign many titles to a study through the book of Jonah. The Reluctant Prophet would be fitting since Jonah was just that. Perhaps The Compassion of God would be more suited, considering the fact that the great love of God is on full display throughout the …

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Reflecting on 500 Blog Posts

Writers write. Tim Challies wrote that article in 2017, and being, at that point, two years into blogging, it was just the kind of bluntness that I needed. The standard for being a writer is writing, not being read. How revolutionary! This realization shifted the emphasis away from things that I cannot control onto things …

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Him Who Sits on the Throne

The Omniscience of God

https://youtu.be/6HbBvYsnu9g for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20 ESV It was spring, which meant it was time for kings to meet one another in battle. David, however, stayed home. Having finally become king and received rest from the LORD, the appeal of taking …

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A Country Not Yet Visited

A ship that sails awayFrom sullen harbor gray,Through fluid crystal, swaysFor shores beyond malaise.  The unkempt grass that humsA hymn composed by wind,A tune of praise that drums For opened eyes, once blind.  The sun, which warms and burns All vanity below,Calls, too, beyond shadow Above the earth’s slight churns.

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Grow Up in Every Way | Ephesians 4:15-16

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up …

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Community | 1 Peter 4:7-11

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards …

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God’s Battle Plan for the Mind | Book Review

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160178371X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bcnewton-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=160178371X&linkId=f029758145080b0a7613153cd02d97d5 As the subtitle suggests, Saxton is drawing from a deep well of Puritan thoughts upon this subject. While Eastern forms of meditation are becoming ever more pervasive today, few associate meditation with Christianity; the Puritans, however, "regularly wrote, taught, and exhorted God's people to a life of meditation" (2). They are, therefore, a rich …

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Him Who Sits on the Throne

The Omnipresence & Immanence of God

https://youtu.be/YZjGM6PpyYg Where shall I go from your Spirit?Or where shall I flee from your presence?If I ascend to heaven, you are there!If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! Psalm 139:7-8 ESV Along Paul’s second missionary journey, he came to Athens, the great city of philosophy and art. As he was preaching in …

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They Know Me Not | Jeremiah 4:22

For my people are foolish;they know me not;they are stupid children;they have no understanding.They are ‘wise’—in doing evil!But how to do good they know not. Jeremiah 4:22 ESV Foolish. Stupid. No Understanding. Knowing not. So does the LORD describe His people. But why are they foolish, stupid, and without understanding? They know me not. “The …

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Building Up the Body | Ephesians 4:7-14

https://youtu.be/6ipkydrdEwE But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,and he gave gifts to men.” (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the …

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