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The Hopeful Man is Joyful

joy is more than it seems Sacred Scripture and the lives and writings of the Saints agree: as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, joy should not be an occasional state of being. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice”, St. Paul writes to the Philippians (Phil

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The Hopeful Man Trusts in God’s Mercy

mercy toward your family At Ranch, this past summer a fellow captain from New York said to me something he had heard, “home is where you go when you are tired of being nice to people.” I shared this with my Exodus 90 group this past weekend and it got

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The Hopeful Man Trusts God When He Suffers

jesus defeated death, he didn’t remove suffering One of the cruelest banalities of soft (and false) Christianity is the idea that God alleviates the suffering of the righteous.  In America especially there’s a sense that the lessening of suffering is a sign of your election, of God’s love for you

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The Temperate Man Dies to Self that He May Live

the hard paradox of the gospel The gospel is full of paradoxes but the one that seems most difficult to swallow is that we have to die in order to have life. We see this in John 12:24 when Christ talks about the grain of wheat that has to fall

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The Temperate Man Gives Alms

the 10th commandment: vague placeholder or key to happiness? Have you ever thought that the ten commandments kind of start strong and peter out?  It’s like listening to a sermon that starts strong (“You shall have no gods before Me!”), gets appropriately practical (“Honor your parents”), but then gets so

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The Temperate Man is Not Lustful

the other extreme of lust (This squad time commentary may have to be adjusted for younger grades, but this message is still extremely important to convey) Lust is something that all men struggle with to one degree or another. With the advent of the internet this has become a sin

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The Hopeful Man is Joyful

joy is more than it seems Sacred Scripture and the lives and writings of the Saints agree: as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, joy should not be an occasional state of being. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice”, St. Paul writes to the Philippians (Phil

Read More...

The Hopeful Man Trusts in God’s Mercy

mercy toward your family At Ranch, this past summer a fellow captain from New York said to me something he had heard, “home is where you go when you are tired of being nice to people.” I shared this with my Exodus 90 group this past weekend and it got

Read More...

The Hopeful Man Trusts God When He Suffers

jesus defeated death, he didn’t remove suffering One of the cruelest banalities of soft (and false) Christianity is the idea that God alleviates the suffering of the righteous.  In America especially there’s a sense that the lessening of suffering is a sign of your election, of God’s love for you

Read More...

The Temperate Man Dies to Self that He May Live

the hard paradox of the gospel The gospel is full of paradoxes but the one that seems most difficult to swallow is that we have to die in order to have life. We see this in John 12:24 when Christ talks about the grain of wheat that has to fall

Read More...

The Temperate Man Gives Alms

the 10th commandment: vague placeholder or key to happiness? Have you ever thought that the ten commandments kind of start strong and peter out?  It’s like listening to a sermon that starts strong (“You shall have no gods before Me!”), gets appropriately practical (“Honor your parents”), but then gets so

Read More...

The Temperate Man is Not Lustful

the other extreme of lust (This squad time commentary may have to be adjusted for younger grades, but this message is still extremely important to convey) Lust is something that all men struggle with to one degree or another. With the advent of the internet this has become a sin

Read More...
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