John 3:17 – From Florida With Love

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For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. ( John 3:17 ESV)

From Ryan:

Often times, the first question asked me when I am talking to people is, “How did you end up in North Dakota as a Floridian?” I am not ashamed to inform them that I came to ND to help plant and eventually pastor a church. But at the same time, there is a hesitancy that still wells up in me.

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Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 – In The End

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The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 ESV)

The pursuit of our desire will not always bring about our fulfillment. We may burn with a desire for something, yet when had, that thing may never bring our great fulfillment, but rather hasten our demise. We humans are possessed of a self-destructive bent. An orientation with such an inward focus that it can blind us of all foresight. Remember the young man, whom Solomon told

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2 Timothy 2:7 – Think Deeply and Clearly by Pastor John Piper

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Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 2 Timothy 2:7 ESV

Timothy: Wait a minute, Paul. You tell me to think, but isn’t the organ of our thinking fallen and unreliable?

Paul: Yes, your mind is fallen and fallible. Yes, it is prone to self-justifying errors. But Christ is in the business of “renewing the mind” (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23). Do you think there is some unfallen part of you that you could substitute for your mind? We are fallen and depraved in every part. You can’t retreat from thinking into some other safe, untainted faculty of knowing. Take note, Timothy: even in raising the objection against thinking you are thinking! You can’t escape the necessity of thinking. God’s call is to do it well.

Timothy: But, Paul, I don’t want to become a cold, impersonal intellectual.

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