An Aversion to the Blood

African-American drummer

A few years ago on a Wednesday night, our gospel choir was practicing for Sunday. The song was all about the blood of Jesus. Suddenly in the middle of practice, out of nowhere, the thought came: He’s gonna try to stop it. I felt in my heart that the enemy would try to stop us from singing this song on…

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Incarnation—One Time Only

child's drawing of the nativity

Christmas celebrates the whole idea of the incarnation, when “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). God the Son was incarnated as (became flesh as) Jesus of Nazareth. The incarnation is a one-time-only event in history. I was surprised to read a writer giving this play on that verse from John: “The Word must continue…

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Kids Know How to Pray

child's folded hands

At the International Conference on Missions each year, I host the Say Yes To Japan exhibit to promote our Japan missionaries. Many exhibits give out candy or pens. I got into the pattern of giving out little souvenirs from the Japanese 100-yen store. I bag each item with a card that shows my website. People love the selection and being…

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ABCs of False Teaching

On my “More from Lynn” page, I offer free handouts for your own research or to use as the basis for study with a Sunday school class/small group. As teachings and practices from Eastern religions, New Age, and the occult sneak into the church, the goal for these downloads (as well as my related blog posts and links) is to…

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A Major Sacrifice

smouldering fire

“This devotional for teens . . . provides a strong visual demonstration of what it means to offer their lives as a burnt offering to God.” [We know what that is supposed to mean, but it would be better not to read so much like human sacrifice.] “It is Jesus who gives his life for the sheep on the cross.”…

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