Author: Justin Huffman

Act Like Men

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). The whole phrase “act like men” comes from one Greek word, basically taking the noun for “men” and turning it into a verb, i.e. “Be men,” or “Man up!” It is a peppy, catchy phrase, but what does it mean? What is Paul specifically wanting us to do, as a result of this command? What does it mean in biblical terms, to “man up”? Paul Is Not Saying Just to Be More Masculine Do monster-truck rallies, professional sports, and toolboxes immediately come to mind?...

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I Shall Again Praise Him

Discouragement is as common to the human experience as birth and death. Most of us experience a fair amount of happiness, pleasure, love, and hope; God is good to send sun and rain, food and clothing. But all of us know what it is to suffer loss, disappointment, and heartache. Some pains are temporary and relatively minor, others are lifelong and heart-stabbing. How do we, how should we handle these inevitable seasons of discouragement that come into our lives? In Psalm 42, David models for us the way to battle our way out of pits of despair: “Why are...

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God, the Gracious Host

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:5-6). Several years ago my wife and I stayed at a bed-and-breakfast style hotel in San Francisco in which the hospitality was so thoughtful, so plentiful, and so unflagging that our every need seemed to be positively anticipated and then more than met. Soft terrycloth robes enwrapped us, cushy down blankets snuggled us,...

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Let There Be Light

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Here, at the beginning, is the creation of light. Yet people sometimes stumble at this revelation. How can there be light three days before the sun is created? (Genesis 1:14-19). This, however, is at least part of the point of this passage. How striking this narrative would have been for the Israelites who read Moses’ description of the Creation in the first place! It is utterly different than the sun-worshiping pagan mentality that surrounded them. They, like we, were doubtless often tempted to think of the...

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Putting On Righteousness

“Stand therefore… having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). Christians must walk daily in the awareness that we are in a spiritual battle. And being in a battle means we need to be properly equipped. We might get the wrong lesson, for instance, from the account of David’s interaction with King Saul, in which David decided not to wear Saul’s armor in order to fight Goliath. The lesson is not that we don’t need armor or protection when we are fighting faith’s battle; rather, the lesson is that we need to wear the right kind of armor....

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