Author: Justin Huffman

The Greatness of God and Goodness of His Purpose

“My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose” (Isaiah 46:10). As a young professor at Oxford University in the 1930’s, C.S. Lewis was struggling to survive as an avowed and outspoken atheist. In became less and less plausible even to his own mind to continue ignoring the irrepressible reality of God. He recounted later that he could not shake “the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet.” Finally, the inward compulsion of God overcame the vestiges of his well-rehearsed objections and he, in his own words, gave in and “admitted...

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Trusting in the Lord During Seasons of Waiting

“My God will hear me” (Micah 7:7). Five small words — but they teach several crucial lessons. As Micah determines to look to the one true God as his only hope and sufficiency, waiting on his perfect timing and perfect answers, he confidently asserts: “my God will hear me.” Having learned the bitter lesson that one cannot always trust even one’s friends (Micah 7:5) and that a person’s enemies can even come from among his or her own family members (Micah 7:6), Micah nonetheless reflects an unshaken conviction in the goodness and mercy of God. We do well to...

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The Meaning and Purpose of a Godly Help Mate

“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18). After hearing the constant refrain “it was good” throughout the Creation narrative, we are jolted by this declaration. In the midst of all the “good” that God is creating, there is something not yet good enough! “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). This single passage of Scripture contains invaluable, though sadly controversial, lessons for us still today. First, marriage is God’s idea. Here we must tread carefully...

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The Dangers and Benefits of Revival

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6). We are in desperate need of revival. Our marriages, our families, our churches, our nation (no matter what nation we hail from)—in every arena of life and society and religion we need the omnipotent, renewing visitation of the Holy Spirit. Many of us as Christians do not know what “revival” even means precisely. We love the idea of hoards of unbelievers being converted, of packed church houses, of passionate worship experiences. But these things—while not bad in themselves—are the symptoms of revival rather than...

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The Image of God and the Hope of the Gospel

Not long ago I was asked to give a biblical overview of “The Oneness of Humanity” at a Christian hip-hop album release party in Cincinnati. The more I thought about this subject, the more prominently I perceived it in Scripture. This issue is touched on all over the place in the Bible, but my task was to give a bird’s eye view of this topic, flying over it to hit some major points. I hope that sharing a brief outline of my message will be like the ravens that brought Elijah food; I hope it leaves you hungering for...

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