Author: Justin Huffman

Husbands, Love

Do you remember the first time you met the woman that is now your wife? Remember that first date? When you realized that you were in love with her and she was in love with you? Can you still feel that nervous, belly-flopping ecstasy of saying something you desperately hoped would be witty, or funny, or (at the very least) not stupid and then seeing her eyes sparkle with amusement (hopefully at what you just said and not at you) and a smile spring to her lips? (Not that you were staring at her lips, of course). While every...

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How the Church Works

As you head off to a new location to attend school, or as you settle into a rigorous schedule of classes in your hometown, it is helpful to remember the importance of the local church. All the Bible classes in the world cannot take the place of what the Church is meant to be and do. You still need the church, and the church still needs you. The church of Jesus Christ is described in the Bible with many vivid and touching word pictures. To name just a few, she is compared to a body, a house, a family,...

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When This Flesh and Heart Shall Fail

John Newton’s song Amazing Grace has resonated deeply with millions of Christians through the centuries since he wrote it. Doubtless, this is because every believer identifies with the experience of being “found” when we were “lost,” and of being brought through “many dangers, toils, and snares” by the amazing grace of God. Also, every Christian knows what it is also to wrestle with the certain approach of death and to find confidence and joy in the expectation of eternity. This is how Newton concludes his empathetic hymn: with the reminder that, although this life is short, eternity is long....

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Perfuming Jesus With Your Praise

“Behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment…” (Luke 7:37). A Nameless Woman Luke begins this little story with the striking phrase, “Behold, a woman…” There is a call to “Behold! Take notice of this!” followed by a remarkably vague description of, “a woman.” I’m not even going to tell you her name. I, Luke—the careful, technical historian who details geographic locations or political titles just to remind you how real all this history is—will not mention this...

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There Must Be Factions Among You

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is an epistle filled with rebuke and correction. And in chapter 11, Paul is in the middle of some scathing denunciations of some horrific abuses of the Lord’s Supper. Then, in verse 19, he takes a wholly unexpected turn and says, “There must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.” How strange, we might think, for Paul to go from telling the Corinthians how wrong this situation is to telling them that such occasions are absolutely necessary! The fact that Paul describes false teaching...

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