Author: Justin Huffman

Why Does Church Matter?

It has been said, correctly I think, that “baptism is the starting gun of the Christian race.” This statement implies two things. First, we have not yet fully obeyed Christ until we have publicly professed Him in baptism and publicly claimed Him as our Lord and Savior. The New Testament knows nothing of a believer in Christ who has not been baptized at the soonest opportunity. Doubtless, the only reason that the thief on the cross was not baptized was because he was nailed to the wood, next to Jesus. Dear Christian, search through the book of Acts and...

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A Son Is Given

God’s judgment is just as terrible as his salvation is wonderful. Nowhere is this made more apparent than in the ninth chapter of Isaiah, as the Lord describes in vivid detail the impending doom that he will bring to those who have continued in rebellion against him: “The Lord raises the adversaries…against him, and stirs up his enemies…[who will] devour Israel with open mouth. For all this, his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still” (Isaiah 9:11,12). Describing here a judgment in which an entire nation is devoured, or “eaten alive” as we might...

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All This To Fulfill What the Lord Had Spoken

In the wonderfully heart-warming, spirit-lifting, worship-inducing story of the birth of Jesus, as it is related to us by Matthew, there is one crucial element of the whole event that is often overlooked. That a virgin would bring forth a son is astounding; that Jesus will certainly save His people is reassuring; that God would condescend to be with us is humbling. But there is another point that Matthew purposefully interjects into the inspired account, and it is this: “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet” (Matthew 1:22). When you think of...

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Giving Thanks In Every Season

Some commands of God are specific to certain situations. “Keep the Sabbath day”—in whatever sense it is meant to apply to us—is clearly limited to that one day in seven. Likewise, the command to forgive is of particular importance when you perceive someone to have wronged you. The instruction for husbands to love their wives only directly applies to you if you are currently married. Yet it is striking how many of God’s commands are universal in their relevance. They apply to every human being, in every situation, throughout every day. They are to be obeyed whether you are...

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Gazing At Heaven Is Practical Now

“But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). The scene into which we are breaking is this: Stephen, “full of grace and power” (Acts 6:8), has been proclaiming the gospel with great authority and performing miracles among the common people. In what has become typical modus operandi for the Jewish leaders, when they are unable to publicly resist the force of Stephen’s words they privately stage a mock trial, complete with a lineup of fake, paid-off witnesses. When Stephen is...

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