Author: Justin Huffman

Enoch Walked With God. Are You?

“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). The frequent refrain throughout the genealogy of Genesis 5 is that the story of each person mentioned concludes with these inevitable words “…and he died.” When we come to the life of Enoch, we are met amazingly and unexpectedly with these words instead: “and he was not, for God took him.” How does one overcome sin and death? By a close, ongoing walk with God! Not Merely External Religion Enoch’s story is striking not only for its contrast to the ubiquitous phrase “and he died,”...

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Benefits of Reading Through the Bible

I recently finished reading through the Bible for the sixteenth time. While this is a personal milestone I’m thankful for, I certainly am not boasting about it. In fact, when I consider that George Mueller, who was converted at the age of 20 and died at the age of 92, read the Bible through 100 times while simultaneously caring for over 10,000 orphans—I am a bit embarrassed and reminded I have a long way to go! As I pause and reflect on how regular Bible intake has truly been a blessing to me, there are a few thoughts I’d...

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The Beautiful Body of Christ

“The body does not consist of one member but of many” (1 Corinthians 12:14). As Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, it seems that some of their members, far from consciously affirming the diversity in their midst, were working against it. One group in the church was suggesting everyone should be just like them—have the same ministry, the same social status, the same convictions about idol-food, the same favorite preacher. Others, who felt inferior, were allowing themselves to drift into inactivity by embracing the lie that they were not useful to the church. Into this unhealthy atmosphere, Paul...

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Grow. (The Command to Ever Expanding Joy)

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.” – 2 Peter 3:18 Grow In Grace Grow. Here is a command, from the apostle Peter himself, to grow spiritually. A command to grow? Does that seem strange? Unfair even? Isn’t growth something that is entirely outside of our control or ability to influence? After all, Jesus himself said, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?”[1] I would not try to tell my son how tall he...

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It’s Better to Die Than Hinder the Gospel

“I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting” (1 Corinthians 9:15). What is the ground for Paul’s boasting? It is the “gospel of Christ” (verse 12). The gospel of Christ is centered on Jesus Himself—His perfect humanity, His full deity, the salvation that He perfectly fashioned on the cross. When Paul glories in the gospel, he is glorying in the good news of Jesus Christ, not just of “salvation” as though separate from Christ. Glorying in the gospel is glorying in Jesus; sharing the gospel is sharing the good news that is centered...

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