Author: Justin Huffman

God’s Law is Good

On one hand, the Apostle Paul teaches us that we, as believers in Jesus Christ, “have died to the law through the body of Christ” (Romans 7:4) and on the other hand that “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good” (12). Which is it? Paul hints at a balanced answer to this question when he writes to Timothy that “we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully” (1 Timothy 1:8). It is helpful then for us to consider, or reconsider, the goodness of God in all that he does—including...

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Saved by Grace

Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, I remember when Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, died in February of 1991. Local and national cartoonists paid tribute to him in the next day’s newspapers, many of them showing him entering heaven “at the front of the line” and one even depicting him on a slip-and-slide going through the pearly gates. The clear implication was that any man who had done this much good for this many people must be on heaven’s fast-track to eternal happiness. Paul here in Ephesians 2:8-10 in accordance with all of Scripture teaches that...

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The Authority of God in the Public Arena

Never mistake your rights as a citizen for your rights as a Christian. As an American citizen, for instance, it is legal for you to deride your President and other officials or to gripe about your wages or working conditions. But never mistake your rights as a citizen for your rights as a Christian. The Bible is explicit in its commands for us to honor every authority that God has providentially placed in our lives. In the public arena, this means citizens are not only to submit to their local and national governments, but they are to speak respectfully...

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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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