Author: Justin Huffman

Salvation Is Unflattering

As part of a Wednesday night summer series, our church has been studying some of the “salvation words” that are found in Scripture. As we’ve worked our way through concepts like substitution, reconciliation, and redemption a particular truth with which I have been impressed is this: salvation doesn’t make us look pretty. No matter what Scriptural terminology you use to describe what Jesus did for us on the cross, none of them put us in a flattering light. “Substitution” can be described as Jesus taking our place on the cross. Our sins were placed on Jesus when He was...

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Act Like Men

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). The whole phrase “act like men” comes from one Greek word, basically taking the noun for “men” and turning it into a verb, i.e. “Be men,” or “Man up!” It is a peppy, catchy phrase, but what does it mean? What is Paul specifically wanting us to do, as a result of this command? What does it mean in biblical terms, to “man up”? Paul Is Not Saying Just to Be More Masculine Do monster-truck rallies, professional sports, and toolboxes immediately come to mind?...

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I Shall Again Praise Him

Discouragement is as common to the human experience as birth and death. Most of us experience a fair amount of happiness, pleasure, love, and hope; God is good to send sun and rain, food and clothing. But all of us know what it is to suffer loss, disappointment, and heartache. Some pains are temporary and relatively minor, others are lifelong and heart-stabbing. How do we, how should we handle these inevitable seasons of discouragement that come into our lives? In Psalm 42, David models for us the way to battle our way out of pits of despair: “Why are...

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God, the Gracious Host

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:5-6). Several years ago my wife and I stayed at a bed-and-breakfast style hotel in San Francisco in which the hospitality was so thoughtful, so plentiful, and so unflagging that our every need seemed to be positively anticipated and then more than met. Soft terrycloth robes enwrapped us, cushy down blankets snuggled us,...

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Let There Be Light

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Here, at the beginning, is the creation of light. Yet people sometimes stumble at this revelation. How can there be light three days before the sun is created? (Genesis 1:14-19). This, however, is at least part of the point of this passage. How striking this narrative would have been for the Israelites who read Moses’ description of the Creation in the first place! It is utterly different than the sun-worshiping pagan mentality that surrounded them. They, like we, were doubtless often tempted to think of the...

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