Author: Justin Huffman

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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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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