Author: Justin Huffman

How the Gospel Frees from Legalism

While I doubt the average Christian would say, “Avoiding legalism and lawlessness are among my greatest struggles,” they remain a crucial issue in every Christian walk, since the Christian life can never be set on autopilot. The Christian life requires day-by-day, moment-by-moment re-calibrating of our hearts. It also requires a willingness to continue learning and growing in our knowledge of God along with how He wants to be served. But what is the immovable standard by which everything else must be calibrated? The Gospel. The great cure for every sin is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So we avoid...

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God’s Purposeful Affliction

As Paul writes to suffering and potentially discouraged Christians in Corinth, he reminds them that God is the God of all comfort. And one way that God comforts in trials is by letting us know that every pain in our life is allowed there for a divine purpose or, more accurately, for at least three purposes! Affliction Encourages Others “Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4). There is a sad old...

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Courage And Counterfeits

The book of Joshua relates one of the most exciting, victorious, and fruitful times in the history of the nation of Israel. Under the leadership of Joshua, who himself “wholly followed the Lord” (Numbers 32:12), the people of Israel crossed over the river Jordan on dry land, miraculously overcame the great walls of Jericho, and proceeded to conquer and inhabit the entire Promised Land in a period of only about six years. Perhaps even more miraculously, and again under Joshua’s wise leadership, Israel equitably divided and settled the new land and lived there in peace for many years. What...

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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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