Mark Lamprecht

Because following Jesus is awesome.

Can Inclinations and Desires Be Sinful?

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pastor stands behind the pulpit, his Bible opened, about to begin the sermon. He locks eyes with an attractive woman sitting on the front pew. The pastor’s wife notices as her husband and the woman are caught in a momentary stare-down. The woman winks. The pastor replies with a huge smile as he begins his sermon.

After service, the pastor’s wife confronts him as → Keep reading

But I Have Nothing To Be Thankful For!

Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (HCSB)

 

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nother Thanksgiving Day is here and you might think, “But I have nothing to be thankful for!” Honestly, I struggle with this thought sometimes. This thinking is most prevalent when I am having a pity party. Yes, even as a Christian I→ Keep reading

Christian Nuance

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uance may be defined as “a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.” Combine that term within the Christian worldview and get Christian nuance, a position that is more than some can bear. In fact, Christian nuance may seem so heavy that some may question the faith of the Christian walking in that world.

Yet, other Christians understand, especially when dealing → Keep reading

Hell and Tears

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wonder how many Christians today would agree with the principle of D.L. Moody’s words, “I cannot preach on hell unless I preach with tears.” I wonder in light of the way some Christians today treat others, especially, on social media.

Many have got the hell part down well. They are true witnesses to Jesus’ words that what comes out of the mouth defiles a → Keep reading

For Whom Does Jesus Stand at the Door and Knock?

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ne of the three books we are reading in my hermeneutics class is Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. I am enjoying the book and even based a recent Sunday School lesson off some of its material.

The recent reading teaches not to ignore the surrounding context of a passage. Revelation 3:20 is used as an → Keep reading

Never Good Enough or Never Bad Enough

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esterday, I offered some brief thoughts on grace vs. karma. Today, I will finish those thoughts and consider two key issues to will help understand God’s grace in salvation.
  1. You can never be good enough to earn salvation since it is of God’s grace.
  2. You can never be bad enough to be ineligible for salvation since it is of God’s grace.

Never Good

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Thoughts on Grace Vs. Karma

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

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n today’s culture, much like the time when Ephesians was written, there is a fundamental misunderstanding of God’s grace towards mankind, especially, as it relates to salvation. In→ Keep reading

Authorized Writings vs. Authoritative Writings

Many years ago when I began substitute teaching Sunday School, I had an interesting discussion with the regular teacher. For about 30 years, almost as long as he taught, he believed the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible was deemed “authorized” because King James was from the line of King David. Therefore, not only was the KJV authorized but authoritative because of this Davidic

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Would Jesus Be Comfortable In Your Home?

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him,
“Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.

(Luke 19:5 ESV)

I was at a men’s Bible study recently where the question was brought about whether or not God would be comfortable visiting our homes. Our homes may be clean and tidy on the outside, → Keep reading

Why Joseph and Not His Brothers?

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good,
to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 

(Genesis 50:20 ESV)

The biblical story of Joseph and his brothers from Genesis 50 is well-known. The story is often rightly referred to for helping people get through difficult times, especially, verse 20. This verse shows → Keep reading