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Doug Knighton

Doug Knighton has written 408 posts for Promises for the Battle

I Was Just Thinking … About Goodness and Holiness

In the midst of this series on goodness I thought it might be helpful to indicate the connections between God’s goodness and other qualities we associate with him. The following paragraphs, from some correspondence with a friend, provide some insights into these relationships that have been helpful to me: You asked if I would clarify the concept … Continue reading

Goodness #4—Empowered Good

In order that you be worthy of your calling, we pray that God would fill every intention to do good, indeed every work of faith, with power so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified. 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12 God is so concerned that we do good (that is, do what will create … Continue reading

Goodness #3—Conforming Good

God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom he chose, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son. Romans 8:28–29 God’s voice booms out of Heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I … Continue reading

Thanksgiving for Ministry

One of the graces God gives us is people whom we can serve in order to strengthen their confidence in and allegiance to Jesus (Romans 1:11–12). Regardless of how difficult and time-consuming this ministry can be, we can rejoice in our knowledge that the situation, the insight of what to do, and the ability to … Continue reading

Goodness #2—Good Laboring

Here is what is good and fitting: to eat, to drink and to enjoy yourself in all your labor in which you toil under the sun during the few years of your life which God has given you; for this is your portion. Ecclesiastes 5:18 Some days when frustration is at its height, when our … Continue reading

Goodness #1—Goodness in Groups

As children we learned the prayer: “God is great and God is good.”  As adults we would be wise not to forget this fundamental truth, especially in a time when goodness is difficult to perceive in the world around us. When Moses asked to see the glory of God, God promised to let all his … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About the Saints’ Great Reward

… Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth …… Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God …Matthew 5:3-12 The traditions for celebrating All Saints Day vary, depending on a congregation’s theological and liturgical background. One of the ideas that ties all of the traditions together is acknowledging that … Continue reading

Abundance #8—Praised Abundance

They shall speak of the power of your awesome acts; and tell of your greatness. They shall bubble over with the memory of your abundant goodness, singing joyfully of your righteousness. Psalm 145:7 From idol worship to Father of Many Nations, you transformed Abraham into the “Friend of God.” You guided the children of promise … Continue reading

Abundance #7—Just Abundance

To everyone who has shall more be given. So he shall have an abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he has shall be taken away. Matthew 25:29 While the weeds grow in the field among the wheat; while the wicked seem to prosper more than the righteous; while the rain … Continue reading

Abundance #6—Comforting Abundance

As the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ … This comfort, extended to you by us, is effective for the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. 2 Corinthians 1:4–6 Paul warned all his converts in advance that they would suffer rejection as … Continue reading