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Team #7—Able to Admonish

I myself have become persuaded about you, my brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness, in that you have been filled with all knowledge so you are able to admonish one another. Romans 15:14 Imagine that! We who follow Jesus in the obedience of faith are full of goodness. Not just any goodness, … Continue reading

Team #1— “E Pluribus Unum”

Jesus’ command to “love your enemies” reflects his understanding that the command to “love your neighbor” occurred as the positive contrast to the commands not to bear a grudge or take vengeance against those in our community who were seriously annoying, those close to us who were opposing or undermining our efforts to contribute to … Continue reading

Transformation #4—Holy Transformation

Fix your hopes totally on the grace which will be yours when Jesus Christ reappears. As obedient children, do not conform yourselves to what you desired when you were ignorant, but, like the Holy One who called you, you be holy in all your behavior. 1 Peter 1:14–15 Almighty God, who was revealed through the … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes #5—Good Days

Consider the activity of God: For who can straighten what he has bent? In good times be good, but in bad times consider this: God has made one as well as the other, so that no one can discover what the future holds. Ecclesiastes 7:13–14 We know a ‘good’ pen when we write with one. … Continue reading

Goodness #8 — Praising Goodness

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wonderful works, I will meditate. And all shall speak of the power of your awesome acts; and I will tell of your greatness. I shall bubble over with the memory of your abundant goodness, and shall sing joyfully of your righteousness. Psalm 145:5-7 Eternal Father, … Continue reading

Goodness #7 — Long Lasting Good

The Eternal is good. His extravagant kindness is everlasting, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 Our patience runs out. Our loyalty decays. Our generosity withers. Our mercy delays. Our devotion dies down. Our compassion goes flat. Our graciousness dwindles. Our lives are like that. God’s is not! From eternity to eternity, God is … Continue reading

Goodness #6 — Good Discipline

It is for discipline that we endure; God deals with us as with children; what child is there whom a father does not discipline? … They disciplined us for the day, as seemed best to them, but God does so for our good, that we may receive a share of his holiness. Hebrews 12:7-10 Surgical … Continue reading

Goodness #5 — Giver of Good

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? Luke 11:13 We give good gifts in spite of the evil in us; God gives good gifts because of the goodness in him. We have … Continue reading

Goodness #4b — Good Connections

In the midst of this series on goodness I thought it might be helpful to show the connections between God’s goodness and other qualities we associate with him. The following two paragraphs, from some correspondence with a friend, provide a look at the way I construe these relationships: You asked if “explaining God’s holiness as his burning … Continue reading

Goodness #4 — Empowered Good

In order that you be worthy of your calling, we pray for you, that God would fill every good intention of goodness, and the work of faith, with power; so the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 God is so concerned with our doing good (acting most appropriately in any situation), … Continue reading