I Know Whom I Have Believed

Isaiah 4

Because Israel thought they could keep a portion of their lives under their own control rather than submitting it all to God, he placed them under judgment. But through judgment, God washed away this notion, along with their sin. God then foretells that those who were left in

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Be a Kid Again

Matthew 18:1-4

​In the gospel of Matthew, the disciples' priorities were turned on their head when Jesus taught that they must become like children to inherit the kingdom of heaven. How are we to become like children, however. Jesus makes it clear: we are to repent and convert from a

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Loss and Gain

Isaiah 3 (ESV)

Because he is a good, loving Father, God is more committed to our Christ-likeness than to our comfort. In Isaiah 3, God foretold coming judgment  on Israel because of their idolatry. He was preparing to take away their earthly support (Vs 2-3) and supply of material comfort (Vs 18).

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The Second Advent

Rusty Milton

2 Peter 3:8 ESV

This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord

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Help! I Need Somebody

Psalm 121 ESV

Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber

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Calling All Reformers

Dear 1.5-ers,

Martin Luther, as God’s chosen instrument, changed the course of history in 1517.  Luther is credited for starting the Protestant Reformation, but many joined the cause.  Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were compelled to return the gospel of Christ to a matter of the heart and away from

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The Conversation

            The Author looked up when he heard a knock at his door.

            Smiling slightly to himself, he stood up from his seat by the warmth of the fire, walked to the door, and opened it to the blistering cold outside.

            There, stamping his feet on the Author's

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With

Dear Fellow 1.5-ers,

If God had a favorite word, a case could be made for that word being love or grace or believe.  But, there’s a word in the Bible that communicates more about the character of God and His priorities better than the three words listed above.  

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What if?

Dear Fellow 1.5-ers,

A refugee from the kingdom of Lost stealthily entered the country of Found in search of safety and life for his family.  He, his wife, and their three small children had been on the move for months dodging alloyed hail and starvation.  They had heard the country

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Redemption

Dear Fellow 1.5ers,

This is a story of redemption.  It includes some embellishments because it’s a hunting story, and like all good hunting (and fishing) stories, lying is necessary for it to be true to the genre.  

I have a city-friend who married a country-girl.  His father-in-law is a

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The Sounds of Sin and Singing

Dear Fellow 1.5-ers,

In our home, we have two adults plus three children plus one dog and that equals eternal laundry.  It never ends.  My wife works at it.  Washes it. Dries it.  Folds it.  Puts it away.  Repeat.  Often we keep an Everest-like mound of laundry on our love

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The Weed-Killer

Dear Fellow 1.5ers,

I have a retired neighbor whose full-time hobby is manicuring his yard, so, of course, his yard is immaculate.  He mows in the rain and in the drought.  He dresses up his flower beds constantly. He artistically shapes his hedge bushes.  His flowers radiate color and vitality. 

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Learning the Song

Dear Fellow 1.5-ers,

Good music crawls into your soul, strikes the tuning fork of your heart, and resonates with your whole being.  Good music just does that; it’s almost magical.  You could name those singers or bands or songs that have somehow penetrated your marrow.  It’s incredible what kind of

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"Gentle Power"

Dear 1.5ers,

There’s much in this world worth annihilating. Pistachios. Iced coffee. TV shows starring the Kardashians. Tags in underwear. Tofu. And, seasonal allergies.

Then there’s real stuff that needs to die. Cancer. Alzheimer’s. AIDS. Homelessness and poverty.

Then there are those evils that can only be snuffed out by

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“Evil Wears a Mask”

Dear 1.5-ers,

Last weekend I won. Not a game. Not a gamble. No, I won parenting. I sat my five-year-old son down, and we watched A New Hope (that’s Star Wars Episode IV originally released in 1977). Together, we hung on every word Luke spoke, and we watched as light

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“What’s in a Name?”

I’m calling this weekly blog Adam 1.5 which draws its meaning from Romans 5:12-21 and draws its explanation from Romans 7:14-25. Using these passages, I want to explain what’s “in” this blog’s name, and by doing so, I hope clearly to share the aim of this blog.

Since my name

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