Author Archives: Stephen Estock

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Standing for Jesus

May 26, 2014 “But [Peter] said emphatically, ‘If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.” (Mk 14:31 ESV). In the words of Peter, I see myself. I would have joined with the rest of them in making a bold commitment. In my struggle with temptation and … Continued

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Soiled Underwear

May 19, 2014 Sometimes God uses images to communicate truth that are as shocking as they are earthy. About 600 years before Christ, God’s people had fallen into self-centered worship. There was religious activity, yet evil was everywhere. The prophet Jeremiah complained, “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are … Continued

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Relational Paralysis

May 12, 2014 “... but Mary remained seated in the house.” (John 11:20 ESV) I recently heard a pastor read the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, and this statement grabbed me. It may have been the way he read the text, or more likely, because of what I had experienced in my … Continued

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Parking Space Righteousness

May 5, 2014 Recently, I have been arriving to work early in the morning. I enter a parking lot that is almost completely empty, and I have my pick of the empty spaces. Yet, the decision is difficult – what does the choice say about me? I could pick the spot closest to the door, … Continued

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Helpful Critique or Sinful Slander?

April 28, 2014 Recently, I read a review of a book critiquing the theology and methodology of a very popular pastor in the PCA. The review appeared in the magazine of a sister denomination. As I read, I wondered, “With all of the unbiblical ideas and behavior that exist in the world, why is it … Continued

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Emotional Waterfalls

April 21, 2014 Whether the root cause is busyness or faithless anxiety, sometimes the mind races with the thoughts of the day. Emotions swirl between excitement and dread, happiness and depression. There is a longing for the presence of God. The psalmist pictures such mental and emotional churning with the image of a waterfall. He … Continued

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Captured to Capture

April 14, 2014 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Philippians 3:12 ESV) For those who have been redeemed by Christ, life always has meaning. We are captured for a purpose. In his letter … Continued

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Atlas is Out of Place

April 7, 2014 A few weeks ago, I was completely out of joint. Rising from a chair was an ordeal because standing led to a shooting pain across my lower back. My walk seemed uneven, like one leg was shorter than the other. And the muscles in my neck cramped, which led to a low-level … Continued

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Bearing Fruit or Bowing to an Idol

March 31, 2014 WSC 1 – “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Jesus describes what it takes to glorify God in John 15:8 (ESV): “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” As the New Year dawned, a friend from … Continued

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Cleaning House

March 24, 2014 The end result is nice, but getting the job done can be overwhelming. People call it “spring cleaning,” when the dreary deadness of winter is cleared to make room for the newness of spring. Yet, the job can be so big; it is hard to know where to start. I have a … Continued