Alan's Musings

New Wine and the Heart

It's impossible to be clothed with "layers of new" when we are still clothed with the clunky, obsolete, and awkward layers of the old.

New wine will always burst when clothed in the layers of old.

Why? The old lacks…

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The Servant and The Son

This might seem minor. But it’s actually major.

What’s the difference in the roles of a servant and a son? Well. Think of it in context of a massive mansion or estate.

The servant, in honor, serves and cares for…

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Destroying The Body, The Temple

Like it or not, the devil is a legalist or an accuser. He uses the written word against us to bring demonic charges.

Here is an example.

“Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit…

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That’s Not Fair

Ever discipline a child for their betterment and hear, “that’s not fair!”

Much the same, as The Lord grows us towards maturity, often our response is, “that’s not fair!”

I’m sorry. But fairness isn’t a biblical construct.



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God is GOOD

I’ve spent the last few days praying and reflecting on the nearly dying and choking thing. I’m incredibly grateful, and as a teacher, I believe God has given me a powerful message from it.

First, there is no way I…

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Put Him in Remembrance

For the easily offended, this post isn't for you :) 

Yes, sin has been put away (Hebrews 9:26-28). Yes, sin was dealt with at the cross. Yes, sin has been cast as far as the east is from the west…

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God is Good (Covenant)

So, I‘m still processing and praying through this, but I almost died yesterday afternoon. For real. 

I was all alone eating sticky, chewy salted caramel fudge/toffee stuff. I ate way too much too fast, I didn’t chew it well enough,…

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All In

I didn’t say it. Jesus did. 

Another of the 👉 disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” Matthew…

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Olive Oil

Paul says in Romans 11 that the believing Gentiles have been grafted into ... an OLIVE tree. These are slow, steady growing fruit bearing trees that are deeply representative of the land of Israel.

* The roots/tree trunk are Jesus.…

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Not So Fast

When God has you in a season of deep maturation and growth, there is nothing you can do to get out of it.

You can:
Relocate your home 
Get a different job
Create new routines 
Attend a new church 

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The More

Ok, I was going to keep my mouth shut - but that’s apparently not my strong point.

I’ve seen multiple comments about Asbury College mocking hunger for more of God. Comments such as “we have all that we are going…

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The Heart Thinks

Yes, the heart thinks – this is an area I believe grace teaching sadly misses - and I’d like to describe what this looks like biblically.

First and foremost, according to Hebrews 4:12-13, the word or message of God itself…

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True Repentance

In terms of the Asbury College revival, and repentance - I want to clarify what true repentance is, for this is what The Lord is after. True repentance isn’t great sobbing, deep emoting, and offering up to God a laundry…

Asbury Revival

What’s happening at Asbury College is amazing, and yet it’s been happening across the country for a few years now. Asbury, gets more news and social media attention because it’s a college and not a church or a specific denomination. …

False Teachers

I know you know where babies 👶 come from. But do you know where false teachers and those with “anti christ” spirits come from?

They come out from within groups of BELIEVERS. Yes, they are worshipping and praising God among…

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The Mustard Seed

I love how The Holy Spirit randomly shows us stuff. I’ve seen this verse many times, but I noticed something different and powerful. The Mustard Seed 31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like…

Outrage at the Grammys

In terms of the demonic display at the Grammys, I can understand righteous anger … 

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” Ephesians…

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Repent and Believe

These are the very first words of the ministry of Jesus, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; REPENT and BELIEVE in the GOSPEL.” Mark 1:15 

The Western church has done well to…

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Nobody likes delay, especially when it comes to the promises of God. Waiting and waiting and waiting can be both exhausting and painful to our own soul. Our soul cries out, “God, where are You? God, why don’t You show…

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Facebook Theology

I’m sorry, but I’m at a point where I can no longer tolerate most grace based Facebook theology, which includes content such as: 

  • No hell (Sheol) 
  • No demons  
  • No devil  
  • No judgment  
  • No obedience  
  • No surrender  
  • No power of…
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Gospel of the Kingdom

Before my week away from Facebook, one of the things I kept seeing over and over that made me nuts - is the concept that Jesus taught under the law. Or, that Jesus taught Jewish people under the old covenant.  

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Don't Shrink Back

Sometimes we think the grass is greener on the other side, especially in times of trial and difficulty. 

The first century Jewish believers in Jerusalem knew this too well. Persecuted and martyred by the religious elite, many of…

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2 Sides of the Coin

There are 2 sides to every coin. If we focus on one side of the coin, we miss the value the other side of the coin holds. 

In Romans 11:22, Paul tells us God is KIND and God is…

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To be a cessationist is easy. Yet. To believe as a son takes effort, focus, practice, risk, faith, and trust.  


It's impossible for God to lie (Numbers 23:19).  

It's impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews…

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