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Do You Possess Eternal Life?

Jessalyn Hutto

Eternal life. Isn’t this something that every person longs for? Perhaps one of man’s most pressing question is, “What will happen to me when this earthly body turns to dust?” Many people spend their whole lives fearfully wondering whether they will go on living forever or simply cease to exist once they shut their eyes upon this earth for the last time. If given the opportunity to ask God one question, surely every man would find himself uttering the same words the rich young ruler put before Christ, “What must I do to have eternal life?” Surely man would do anything to live forever and never face ultimate death...

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Don't Assume the Lions will Spare You

Jessalyn Hutto

Many of us live under the false notion that we don’t truly need Jesus every day of our lives. Sure, we may not say it out loud or even dare to think it, but our daily lives profess it–our preoccupation with self and the world prove it.

Yes, we love our God and are so thankful for the salvation he has provided for us, but when it comes right down to it, we think very little of him in our daily duties and decisions. We go about our lives as though we’re strong enough to overcome sin and do good in our own strength, or worse yet, we give up the fight completely, content to live our earthly lives in a state little better than an unbeliever...

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What if I'm A Really Bad Gardener?

Jessalyn Hutto

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:7 ESV)

Our new home has many adorable, you-only-get-this-kind-of-character-with-old-houses type features. One feature I enjoy immensely is the corner sink in the kitchen, it looks out into the front yard/driveway and has two HUGE windowsills where I imagined starting a little herb garden and collecting cheerful flowers. I could just picture myself joyfully (ha!) scrubbing the dishes as my gaze ran dreamily through the vibrant homage to domestic tranquility...

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God's Omnipresence

Jessalyn Hutto

“Mommy, where is God?” It’s a simple question, the most basic of inquiries spoken with genuine curiosity from the mouth of my little one. “God is everywhere; he is here with us right now,” I reply with certainty.

But how can that be? If God is enthroned in Heaven, if we will go to be with God when we die, then how is he also here with us now? The proceeding questions unravel like a loose ball of yarn.

The nature of our God, who is equally present with me as I sit at my computer in my kitchen as he is with the resurrected saints who worship around his throne, is indeed mysterious. How incomprehensible is a God who can watch over my children in the night while he simultaneously ministers to our persecuted brothers and sisters in far off lands. He is a God who is not contained by space or time. Indeed, he is the Creator and Lord of all matter, unlimited by the rules of physics we find ourselves confined by...

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Yes, We Come Messy, But We Always Leave Clean

Jessalyn Hutto

According to Merriam-Webster, a buzzword is defined as “a word or phrase that becomes very popular for a period of time.” There are lots of buzzwords within the Christian community that fill books and blog posts: gospel-centered, grace-based, and missional are just a few.

Today, I want to draw our attention to a particular buzzword within Christian women’s circles: one that I see used over and over again, and wonder at times if it is being misused or misunderstood. The word I’m referring to? “Messy...”

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God's Eternity

Jessalyn Hutto

Of course we know that it was God himself who created time when he flung the planets into orbit around our life-sustaining star. Before he created, there was nothing–only the eternal Triune God who had always, perfectly existed. And then out of the abundance of his love, he created. And as he created, moments succeeded moments and days passed into days. Time, itself, began by the words of his mouth; he spoke it into existence!... 

 

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God's Unchangeableness

Jessalyn Hutto

“In virtue of this attribute, He is exalted above all becoming…” (Louis Berkhof)

Today, we focus on a very closely related attribute: God’s unchangeableness. While God’s independence describes his self-sufficiency, his unchangeableness (also referred to as his immutability) describes how this self-sufficient God has never, nor will ever change...

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God's Independence

Jessalyn Hutto

“The difference between God’s being and ours is more than the difference between the sun and a candle, more than the difference between the ocean and a raindrop, more than the difference between the arctic ice cap and a snowflake, more than the difference between the universe and the room we are sitting in: God’s being is qualitatively different. No limitation or imperfection in creation should be projected onto our thought of God. He is the Creator; all else is creaturely. All else can pass away in an instant; he necessarily exists forever.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology)

The first doctrine we looked at in our Bite-size Theology series was the doctrine of God’s [intlink id="13248" type="post"]simplicity[/intlink]. This is helpful because knowing that God’s character is “simple” (in other words, unified) allows us to view each of God’s attributes as connected to all the rest. Because God’s being is completely united and in no way contradictory, it is virtually impossible to discuss one of his attributes without using another to qualify, explain, or clarify it. The doctrine of God’s simplicity prepares us to to view each attribute in light of every other attribute...

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What is Theology

Jessalyn Hutto

“Since the main message of Scripture is the unfolding mystery of Christ, who reveals his Father and reconciles us to him, theology is a central concern of every believer.” (Michael Horton, The Christian Faith)

It has been on my heart for a while now to begin a longterm series of posts centered on systematic theology. My hope is that these short, sweet, and to-the-point posts focusing on key terms, concepts, and doctrines of the Christian faith will benefit your soul. I pray that they will give you a greater vision of our God and spark within you an even greater passion for his revealed Word.

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God's Simplicity

Jessalyn Hutto

“When Scripture speaks about God’s attributes it never singles out one attribute of God as more important than all the rest. There is an assumption that every attribute is completely true of God and is true of all of God’s character.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology)

As I begin this series on systematic theology I readily admit to having a keen sense of trepidation. Where do I begin? How do I condense so much information into little tiny blog posts? Will I be able to keep it going for the months–possibly years–it will take? Will women really even want to walk through these doctrines with me?

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