Why do we need to be justified by faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8)? “It is as though God had committed to our trust a perfect crystal vase, and had said, ‘if you keep that whole, and present it to me, you shall have a reward.’ But we have cracked it, chipped it; ah! … Continue reading Our Need to Be Justified
What is God like? The best way for us to know what God is like is to look at the Son. Jesus said, “If you have known me, you have known the Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (Jn. 14:7). Jesus said in Matthew 11:27, “All things are delivered … Continue reading KNOWING THE FATHER THROUGH THE SON
Brothers and sisters, we are at war. The enemy did not need to creep into our midst; he announces himself in our presence every day. We see his acts of terrorism every day in death, evil, pain, tears, jealousy, division, slander, divorce, and the lack of loving allegiance to God our true King. For too … Continue reading ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS
The Bible often describes itself as acting. How is that possible? The Bible, if it is like any other book, is an inanimate object. The Bible can't "foresee" or "speak." But the Bible does say that Scripture does those things. Galatians 3:8 says, “The Scripture, forseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached … Continue reading Does Your Bible Talk?
There is still time to make your resolutions, time to give up, and time to start again. What would you like to do? I have a few personal and professional goals. As I am sure you do as well. As we begin to think about what we want to accomplish and how we want to … Continue reading RESOLUTIONS FOR 2020: IF THE LORD WILLS
What is one? What is one worth? Who is your one? The Father sent his Son because he loved the entire world (Jn. 3:16), but none of us are lost in the crowd. God loves each one. Jesus said “whoever receives one such child in my name receives me” (Matt. 18:5). In one of our … Continue reading Zero to One
Everyone has a "sense of the Divine" (sensus divinatis)--we all have a natural inclination that God (or at least something beyond us) exists. Our daily Bible reading is a search for that God and a deeper relationship with him. As we enter that search, we find that we have these inclinations about God and God's … Continue reading GETTING READY TO DO YOUR DAILY BIBLE READING THIS YEAR
Boaz went up to the gate and sat down looking for the redeemer. The kinsman-redeemer was responsible for taking care of everyone and everything that his relatives had left behind after he died. If he was unable to fulfill his duty through death or poverty, he could allow someone else to become that kinsman-redeemer. … Continue reading Galatians 3:7-14: GOD’S BLESSINGS THROUGH HIS FAMILY OF FAITH
The Bible tells us that humans are “just a little lower than the angels” (Ps. 8:5). Angels are beings without a physical body. They do not go through an “incarnation” like Christ in order to operate on earth. Angels are created beings. They do not eternally exist by virtue of their own power like the … Continue reading ANGELS
Like a driver overcorrecting in the snow, we often skip over truth while veering into extremes. Sometimes, dedication to the exegesis of an individual passage or the overarching narrative of Scripture can cause even the best of scholars to ignore the great doctrines interwoven in and presented in Scripture. At times, there have been those … Continue reading Competition or Teamwork: Can Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Historical Theology Work Together?
Winston Churchill once said, “History shall speak well of me for I intend to write it.” In order for that to happen, Churchill had to help win the war against the evil Nazi empire. When we think of history, we should think of these great events, but there is something greater which should demand … Continue reading Writing History