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
After surviving the Holocaust, Anne Frank, in The Diary of a Young Girl, wrote, “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Jeremiah is described as the weeping prophet because he, like Anne Frank, watched the destruction of his people and their homeland. Jeremiah and Anne Frank surely questioned … Continue reading I Will Rejoice
As it seems we are beginning to go back to normal life a bit with school opening, we are troubled with worries but filled with hope. Hope does not put to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we are … Continue reading Hope
It’s back to school time! What does that mean for us now? We don’t know but it probably involves a lot of hand sanitizer, social distancing, and anxiety. All we can do is prepare as best we can for whatever might happen. Are you prepared? Prepare for the future by trusting the One who holds … Continue reading Ready to Go Back to School??
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Christians, we need to pray. We pray for everyone. We pray for those who persecute us (Matt. 5:4; Lk. 6:28). We pray for people to be restored (2 Cor. 13:9). We pray for Christians in general (Col. 1:3, 9). We pray that Christians will grow (2 Thess. 1:11). We … Continue reading Pray for Your Leaders
via Please Don’t Go: Thoughts on Galatians 1:6ff
“Please don’t go. Don’t go away.” As long as we are in this world, we will struggle with temptations to leave God. “When, then, the flesh resists, the soul must be intent upon God, and if results do not follow, let not faith fail. And if the enticements of the flesh come upon us, … Continue reading Please Don’t Go: Thoughts on Galatians 1:6ff
The world is filled with sin. There is absolutely no denying sin’s presence on every channel and in every selfie. We know sin is here, but where did sin begin? This is a difficult question. “Man proceeded spotless from God’s hand; therefore, he may not shift the blame for his sins to the Creator" … Continue reading Origin of Sin
“Man proceeded spotless from God’s hand; therefore, he may not shift the blame for his sins to the Creator.” The world is filled with sin. There is absolutely no denying sin’s presence on every channel and in every selfie. We know sin is here, but where did sin begin? This is a difficult question. SUPERNATURAL … Continue reading Origin of Sin
Fake Good News? We hear a lot of news every day, but we always have to ask “is this fake news?” Can we rely on the news media? Can we even rely on ourselves? How can we know what is going on if we can’t see for ourselves? We would find a lot more … Continue reading FAKE NEWS OR GOOD NEWS
Is the church the same thing as the kingdom? Is the church Christ's kingly realm? One of the interesting points of interest in George Eldon Ladd’s work is his distinction between the Kingdom and the church. Ladd acknowledged his position was different than Augustine (New Testament Theology, 103), Augustin (104), and Vos (110). Ladd argued … Continue reading Is the Church Christ’s Kingdom?