“I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.” -Psalm 77.12 Often, the busyness and endless distractions of the day take precedence over quiet reflection on the things of God. We may even be engaged in “spiritual” activity such as reading scripture, listening to a sermon on podcast, or singing worship songs while we drive … Continue reading Reflect
“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” -2 Thessalonians 3.5 When we are faced with difficulty – unfair treatment from others, temptations that are constantly present, relationships that are strained and broken, or any other situation that seems impossible to overcome – we tend to easily focus on … Continue reading Focus
“As it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.’” -Romans 3.10-12 The theological concept of human depravity essentially means that nobody ever does anything that is truly good in the eyes of God. It is not … Continue reading What is Human Depravity?
In my last post I highlighted the importance of community displayed in: God’s creation of the first man and woman with his command for them to “be fruitful and multiply”, his choice of the nation of Israel as his people, and the new community – called, the church – joined together not by racial distinctions … Continue reading 3 Aspects of Real Community
“Then Yahweh God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” -Genesis 2.18 “And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…’” -Genesis 1.28a From the beginning, human was not intended to be a solitary creature. The scriptures give … Continue reading Designed for Community
“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” – Romans 2.4 The essence of grace is that it is a gift freely given with no “deservedness” attached. It is the opposite of a reward or wage – that which is given … Continue reading Grace Abused
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” -Matthew 6.10 We live in a time of overlap. A time which theologians call “the now and not yet”. Jesus of Nazareth has been raised from the dead as proof that He is both Lord and Messiah and as an example of what … Continue reading The Overlap
It is amazing how quickly the routine activities and responsibilities of life can keep us from investing ourselves into that which we love. For many people, their significant relationships, favorite hobbies, or lifelong dreams too often take the backseat to the “tyranny of the urgent”. What if we made it our routine to stop and evaluate … Continue reading New Beginnings