Do not bring on your own death by sinful actions. God did not invent death, and when living creatures die, it gives him no pleasure. He created everything so that it might continue to exist, and everything he created is wholesome and good. There is no deadly poison in them. No, death does not rule … Continue reading Paying the Price
On the way to work this morning, I had some time to think about a period in my life when I started attending college. I had one of those times I like to refer to as “lucid moments” when I see things clearly, as they really are and not through my sinful, self-centered perception. At … Continue reading Lucid Moments.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. -Psalm 51:10-11 (ESV) If you want to know what true repentance looks like, read the 51st Psalm. There you will see David who is truly grieved by his sin and begging God … Continue reading True Repentance.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. -Revelation 3:15-16 (NIV) A morning devotional I have recently begun reading dealt with some verses from Revelation today … Continue reading Don’t get spit out.
I love you, O Lord, my strength. -Psalm 18:1 (ESV) This is not the normal word for love that refers to love as part of a covenant, but instead is a rare verb form that indicates ‘tender intimacy’ (source: John MacArthur). So often, many of us throw the word ‘love’ around with little regard for … Continue reading Intimate Love.
In Christian doctrine, what matters most and is essential to making a beginning on our faith journey? What is of eternal consequence? What must we be united with our brothers and sisters in God’s family on? The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought … Continue reading What Really Matters…
Memorial Day is fast approaching. Here in the United States it is still an important day as we remember the sacrifices of those who both recently and in days gone by have made in defense of our nation and its principles. It is a time for many to reflect on loved ones who have sacrificed … Continue reading Memorial Day.