Freedom is an Eternal Gift

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. There are things in life about which I am absolutely certain. I know that God loves me, and that his Son paid for my sins. I know that I am forgiven, even though I am far…

Form Over Function

Form over function. Style over substance. These are phrases commonly used to frame what may fairly be described as a failure of priorities. I believe that it is human nature for us to default to formality or ritual when we feel ourselves facing anxiety. When we find that the things we are accustomed to or…

God is Good

For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Rome will be Paul’s final destination, several years after having written the Letter to the Romans. Already by the time of this writing, Paul had suffered a great deal of hardship and…

Make a Commitment

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good,to build him up. It is generally a simple thing for us to look after ourselves. That is not to say that we do not occasionally (at least) make poor choices regarding self-care, but rather to say that we have little problem thinking about ourselves. “Look…

Draw Near to God

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth . . . It is unbelievable that we have so quickly reached this time of year again. It seems as if we have blinked just a few times since we last celebrated with our graduates and their families.  Yet here we are. This is one…

In Christ We Are Truly Free

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Freedom is something that we cherish. As citizens of this country, freedom is very much at the heart of who…

He Hears Us

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. When things are awry in life—whether we are…

We are many

So we, though many, are one body Christ, and individually members one of another. We are many, which implies a few things. First of all, it means that as the body of Christ, we are comprised of a whole lot of folks. In other words, it is not just you and it is not just…

God has set us free

So also in Christ shall all be made alive. Life is certainly a precious gift. It is precious because we only get one chance at it. It is a gift because it is something that God has graciously and mercifully granted to us. As a result, it is nothing short of miraculous. God has intentionally…

He had no form or majesty

He had no form or majesty that we should look at him. The more I read it, the more I am fascinated with the story of David’s call in 1 Samuel 16. The story is rich in many ways, not the least of which is because it gives us a clear look at the mind…