Consider the Voices

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Last Sunday we discussed the story of the good shepherd. In that story Jesus makes the point twice to his audience. For Jesus, this particular understanding is of paramount importance. Anyone who listens to the voice of Jesus—that is, to the one whom the…

Heed His Voice

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Last Sunday we discussed the story of the good shepherd. In that story Jesus makes the point twice to his audience. For Jesus, this particular understanding is of paramount importance. Anyone who listens to the voice of Jesus—that is, to the one whom the…

Perfect and Complete Holiness

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. It is difficult for our minds to grasp the truth that God came down and took on flesh—that he existed in a body just like you and I exist in a body. It is hard to imagine perfect and complete holiness dwelling in that which is…

Priority Check

Something you have to come to grips with early on in life is the concept of priorities. Not just that they exist, but that when placed in proper order and followed through in word and action, life simplifies. Of course – you know this is not true. Reality is that most often when we attempt…

God’s Word is Good-Always

Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. The above is a promise of God made to Israel in Isaiah 1. If you have read Isaiah before, you already know that there is a lot that is going to…

We are a Distinct People

. . . that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Immediately preceding the quote above, Peter declares that the people of God are a chosen people. We are, in his words, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” In other words, we…

To be Evangelistic is to live for Christ

Confession: I generally do not like to be around preachers. Realizing this statement may sound weird to many of you, let me explain. When preachers get together, there is almost always a set of standard questions that are asked. At the top of the question list—typically—is this question: “So, how many are y’all having now?”…

Christians and Anger

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Reading through the gospels, you may note that there are several instances where people express indignation. The other ten disciples are indignant at the request of James and John for seats of…

Wait for the Lord

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD. There is a lot of waiting in life. In a suburban area such as the one in which most of us live, there is a daily wait—it is called traffic. Heading to work or on some other necessary trip,…

The Lord Alone is God

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. The Shema—Deuteronomy 6:4-9—is a part of scripture that remains of supreme importance to the Jewish faith to this day. It is called Shema because of the first word in verse four, “Hear” (the Hebrew word is shema). Observant Jews recite it aloud…