Bearing the Name: City On a Hill

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14, ESV) We’ve been considering what it really means to bear the Name of God in a worthy manner—not taking it in vain. We have looked at what is, perhaps, a better translation of the commandment: “You shall... Continue Reading →

A Few Survivors

"If the Lord of hosts had not left us a few survivors, we should have been like Sodom, and become like Gomorrah" (Isaiah 1:9 ESV). Sodom and Gomorrah were wicked towns, chock-full of wicked people. It was so bad in these places that God sent down fire to consume them and everyone in them. He... Continue Reading →

Dispelling The Shadows

In every scary movie ever produced we are reminded that danger resides in the shadows. Shadows move mysteriously as the light changes, providing a powerful allure. We take comfort in the light, but still we are curiously drawn to the shadows. Shadows are grainy, indistinct, and distorted versions of reality. They provide an image, but... Continue Reading →

The Little Foxes

“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.” (Song of Solomon 2:15, ESV) We American Christians, slowly but surely, have begun to unstitch the threads that hold together our faith. Rather than taking pains to reinforce that stitching, we make little daily choices that threaten... Continue Reading →

Harmony and Grace

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” —Romans... Continue Reading →

Sin and Prayer

Have you ever felt that, despite all of your prayers, God remains silent? You desperately need answers, but the answers don’t come? Perhaps you feel as though you are locked in a vault—your prayers hit the ceiling and bounce back—nothing in and nothing out. There can be any number of reasons why we don’t always... Continue Reading →

It’s About How You Love!

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬). “I love you!” Those are words we can never hear enough. But we all know, or have known, people whose actions failed to line up with their words. We are aware of people who have... Continue Reading →

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