You’ve Got Rights!

“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 (ESV) When this pandemic started to dominate the news, I was quick to jump to conclusions regarding the seriousness of the virus. I expressed... Continue Reading →

Defer to the Second Half

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3, ESV Football games all start the same way. There is a coin-toss to determine who gets the first possession of the game. The visiting team calls “heads” or “tails”. If they guess correctly, they decide; if they... Continue Reading →

Love Earnestly

“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I've written before about our responsibility as... Continue Reading →

What Are You Hiding?

"For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light" (Luke 8:17 ESV). Perhaps you can remember when, as a child, you were amazed that your parents always seemed to know when you had done something wrong despite your best attempts at... Continue Reading →

No Regrets?

“As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10, ESV) I’ll be turning... Continue Reading →

Showing Kindness

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil” (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭35, ESV). I’m sure that none of us look back on our lives before Christ and... Continue Reading →

Healthy…or Holy?

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” (Psalms 51:1-2, ESV) Have you ever had your pastor say something and you didn’t know whether to say, “Amen!” or “Ouch!”? Today’s post... Continue Reading →

Repentance

“From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬). The text for today followed immediately after Jesus’ baptism and the subsequent time in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. His ministry began with the message of repentance. The fact that He chose the... Continue Reading →

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