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 →

Unity

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV) Having been... Continue Reading →

Vinedresser

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John‬ ‭15:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I have made considerable strides in the development of self-discipline. I'm not where I... Continue Reading →

What Would You Run Toward?

“And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah”  (1 Kings 19:20, ESV)? Elijah had just put his cloak upon Elisha, and it must have taken him a moment for what had happened to sink in. When I am focused intently on my work, I get in a zone—when someone approaches me unnoticed I am likely... Continue Reading →

Dead or Alive

“For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”  (Romans 6:10-11, ESV) How should we deal with sin in our lives? Or perhaps even more to the point,... Continue Reading →

Eyes

“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.” Luke 11:34 ESV If you have read my blog for even a short while you will know that I tend to avoid entangling it... Continue Reading →

Blessed

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered….”  Rom 4:7, ESV It has not been my practice on this blog to hide my faults. Instead I have endeavored to make my spiritual growth a public matter. I do not detail everything, of course, choosing instead to include those things that I... Continue Reading →

Imprisoned!

"But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that... Continue Reading →

Get Lost!

I'm not sure if the present generation is all that much different from past generations when it comes to love of self and self-esteem. I have thought for some time that self-love, today, is probably at an all-time low. We have increased suicide rates, mass shootings, bullying, etc. And despite the fact that tolerance has become... Continue Reading →

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