A Walk in the Weeds

“He put another parable before them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared... Continue Reading →

Draw Near

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8 ESV). It doesn’t really take much of an imagination to envision a fiery preacher pointing his finger at you, shaking his Bible, and uttering the words of James 4:8. Even the... Continue Reading →

New Wine in Old Wineskins

"Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom... Continue Reading →

A Jealous God

“Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another” (Isaiah‬ ‭48:10-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬). Isaiah 48:10 speaks of a purification, God using... Continue Reading →

All My Purpose!

**“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and... Continue Reading →

No Condemnation!

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 ESV). I have struggled throughout my Christian life with my value as a Christian, and even as a human being. A large part of that is predicated upon my “self-talk.” I tend to rehash my failures in life and faith.... Continue Reading →

Reasonable

“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. ‘Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as... Continue Reading →

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