Holiness to Completion

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God”‭‭ (2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬). When someone who is not usually "dressy" dons a suit & tie or a nice dress, we say that they "clean up nice." A shave... Continue Reading →

Come!

"...so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him" (Hebrews 9:28 ESV). It is true! Jesus Is coming again! Jesus came the first time to bring salvation-- the grace that delivered us... Continue Reading →

Duty

“So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty'” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬). "Before you get any dessert, you need to eat all of your dinner." "You won't get your allowance until your room is clean and you've made your... Continue Reading →

What Defiles a Person

“'There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.' And he said, 'What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft,... Continue Reading →

The Splendor of Holiness

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness" (Psalms 29:2 ESV). I am continually amazed at the beauty of creation. No two sunsets or sunrises are the same. The seasons present each with their own beauty. The stars and planets, black holes and galaxies are magnificent... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I deeply understand the power of forgiveness. But I came about this knowledge in an unconventional manner. Sure, I had some understanding... Continue Reading →

Times of Refreshing

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” ‭‭(Acts‬ ‭3:19-20‬a ESV‬‬). The hike had been arduous, up and down hills, through dense underbrush. It was unseasonably warm and I had a fair bit of gear strapped to my back.... Continue Reading →

The 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 →

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