The Throne of Grace

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without... Continue Reading →

Helper

“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” Isaiah 41:13 ESV Growing up I had the impression that guys were supposed to be strong, fearless, and self-sufficient. Even though, as a Christian, I knew that I never... Continue Reading →

How Far???

“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22, ESV) In these days of quarantine I have seen a lot of webspace devoted to one side or the other—either to rigid adherence to calls for isolation or “back to the wind”... Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Gates

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”  (Matthew 7:13-14, ESV) This is, for me, one... Continue Reading →

Hard Sayings

“When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’ But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, ‘Do you take offense at this?’”  (John 6:60-63, ESV)   Jesus was not a social media mogul. He was not a celebrity... Continue Reading →

Blood

"In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood"  (Hebrews 12:4, ESV). If there is one verse in the Bible that haunts me, one verse that can keep me awake at night, Hebrews 12:4 is that verse. Whether walking in my legalist phase, living in the “freedom of... Continue Reading →

Shaken

“This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,... Continue Reading →

Completion

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 ESV). I’ve always had the tendency to start something, get distracted by something else and not finish the first thing. It’s not that I don’t find the... Continue Reading →

Mutual Comfort, Mutual Faith

”For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine" (Romans 1:11-12 ESV). Do you long for fellowship with other believers? Do you yearn to bless and strengthen others, and to... Continue Reading →

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