THE BALANCE

2 Corinthians 5 As Christians we live a life that we often have to balance in the right ways. Sometimes it’s harder than others. We have responsibilities to God, but we also have responsibilities to our families, our church, and if we work, to our work. We have to obey God more than man. We … [Read more…]

IN ALL GOOD CONSCIENCE

Acts 23:1 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” In this section of the book of Acts, Paul is being questioned by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish council of 70 elder leaders. They are saying he has broken the Jewish … [Read more…]

BEHOLD! THE LAMB OF GOD

Throughout the Bible, references to lambs (and rams) appear more frequently than at the State Fair. In the Old Testament, they are most often prescribed as sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people. Abraham found a ram in the thicket when he was going to sacrifice his son Isaac. They are said to … [Read more…]

REAL AND FAKE

In today’s world, it’s hard to tell what is real. A lot of things are downright fake. Fake news is a big political idea this month. Celebrities, and even regular people, put on faces and pretend to be what they are not. Coaches lie on their resumes. Criminals lie about what they did, and fake … [Read more…]

PRAY IN THE STAGES

Shakespeare said “life is a stage,” and once you’ve lived it a while, it seems like the players, the rules, and the play itself are all always changing, mostly because they are. Sometimes in life we find ourselves waiting for something to happen, sometimes it would be nice if it slowed down a little bit … [Read more…]

RE-DIGGING WELLS

Genesis 26 18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them.  In Scripture, we learn several stories from the life of Isaac’s father Abraham, … [Read more…]

A NEW HEART

Ezekiel 36 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and … [Read more…]

Religion vs. Relationship

In the last few months, I have seen people saying “Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship” and “no rules, just relationship” and things along those lines, as if the two concepts are divorceable, or even already divorced. Christianity isn’t a religion in the sense that it is the rule-following that makes you righteous, like … [Read more…]

Grace leads to love

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Love for the Lord is the best thing we can have, because of what comes from it. It changes the way … [Read more…]

Real Freedom

Independence and Freedom – John 8 It’s about that time of the year for celebrating our nation’s Independence Day.  On July 4, we have cookouts, parades, sing the National Anthem, and have more cookouts to celebrate our nation’s independence from England, and it’s a fine thing to be appreciative of. America worked toward independence over … [Read more…]