As of late within the church, there are some things that have been grabbing my attention, which I will speak on here today. Before I get into those things, however, I want to start by expounding on a passage, with similarity to today’s topic, in Malachi chapter 1. (Note: reading verses 6-14 before beginning may be helpful). There, God brings correction to Israel about their polluted offerings. Continue reading
On last Sunday, a day before my surgery on Monday, June 18th, I found myself studying the words of Psalm 91 (a favorite of mine). During that study time, the words of verses 14-16 jumped out at me (I’ve always loved them), and I stayed there. The next morning, before heading out for the surgery, I set my sights there again, as I readied myself for the road ahead of me. Continue reading
As I sat on my bed one day, a couple of weeks ago, pondering some things, a passage of Scripture—that blew my mind upon my initial reading of it some years ago—came to mind (as it does sometimes). In that passage, a man of God’s longing for something outside of the will of God for his life is revealed, and we also find God’s response to it there. Who is the man in question? His name is Baruch (buh-rook), and he’s a scribe to Jeremiah, the prophet. Follow me to Jeremiah chapter 45, to hear Baruch’s complaint and God’s response. Continue reading
For many who identify with Christianity, or as Christian, the thought that being raised in the church is enough is their basis for doing so. To them, that is all it takes to be declared heaven bound, a child of God, and safe from the wrath of God. But, is that so?
I, once (naively) of the “Christians” who shared this belief, would come to learn that the answer to that question is a resounding, No. And today, we’ll talk about why. Continue reading
While reading through a recent devotional, I was struck by the author’s take on the life of the Samaritan woman, a passage I’ve read several times during this journey, and it brought some truths from my own life to mind. If you don’t know who the Samaritan woman is, we meet her (and it’s the only time we’ll see her) in the book of John, chapter 4. It’s there that Jesus brings to light the truth of the woman’s life. Continue reading
While finishing up Romans 16 last month, I was struck by Paul’s ending. The next day, when I went to Jude, I was awestruck even more at how the two chapters correlated (specifically the ending of Romans 16 with Jude). Now, Paul has talked about false teachers a bunch in the New Testament, but, there was something in particular that time, and also about Jude, and I knew I had to speak on this topic again (previous post can be found here). Continue reading
*Post was originally published on March 17, 2017. Relevant still for such a time as this one.*
What is pharisaism? Pharisaism is adhering to the principles and practices of the Pharisees—men who were fierce (self-righteous) hypocrites, as we see in the Bible.
The Pharisees’ belief was that everyone should live by their rules, their man-made traditions (even when they themselves didn’t). When people didn’t, they unmercifully criticized them, and Jesus wasn’t excluded. Let’s look at one example. Continue reading
Racism is prevalent in the society we live in today… Actually, it has been around for quite some time, dating back to the biblical days. We find it in our schools, we see it on our jobs, we see it by way of our neighbors’ reactions, and for some, it is heard in the home, or some familial environment. These things don’t, or shouldn’t, come as a surprise to us from those of the outer world, those who aren’t believers in Christ. But it is a surprise, and very disheartening, to see such hatred expressed by those who profess to be of the church of Christ. Continue reading
Several times in Scripture, God speaks on the jealousy He has for His name. (Note: God’s jealousy isn’t the same as sinful, human jealousy, but is a righteous jealousy, as it’s a part of who He is, and the longing is for what is His [praise, devotion, honor, glory, reverence].) Continue reading
Recently, I was listening to a newly released (or what I believe to be a newly released) Gospel song on the radio, and one of the background singer’s voices took center stage for me in the song. All of the singers could sing really well, but that one lady’s voice truly made a difference in the song… it stood out. The song, being one of truth about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and one that I can relate to wholeheartedly, would have been a great one without this particular singer’s voice, but, it wouldn’t have sounded quite the same. Her gift to that song was essential, just as your gift to the Body is as well. Continue reading