To Love What God Commands

  “Almighty God, You alone can bring into order all the unruly affections of my life.  I pray that You will give me grace to love what You command and desire what You promise so that my heart Continue reading

God Really Does Love You

Bad theology has taught us that God is out to get us, so we are afraid.  The God who is revealed in Christ is a God who is in search of all His creatures, so declared by His unconditional love for Continue reading

To Know The Lord

Jeremiah complains against the man who lives for himself without concern for others.  He reminds him, “Did not your father...do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.  He pled the cause Continue reading

Jesus Messiah Is

  In a world of detours and dead end streets, Messiah is the Way.  In a world of deceit, He is the Truth.  In a world of decay, He is the Life.  In a world of thirst, He is the Water of Life.  Continue reading

Daily Crosses

I fear we have concocted a “dying to self” that is something that occurs only in the sterile ivory palace of our pietistic devotion to the Lord.  This is more than a “spiritual” dying.  It is not one Continue reading

Dying And Fruit Bearing

Each spring we plant seeds in the ground so that they might die and be multiplied.  Jesus said of Himself, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it Continue reading

Hearers Only

  Sometimes it appears that persons who most need to hear a word do not hear it, though they appear to be listening.   Anything contrary to the grain of their well chosen ways is filtered Continue reading

EGO

Recovery literature has a powerful acronym for ego.  It is E.G.O., Edging God Out. That has happened from Eden forward.  We want to be in control, so we push God to the parameters of our lives, if not Continue reading

How To Treat People

The New Testament lays out three ways we are to treat our fellow humans.  1) You are to treat people like you would like to be treated.  2) You are to treat people like Jesus would treat them.  3) You Continue reading

King Of The Earth

“Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth” Psalm 47:6b-7a (NASB).  God is King above all kings, Ruler above all rulers and LORD of all Lords.  His kingdom is called Continue reading