Iron Sharpens Iron

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 I love working in my shop, but I hate dull tools. They’re dangerous and they don’t work well. So I’ve learned to sharpen tools. At first, I didn’t like sharpening very much because I wasn’t good at it. But the more I read and […]

Light and Momentary Things

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. for this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” – 1 Corinthians 4:16-17 I love sunrises. A sunrise in a clear sky during a northern […]

No More Excuses

“What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:31-32 A Christian should never make excuses for being […]

Slave Mentality

“Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread¬† to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”¬† – Exodus 16:3 (ESV) The more I read the book […]

Weakness is Strength

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10 (ESV) Many of us find encouragement in the writings of the apostle Paul. We like verses like, “I can do all things through him who strengthens […]

A God Who Is Relentless

Have you ever considered what a relentless God we have? I’ve heard him called loving, gracious, and merciful by those who have obeyed him, and bloodthirsty, uncaring, and unjust by those who reject him. We refer to God in many ways, but relentless usually isn’t one of the first terms that come to mind. I’ve […]

Romans 5

I really first discovered Romans 5 about the time I graduated from high school. The nineteenth year of my life was arguably the worst one because it was a transition from a relatively sheltered existence to rubbing up against a world I was not prepared to face. In the midst of exposure to a lot […]