The Simplicity of God

I’ve been working up to writing this post for a couple of weeks now. I’ve dreaded this one because in my mind it’s fraught with hazards of misunderstanding and the potential for failure to say what I really want to express. It runs the risk of being just another platitude or lacking in substance. And […]

The Simple Joy of Fellowship

It’s been some time since I last added anything to this blog. Not only have the logistics become more challenging with the need to find WiFi sites; I also have been distracted and haven’t found much of anything to offer worth posting. Yesterday, however, proved to be such a blessing I felt compelled to say […]

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 […]

Singing

“Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,  singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” – Colossians 3:16 Some of us may not give much thought to singing as part of our worship. We may have a favorite hymn or two, and we enjoy listening to the singing even if we don’t think we have the voice to contribute to it. But have we considered the purpose of singing? I’ve been […]