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 […]

Adjusting Our Identity

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” – 1 Peter 2:11 I woke up this morning wanting to write a blog as I usually do on Monday but came up blank on a subject. My response was to ask God, […]

Doing the Right Thing in the Wrong Way

” But Hezekiah had interceded for them, saying, “May the good Lord provide atonement on behalf of whoever sets his whole heart on seeking God, the Lord, the God of his ancestors, even though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.” So the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.” – 2Chronicles 30:18-20 […]

Awe

Awe is a word that we throw around rather lightly these days. We talk of things being “awesome”, from a particular food that stimulates our taste buds to a television show we enjoy. As is the case with most words and language, the more often we misuse a word the less meaning it comes to […]