I am being renewed day by day. Although it may not seem like it, I am. To be sure, I take side trips that cause me problems; but in the bigger picture, God has me right where he wants me. I believe that. I really do. You see, Jesus has a job to do that … Continue reading I Believe!
What did you think about Wednesday's post? Is dieting really a false religion? Let's explore that some more. Here's how Bible Gateway defines false religion: The worship of anything that is not God, including any form of religion that fails to do justice to the glory and majesty of God. Scripture criticizes both the practices … Continue reading Is Dieting Really a False Religion?
My church just wrapped up Genesis in our bible reading plan. What a fascinating book! The more I read it, the more it intrigues me. It's full of prophecy. Last year, my wife gave me "The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy" as a gift. I've spent many hours on that and have only begun to … Continue reading Old Testament Prophecy
Why is it so hard to repent? Certainly, we see need of it within our lives and the church, don't we? Let's face it, how many people sitting in church are far heavier than they should be? How many mismanage their money and time? How many couples wish their marriage was better? How many men … Continue reading What Are You Waiting For?
If you have been following me for any length of time, you know that I talk a lot about the nature of sin. It's a topic worth studying, not so that we might sin better or more often, but from a preventative perspective. What is sin, and why do I desire it so even though … Continue reading How About a Nice, Big Slice of Humble Pie?
How interesting is it that the very last chapter to John Owen's book, "The Mortification of Sin" is the one that is the most enjoyable. Prior to that, it was a tremendous amount of discussion of sin. In a nutshell, there is no delivery from indwelling sin unless one genuinely repents; and one cannot genuinely … Continue reading No Shortcuts.
I tell you what. Puritan writers certainly give me a lot to think about. Actually, it's tough reading because I realize how shallow my relationship with God is. I'm just skimming the surface. Let's take two verses from Colossians, for example: Colossians 2:13-14 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of … Continue reading Skimming the Surface.
I just finished up Acts which concluded with Paul's quotation of Isaiah 6:9-10. I find this one of the most puzzling verses. Isaiah 6:9-10 9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’10 Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and … Continue reading Make Their Hearts Dull.
I'm back into the swing of things after taking a week off. It was refreshing! When I was a "manager" of people, I had a rule that they must take a minimum of 5 consecutive work days off in a row, Monday through Friday, so that they might be rejuvenated and ready to get back … Continue reading Renewal. Day by Day.
I tell you what, that must have been some sermon Peter gave! Well, he gave lots of them, I suppose, but he gave a couple of doozies right after Pentecost. His first was to people in general who lived in Jerusalem. The second that was recorded was at the temple when he healed the lame … Continue reading That Guy Has Guts!