1. Can't Boast in Anything Else But Jesus
    19 Oct, 2018
    Can't Boast in Anything Else But Jesus
    But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14   I hate boasting. At least when other people do it. I tend to think that boasting is always bad. But that's not exactly true. There are times when boasting can be a good thing. Galatians 6:14 shows us one of those instances. Boasting in the cross of Christ. When I think about I offer nothing to my salvation except my need to be
  2. Pursuing Reconciliation Jesus' Way
    15 Oct, 2018
    Pursuing Reconciliation Jesus' Way
    If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.  But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  Matthew 18:15-17 Imagine sitting down to dinner with
  3. Divisiveness
    15 Oct, 2018
    Divisiveness
    As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.  Titus 3:10-11  It's honest confession time. The passage above has bothered me on occasion. I get how stirring up division in the church is a bad thing, but this verse has sometimes seemed overly strict to me.   I mean, "have nothing to do with him" seems harsh.  Calling him "warped" seems stern and severe.
  4. Besetting Sins Will Not Win in the End
    10 Oct, 2018
    Besetting Sins Will Not Win in the End
    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6   A friend of mine once showed me the Calvin and Hobbes comic above and said, "That's my sanctification!" I get what he meant. Calvin didn't put a rock in the snowball the way he wanted to, but he still threw the snowball. In a similar way, we may not be as bad as we could be, but there's still a lot more growth needed in our lives. And that leads me to what
  5. Grace vs. Besetting Sin
    09 Oct, 2018
    Grace vs. Besetting Sin
    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9  In yesterday's pondering I mentioned how there is a certain sense in which sin in general is besetting.  It's not merely those particular sins we seem to struggle with on a consistent basis.  Sin itself persists in our lives.  We will continue to struggle with sin as long as we live in this present age. I have to admit, when I
  6. Thinking about Besetting Sin
    08 Oct, 2018
    Thinking about Besetting Sin
    For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.  Romans 7:18-19  Last night our Life Group had a good discussion about besetting sins. Because of that discussion, I'd like to take the time over the next few days to share some of the things we mentioned last night and hopefully expand and expound upon that