1. God, the Righteous Judge
    15 Jan, 2019
    God, the Righteous Judge
    God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.  Psalm 7:11   One Christmas when I was a child, I received, among other things, a Pogo Stick and a Bible. I remember looking through my Bible on the floor of my living room.  I was on the page where God destroyed the world with a flood in Noah's day.  At some point, I left the Bible open on the floor, and started jumping on my Pogo Stick.   I'm sure you can guess what happened. My Pogo stick landed on my Bible.   I looked
  2. Encouragement to Fess Up
    05 Sep, 2017
    Encouragement to Fess Up
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 Based on what I've seen in my own life and in the lives of others, admitting we've done something wrong is usually difficult for us.  There are all kinds of reasons why it may be hard to admit our iniquities. Maybe it's because we're blind to what we've done. Maybe it's because we don't want to admit it to ourselves that we've done such a thing. Maybe it's because
  3. Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, Follow Jesus
    28 Aug, 2017
    Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, Follow Jesus
    And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23 Recently, I heard a pastor say that he hates it when he hears other pastors proclaim, "All you have to do is believe."  This pastor said that statement is well-meaning, but it cheapens the life of discipleship Jesus calls us to. While I may not be quite as critical of those kinds of statements as he is, I hear what he is saying. We should always remember that faith
  4. The Weightiness of Forsakenness
    21 Mar, 2016
    The Weightiness of Forsakenness
    And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"  Matthew 27:46 "Jesus died on the cross for my sins." When I think about it, it's disturbing to me just how thoughtlessly we can utter those words.  There are times when it seems we're simply repeating a slogan . . . quite oblivious to the realities of which we speak.  But what happened at the cross deserves more engagement than simply spouting