1. William Cowper Points Us to the Cleansing Fountain of Christ
    26 Mar, 2018
    William Cowper Points Us to the Cleansing Fountain of Christ
    On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.  Zechariah 13:1  William Cowper suffered emotional problems.  Anxiety and depression, among other issues, plagued him during his adult life. During one of his bouts with depression, he wrote the hymn "There is a Fountain Filled With Blood".   Cowper understood the prophecy in Zechariah 13 about a fountain that cleansed God's people from their sins
  2. When Red + Red = White
    03 Jan, 2018
    When Red + Red = White
    Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18 So I hear there's a little snow coming our way.   Here in Sumter, snow always brings with it the shutting down of schools, businesses, and other institutions.  It also brings the inevitable run on milk and bread. But snow can bring us something else, if we're willing to think about it. God says to his
  3. 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
  4. Seeing Our Own Inconsistency
    10 Aug, 2017
    Seeing Our Own Inconsistency
    But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth-- you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?  You who say that one must
  5. Forgiving as We've Been Forgiven
    31 May, 2017
    Forgiving as We've Been Forgiven
    Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32 For the last several weeks our family has been going through The Young Peacemaker curriculum together.  In this curriculum there are 12 short student activity books with cartoons, instruction, and various kinds of activities that are designed to help "students to respond to conflict God's way."  I'm not paid to endorse this material or anything, but let me just say that it has been good
  6. How Christ-like Are We?
    28 Apr, 2017
    How Christ-like Are We?
    Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. Luke 15:1 There are times when a passage of Scripture really causes me to do a double take. Luke 15:1 is one of those passages. Yes, I know it's an introductory sentence to some of Jesus' most beloved parables.  And you would think those parables would be where my attention would be be drawn rather than just an introductory phrase. But I can't shake the feeling that as important as those parables are (and they are vitally