1. The Law Shows Us Our Sin
    10 Jul, 2018
    The Law Shows Us Our Sin
    What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, "You shall not covet."  But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. Romans 7:7-8 Has this ever happened to you? You see a sign that forbids something, and you suddenly have an overwhelming urge to do that
  2. Jesus is Not Ashamed of His Family
    21 Jun, 2018
    Jesus is Not Ashamed of His Family
    For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, "I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise." Hebrews 2:11-12 When I was a teenager there were times when I was ashamed to be seen with my dad.  I hate to admit that, but it's true. There were lots of reasons why, but it basically came down to my desire to be "cool", and I thought my dad was definitely "not
  3. Clean Vs. Unclean
    19 Jun, 2018
    Clean Vs. Unclean
    And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, "If you will, you can make me clean."  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean."  And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.  Mark 1:40-42 I've been going through Leviticus lately. One of the things that is readily apparent when one goes through the the book of Leviticus is that it goes into great detail about what the Israelites were to consider "clean"
  4. Every Spiritual Blessing
    11 Jun, 2018
    Every Spiritual Blessing
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places . . . Ephesians 1:3 This verse has become something of a "go to" passage for me recently.  I've been captivated by it. The fact that God the Father has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing is staggering. Every. Spiritual. Blessing. Every. Single.  One. Nothing withheld. Nothing denied. Whatever spiritual blessing the Father has, it is
  5. Addressing The Fear of Man
    01 Jun, 2018
    Addressing The Fear of Man
    But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.  For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.  And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.  Galatians 2:11-13 It's one of those odd moments in apostolic history.  The Apostle Paul confronted the Apostle Peter (Cephas).
  6. More Sinful Than We Think
    29 May, 2018
    More Sinful Than We Think
    Who can say, "I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?  Proverbs 20:9  What I'm about to say is going to sound like a real downer, but it's important fact to understand. Sin affects everything we do. Actions.  Words.  Thoughts.  Feelings. You name it.  Sin is there. Even the best of what we do is tainted in some way by sin. As the Westminster Confession of Faith says, even our good works "are defiled and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection that they cannot endure the