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. God Brings Down the Proud
    02 Nov, 2018
    God Brings Down the Proud
    The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, "Who will bring me down to the ground?"  Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the LORD. Obadiah 3-4 Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament.   It's also about judgment against the nation of Edom. And there are no explicit, specific messianic promises mentioned in the book
  3. Stones Crying Out
    23 Mar, 2018
    Stones Crying Out
    As he was drawing near-- already on the way down the Mount of Olives-- the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"  And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples."  He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out."  Luke 19:37-40 "If
  4. Judgment and Works
    08 Nov, 2017
    Judgment and Works
    For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.  2 Corinthians 5:10 A lot of ink has been spilt over this verse (and others like it), so I'll try to be as brief as I can. Read by itself, this verse may seem like it is saying that our salvation is based on our works.  It refers to the judgment seat of Christ and receiving what is due for what we have done whether good or evil. But if we
  5. Passing Judgment and Christmas
    09 Dec, 2016
    Passing Judgment and Christmas
    Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.  One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.  Rom. 14:4-5 Every year around this time (the general Decemberish period of the year) I have more than one conversation with people about the celebration of Christmas and how it should