1. Active Waiting for a Glorious End
    14 Dec, 2018
    Active Waiting for a Glorious End
    But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  2 Peter 3:13   I hate to sound cynical, but there aren't a lot of things that surprise me nowadays. Maybe that's because scandalous things seem to happen almost every day. Think about what's happened over the course of this year that almost seems like normal news these days . . . School shootings? Check. Government officials doing something underhanded?  Check. Sexual abuse in
  2. The Sun of Righteousness With Healing in His Wings
    04 Dec, 2018
    The Sun of Righteousness With Healing in His Wings
    But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. Malachi 4:2   Hail! the heaven-born Prince of peace!  Hail! the Son of Righteousness!  Light and life to all he brings,  Risen with healing in his wings   Charles Wesley wrote those lyrics to one of our beloved Christmas hymns, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. It's obvious he had Malachi 4:2 in mind when he wrote that particular stanza. And when we
  3. Let Justice Flow
    08 Dec, 2017
    Let Justice Flow
    I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.  Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them.  Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.  But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:21-24  If you're a part of any church, you can see that the
  4. Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
    08 Sep, 2017
    Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6 When I had an endoscopy a few years ago, I couldn't eat or drink anything until after the procedure was over. I didn't think that was a big deal until a few setbacks caused a delay of a few hours. It's amazing how thirsty and hungry I felt in just a matter of hours.  If you've ever gone a while without food and water, you know what I'm talking about. The desire to eat and drink in those
  5. The Great Exchange
    08 Feb, 2017
    The Great Exchange
    For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Some folks have called it "the Great Exchange". Jesus Christ, the righteous, holy Son of God, the only person who has ever walked on earth in a sinless way, took our sins upon himself as he was executed on a Roman cross. He was so associated with our sin the Scriptures say that he became sin. Sinners like us, rebellious, selfish, self-centered . . . we were shown
  6. Are Our Desires for Wisdom and Righteousness Too Weak?
    14 Mar, 2016
    Are Our Desires for Wisdom and Righteousness Too Weak?
    But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 Two Sundays ago I made a comment that caused a little bit of a stir.  A good stir, mind you, but a stir nonetheless. The comment I made was that few of us in the church really want to be truly righteous and