1. Abhor Evil, Cling to Good
    01 Aug, 2018
    Abhor Evil, Cling to Good
    Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  Romans 12:9  There are not many things I would say I abhor. Abhor is such a strong word. I may dislike something.   Maybe even hate a thing or two. But abhor? To me, that sounds like hate raised to the 10th power or something. In my mind, to abhor something isn't just to hate it.  It is to despise it with absolute loathing.  It is react with disgust and revulsion because the abhorred thing is seen as a detestable and
  2. Lord and Savior
    31 Jul, 2018
    Lord and Savior
    But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame."  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for
  3. Satan Crushed Under Your Feet
    30 Jul, 2018
    Satan Crushed Under Your Feet
    The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  Romans 16:20  I gave this benediction at the end of our worship service yesterday.   It's a striking verse! Startling, even! First, think about how God is described in this verse.  He's the God of peace.  And yet what he has in store for Satan is not peaceful!  No, the peace he brings is to us as his people.  Satan is never promised peace.  Since Satan is the disturber of peace, God will
  4. Nothing Can Separate Us From God's Love in Christ . . . Nothing!
    23 Jul, 2018
    Nothing Can Separate Us From God's Love in Christ . . . Nothing!
    For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39 Last week I was enjoying some time on the beach with my family when I noticed a storm cloud in the distance.  Wanting to know which way the cloud was moving, I reached for my iPhone and tapped on my weather radar app.   But nothing
  5. 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
  6. Renewing My Mind
    05 Jun, 2018
    Renewing My Mind
    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2  All of us need to have our minds renewed. I know I do. I've been doing some processing lately, and I've come to the conclusion that I have patterns of thought that are not grounded in the gospel of Christ.  For example, I have a tendency to see my life through a significantly negative filter.  I can