Our God is great and good, eternally!
Receiving praise through battle and victory hymn,
The Lord sits reigning on his glorious throne
Among four creatures, angels, and cherubim,
In splendor and might; above the heaven’s dome,
He guides the affairs of man, and blesses him
Who wavers not against the enemy.

King Ahab let his pagan wife Jezebel do all the dirty work. She conspired to get Naboth’s vineyard for him, as he pouted on his bed, face turned to the wall. The Lord sent his servant the prophet Elijah to confront him, at the very moment he was taking possession of the vineyard.

Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, 1 Kings 21.20 NIV.

Contrast what Elijah said about Ahab, selling himself to do evil, with what the Lord Jesus Christ did: Continue reading

Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, Col 1.6.

The gospel speaks of Jesus. It is content and communication, the power of God for salvation, “the message of truth” v. 5. As communication, the Good News must be heard and understood. Anyone can communicate it. The Colossians learned it from Epaphras, v. 7. One need not be an apostle to transmit it.

On the lips of many disciples, the Good News bears fruit and grows. It is not limited in its extent nor in its location. It does not depend upon huge financial resources nor upon eloquent preachers. It does depend upon everyone speaking and many hearing. Continue reading

We want to see, but we cannot, now, see the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can love him.

We want to touch and feel, but we cannot, now, touch the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can wait for him and believe in his promise to return.

We want to listen, but we cannot, now, hear his voice. But we can hear the words he taught in person on earth and the words he inspired his apostles and prophets to write in Scripture. And we can hope to hear his words of approval and welcome on the final day. Continue reading

Your favor now to us, O Savior, send!
Let blessings fall, let Jesus with us stay!
Produce in us, O Lord, the Spirit’s fruit!
And let us work to let you have your way.
If in the word of God we have no root,
And if no prayers ascend throughout the day,
How barren will our souls be at the end!

Please tell why people do not rush to obey
The Lord of lords and King of kings—they fiddle!
No full devotion! They move with feet of clay,
And claim to seek a balance, the perfect middle—
Neither overly wicked nor righteous lives.
The slow to follow Christ—ah! What a riddle!—
Will quickly plead for mercy when He arrives.

[Education] consists in nothing else but learning and doing God’s truth (John 8:32), which puts one in very close contact with a man named Jesus. Antagonists of the gospel long ago came to see that Jesus had a most unsettling way of turning the socially unlearned into the spiritually enlightened. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). You see, being with Jesus is the education.

Excellent article by my friend Weylan Deaver. Please read it all at the link: An Education Itself – Biblical Notes

We’ll do a biblical three, yea, four sequence.

Ed Mathews has a year-long daily devotional in PDF format, highly recommended, plus other study materials you should check out. It’s what I read. Biblically based, meaty without being dense, practical.

WAVE is “self-help for coping with overwhelming cravings and compulsions,” not spiritually based, but you might find some practical ideas. Continue reading

  1. Ed Mathews’s devotional, “Plow New Ground,” reminded me today to consider God as Provider. “God will provide” Gen 22.8, Abraham said. And he did. Yahweh-Yireh.
  2. By now you’ve heard about the seismic shift, my bringing most everything from social media to here. Can you bear it?
  3. New series of messages in Urbanova these days: What Christ offers you.” Last week, the first, “Fullness.” Sunday: “Abundant Life.”
  4. Today was a quiet holiday at home for us. I worked at a slower pace.
  5. Yesterday, I wrote a long email to our children, about changes taking place in the city. Much growth here.
  6. A verse, a couplet, of mine:
    Wisdom lacks to solve by force our ills;
    Our inner pain, by thrills, or noise, or pills.
  7. Now an inspired verse from the Lord: “Let us carefully examine our ways, and let us return to the Lord” Lam 3.40.