In terms of God’s calling, the goal of all effort in this life is to be received into heaven. This is our objective and our hope. Continue reading “A rich welcome”
David exalts the Lord who put him on the throne of Israel and established his dynasty. Continue reading “How many words of praise do you manage to use for God?”
But if you have nothing to say, then listen to me.
Be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.
Job 33.33 EXB
In the age of social media, we all have something to say and multiple venues through which to say it.
Elihu launched himself into the lull between Job and his three friends. Everyone had exhausted their arguments. No one had convinced anyone of their positions. Now the youngest of them thinks he has a shot. Continue reading “‘If you have nothing to say, listen to me’”
A nation’s people often are deeply divided when its leaders go into war. Rare is that conflict when the entire country is in favor of military action. But the Messiah’s followers fight without reservation.
When you go to war,
your people will serve you willingly.
You are arrayed in holy garments,
and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew.
Psalm 110.3 NLT
This psalm is messianic and is fulfilled ultimately in Christ. Gill says that Christians will “cheerfully fight his battles” Continue reading “A war we want to fight”
I was working recently to promote an Internet group called, “Thirst for God.” Every Christian should desire more and more the presence of God. A term which shows the intensity of this desire is “seek.” Continue reading “Seeking from thirst for God”
Fear of loss is a huge motivator. The prospect of losing a prized possession or relationship has constrained many a person to change behaviors or habits.
Then again, some are so stubborn in their ways, so set in their mindset, that absolutely nothing will budge them. So were the Jews in Jesus’ day. Continue reading “Losing the kingdom of God”
Selfishness and rudeness are two sides of the same coin. Selfishness does not care how words and acts may affect others. The person who loves behaves with good manners, knows how to thank, apologize, excuse himself.
It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful.
1 Corinthians 13.5 NET Continue reading “Well-mannered love”
Remember the ire of the Jews when Jesus spoke of destroying the temple, and they thought he was referring to the physical temple in Jerusalem?
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.
1 Corinthians 3.16-17 NET Continue reading “Stoking the ire”
Some people sell their bodies, others, their soul. So it was appropriate for Isaiah to use the figure of a prostitute losing her attractions and apply it to the city of Tyre:
“Take a harp; walk around the city, you forgotten whore! Make sweet melody; sing many songs, and perhaps you’ll be remembered.”
Isaiah 23.16 NET Continue reading “‘The forgotten whore’”
When the church has men and women who make this same affirmation as the apostle Paul—and live by it, as he did, great advances will be made in God’s kingdom:
But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24 NET Continue reading “My worthless life”