When we call upon God in our affliction, preparation must first be made. Note in this version the “Then.” Something must happen first. We have to make a change before God will rescue us, but the promise still stands: Continue reading “Ask God for help only afterwards”
Glory to God for his immense patience, which seems to man nothing but a long delay, while humans clamor for justice, and the Lord lingers still before his coming, as a great act of mercy, allowing time for repentance!
Glory to God for granting repentance through the proclamation of his word and through Christ’s invitation to come into our lives and rule for our salvation. Glory to him for the joy of change!
by J. Randal Matheny
Today is Friday, but the hour’s unsure,
We’ve crossed a zone of time, or two or three;
To find the body’s clock there’s but one cure:
A week of sleep within our new degree. Continue reading “UPLift: Unsure”
Turn or burn, they say? Well, yes, in a manner of speaking. But try these on for size. Continue reading “A turn of gospel phrase”
It doesn’t matter what you have to give up in order to gain Christ. What the Lord offers is a thousand times better than any pleasure, relationship, or sin that we might prize. Continue reading “Whatever you have to give up”
A brother who was looking to justify his sin quoted this verse to me. Before he was a Christian, he said, he lived in ignorance. But now, since he has Christ, he can, even though he was an adulterer before, marry whom he wants to.
But that’s not what the verse says. Continue reading “Twisting scripture to justify sin”
When the others heard this, they stopped objecting and began praising God. They said, “We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life.”
Acts 11.18 NLT Continue reading “Nobody pays much mind to it”
Doing some reading on repentance, I found this sentence which swallows repentance up in faith.
This emphasis on repentance has important implications in understanding the Reformation teaching of faith alone. When we say we are saved and justified by faith alone we understand that term faith to mean a repentant–faith. Continue reading “Repentant faith, obedient faith”
Light means life, joy, understanding, and purity. God is light. It’s his nature; light means discovery, while darkness means stumbling. In the light we meet one another, in the darkness we miss each other. We pass each other in the dark without seeing, without knowing.
O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the LORD.
Isaiah 2:5 ESV
Isaiah’s call to walk in the light is an invitation to repentance, to restoring obedience among the people, to abandon the darkness of idolatry and of the arrogance of rebellion. Continue reading “Walk in the Lord’s light”