So that we can submit to God’s authority, be holy as he is holy, and fulfill his mission in the world, we have God’s power to give us all the strength necessary.
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for his sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel.
2 Timothy 1.8 NET Continue reading
“Luke, this is your destiny.” So said Darth Vader to his son Luke Skywalker, in the film “Star Wars.” But Luke resisted, somehow, that destiny. Christians also have a destiny, but this one can’t be avoided: Continue reading
Many have abandoned the truth of the gospel. Others, upon learning of original Christianity according to the New Testament, have refused to follow Jesus and remained in their way of perdition. Even in the midst of suffering, Job maintained his commitment to God’s commandments.
I have not departed from the commands of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth
more than my daily food.
Job 23:12 HCSB Continue reading
Have you ever reached a moment in life when it just didn’t make sense? When the pain was too heavy to bear? When no one understood, and words of comfort merely worsened the affliction?
Then Job responded:
“Oh, if only my grief could be weighed,
and my misfortune laid on the scales too!
But because it is heavier than the sand of the sea,
that is why my words have been wild.
Job 6:1-3 NET
The Lord was not shocked by Job’s words, but his friends, who had never gone through anything similar, answered him harshly.
What can we learn from Job’s words? Continue reading
In the popular movement of preserving what is called nature and not wasting natural resources, some seek to take advantage of everything, recycling used materials and, to cite one example, utilizing those parts of fruits and vegetables that were once thrown away. It’s good to make use of everything, because God does it:
Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, …
Romans 5:3 NET Continue reading
Among human powers, one rises only to fall shortly thereafter. This is especially clear in dictators like Kadhafi, who yesterday toppled the previous head of Libya in order to exercise complete power and oppress his own people, but today was toppled by rebels. There is one, however, who has defeated his enemy to never again be challenged.
[Christ] has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!
2 Timothy 1:10 NET Continue reading
Not everything is what it seems. Not all that glitters is gold. And not all gold glitters all the time. So was Jesus.
“You put all things under his control.” For when he put all things under his control, he left nothing outside of his control. At present we do not yet see all things under his control, but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone.
Hebrews 2:8-9 NET
In chapter 2, the author explains why Jesus became a human being. If he is superior to angels (chapter 1), why then did he become man? He answers what may have been a question of his readers. Continue reading
Jesus’ narrow focus. His truth-telling, regardless. Need some energizing? Thoughts during the Lord’s Supper. Something new about suffering. Confessing human ignorance. Jesus in a house.
As I’ve been doing here on my blog, so I turn to seven separate thoughts
on this Monday for my Forthright Magazine editorial.
A person with great anger bears the penalty, but if you deliver him from it once, you will have to do it again.
Proverbs 19:19 NET
There are times it’s useless to help someone, and you can know ahead of time that your help will be futile. Continue reading
The Lord welcomes us as we are, where we are, with our questions and doubts. And he has an answer for every question, a comfort for every doubt. So says this UPLift poem. Continue reading