One of the glorious truths of the gospel is that God is long-suffering in his love and mercy for his creation. That patience is meant to lead sinners to repentance and reconciliation with God, himself. That patience definitely does not communicate that God overlooks sin or has allowed us to define what is sin and what is not.
Our Life’s Response to this Christ Child
On Sunday our pastor led our congregation in a study of Isaiah 11:1-12. In this passage, Isaiah further expounds upon his prophesy of a coming child that he introduces in chapter 9, the One who will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (9:6). On one level this prophesy offered encouragement to the Israelite... Continue Reading →
“If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
Jesus makes two very important promises to his disciples in John 14:12-14. It just so happens that these two promises have resulted in some of the most hi-jacked and perverted interpretations of Scripture. In turn, such interpretations have provided the foundation for some of the most prominent false theological systems of our day. It is true that Jesus... Continue Reading →
Gospel Transformation & Treasure
One of the most well known declarations of the Apostle Paul can be found in Philippians 1:21. "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Upon reading these words Paul offers his readers an opportunity to see his great internal struggle as he nears the end of his life. Although the... Continue Reading →
Am I a Disciple Maker? How can I know?
In the opening verses of 2 Timothy 3, Paul warns Timothy concerning godlessness in the last days. The warning contains a sad list of the resulting realities of sin within a world filled with sin sick hearts. The list includes love of self and money, pride, arrogance, heartlessness, slanderousness, treachery and reckless behavior, among others.... Continue Reading →