Biblical People

                “And He said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.”  So I opened my mouth, and He gave me the scroll to eat.  Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat the scroll I am giving to you… Continue reading Biblical People

For He Himself Is Our Peace

                “For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law with its commandments and regulations.”                                                                                                                                                                 Ephesians 2:14-15                 Sometimes we are swept away in wonder over the power and the beauty of the Word… Continue reading For He Himself Is Our Peace

Genuine Repentance

                “But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.  Because… Continue reading Genuine Repentance

Restore Us

                “Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we might be saved.”                                                                                                                                                                                 Psalm 80:3                 It never ceases to amaze me how the Scriptures continuously build the case for the new birth.  In the eightieth Psalm we encounter a worship song which was written to be sung as a prayer… Continue reading Restore Us

Biblical Wisdom

                “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to… Continue reading Biblical Wisdom

Awake

                “”Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the man who is close to me!”  Declares the LORD Almighty. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn My hand against the little ones.  In the whole land,” declares the LORD, “two thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one… Continue reading Awake

Consider It Pure Joy

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything.”                                                                                                                                                                 James 1:2-4                 The more carefully I study the Word of God… Continue reading Consider It Pure Joy

A Vital Question To Begin A New Year

“Later Jesus found him at the Temple and said to him, “See, you are well again.  Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.””                                                                                                                                                                                 John 5:14                 What a wonderful text to focus on in one of the first reflections of 2021.  Taken in its context this verse brings us to a point… Continue reading A Vital Question To Begin A New Year

Do We Really Mean It?

                “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.  Be wise in the way you act… Continue reading Do We Really Mean It?