What is joy anyway? It’s one of those words we all think we understand, but sometimes I wonder.
Joy is not happiness. We think it is, but it’s not. How do we know? Because Peter makes it clear that it co-exists with grief (look up chapter 1 and read from verse 3, see what I mean?). Happiness changes with emotion, joy co-exists with emotions. Which of course should lead us to a conclusion:... Continue Reading
Prayer, the Problem of Evil, and the Place of Tradition
Will we find salvation through a blend of the Christian faith and traditional practices?
God’s solution to the universal problem of evil doesn’t change, from place to place or culture to culture. Prayer is the standard. In fact, part of the transformation that Christianity brings to each culture is how it seeks supernatural intervention. Philippi was also the place where Paul met a slave girl with a spirit of... Continue Reading
A Devotional on Communing with God through Nature by George Washington Carver
We get closer to God as we get more intimately and understandingly acquainted with the things he has created.
Carver speaks of finding God in nature because he was a scientist, but we can all frame the principle of finding God in terms of our own walk of life. What Carver says about nature, a professor can say about history or art or literature or psychology, and a homemaker about the domestic routine, and... Continue Reading
Were Adam and Eve Created Perfect?
Two reasons why Adam and Eve were never perfect.
We changed for the worse in Adam’s failure (1 Cor 15:22), and then require another ontological change to be justified before God (John 3:3). Even if Adam had perfectly followed God’s command he still would have undergone a change. He would have been made unable to sin and would’ve continued in that state to this... Continue Reading
The Heavenly Wisdom of a Soft Answer
David Dickson explains James’s insistence on the need to bridle our tongues.
James gives eight characteristics of heavenly wisdom, the wisdom which is joined with meekness. (1) It is pure and chaste, i.e., it holds fast truth and holiness, lest it be in any way polluted. (2) It is peaceable, avoiding contentions. (3) It endeavours after equity. (4) It easily gives place to right reason. (5) It... Continue Reading
Police Officer Resigns After Being Told not to Post “Offensive” Views on Biblical Marriage
When told he should never discuss his interpretation of Scripture again, Kersey resigned, stating that he needed to stand up for his beliefs.
It is true that what Kersey wrote would likely be offensive to most homosexuals. That doesn’t mean there was anything wrong with him saying it. There was nothing hateful about Kersey’s words, certainly nothing about the inherent value of a person or anything wishing them ill will. The claim that what he said is the... Continue Reading
The Basics: The Deity of Jesus Christ
Jesus is true and eternal God, uncreated, without beginning or end.
The coming Messiah is repeatedly identified as the almighty God and eternal father, the wisdom of God, righteous, highly exalted, yet to be born of a lowly virgin. These prophetic verses can only be speaking of one person, Israel’s coming Redeemer, Jesus Christ, who is the God of Abraham (cf. John 8:58). Like Jews... Continue Reading
Secret Sin is Never a Secret
Sin must be atoned for, even those dark sins of the human heart that no one ever sees.
There is not a single sin when it comes to the holiness of God that, done in isolation, doesn’t hurt others. Most importantly, all sin originating from the human heart is an affront to God’s holy and righteous character. The problem with secret sin is its sheer power over our lives. Who can understand his... Continue Reading
A Living Epistle
Only by explaining our behavior in terms of Christ will God be glorified on the day of visitation.
Peter addresses us as a royal priesthood, a people belonging to God, loved by Him. He urges us to abstain from evil and devote ourselves to our Kingdom calling under the lordship of Jesus Christ, with an eye to provoking glory to God in the eyes of others. that… they may, by your good... Continue Reading
Three points that we should consider.
As believers, we don’t have to grieve like the rest of the world. (1 Thess. 4:13) We know that because of Christ’s declaration that “it is finished”, we have the promise that the sting of death has been taken away. Because of this, we can rest in peace knowing that at the end of the... Continue Reading
Heir of All Nations
The Father's promise and the Devil's temptation.
Heritage is about inheritance. The Son is the heir of the nations. He is a new Adam, whose dominion will be to the ends of the earth. This is the Father’s promise to the Son, who will be the Son of David—Messiah—to reign forever. If Psalm 2:8 is a pledge to the Son of global dominion,... Continue Reading
Why Love is One of Gods Commandments
Hugh Binning outlines some of the reasons why God likes love enough to command it.
The gospel is not brought to you so that you would reconcile God, and bring about a change in His affection, but instead, to beseech you to be reconciled to God, to take away all hostility out of your heart. This is the business which preachers have to do, to persuade you that the Father... Continue Reading
Christ’s Place in the Heavens
How the Ascension Gives the Believer Peace
If you really want to see the glory of God and the power that comes with it there needs to be a growing love for the person and work of Jesus, and that begins with resting in how He shows Himself to be our Savior, both in His work of humiliation at the cross, and... Continue Reading
An Antidote to Spiritual Amnesia
How Could We Forget?
Israel could not save themselves; God had to do it. God initiated salvation (Ex. 12:1–2), designed salvation (Ex. 12:3–5), and provided salvation (Ex. 12:6). He reset their calendar so that the beginning of the year reminded them of the beginning of their salvation. His salvation blueprint was titled “Substitution,” saving Israel from death by a... Continue Reading
Doing All Things to the Glory of God
We should discipline ourselves so as to accomplish the tasks that Christ has given us to do.
When eating and drinking identify us with idols, for example, and thus bring us into fellowship with demons, then we should avoid that kind of eating and drinking. Doing all to the glory of God requires us not simply to examine our hearts (which we certainly should do) but more importantly to examine the implications... Continue Reading
10 Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Church to Attend
Discernment in Choosing a Faithful Church
People have six days to be entertained, but the seventh day is a day of rest from worldly amusements and a time to seriously worship the risen Christ. If the church one is attending is theater-driven, tickling people’s ears with what they want to hear while using the world’s methods in an attempt toward relevancy, then the... Continue Reading
“Yes, I am a Christian, Just Like Those Over There”
Standing with humble believers against the demands of a decadent culture.
I would not deny that I am an “elite” myself. I trade in ideas. I teach at a college. I write books. My hands are soft through lack of doing what anything that my grandfather might have referred to as “real work.” And the challenge this poses for me is: Who are truly my brother... Continue Reading
The Son & The Sabbath
How the Sabbath of Creation Connects with Christ as Son
Not only was rest given for the enjoyment of Lord Adam of Eden: the ultimate beneficial reason for the giving of the Sabbath to the human race, was so that when the Word took Flesh, Jesus, Himself, might sanctify this day of rest. From before the world was made, the Logos fully intended to use... Continue Reading
What is the Sign that We Have Come to Know Jesus?
“You still do not know me?”: A Devotion on John 14:6–9
Here’s one way we can be sure that we do know Jesus: we long to know him more. Our hearts say with the apostle Paul—who, after enjoying, worshipping and faithfully serving Jesus for around three decades, near the end of his life declared this—“My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection... Continue Reading
The Fifth Characteristic of a Healthy Church: A Commitment to Share with Courage
How can we, as Christians today, become more like the Church that changed the world and transformed the Roman Empire?
While the early believers certainly cared for those within the Christian community who were in need, they also courageously communicated the truth of the Gospel with the world around them. The scriptures tell us they were of “one mind in the temple”. What was this “mind” they shared? Repeatedly, and in spite of intense opposition,... Continue Reading
Seven Occasions for Fasting
Fasting is a means of heavenly grace to us, that it is an elevating ordinance.
We are not to fast and pray for the sake of fasting and prayer. We are to fast and pray for the sake and attention of our heavenly Father. As Matthew 6:16-18 makes clear to us, fasting is a means of grace if and only if presented for the notice of your heavenly Father who... Continue Reading
For Those Who Desire Justice
God provides justice in His way and in His timing.
Trust God to handle the sin against you, your family, your neighbor, your community, or others. God will. He does not release the guilty. God’s wrath functions in righteousness and keeps you from the poison of your own. Your wrath spoils. You only hurt yourself. Possibly you, like so many, have been sinned against... Continue Reading
Trinitarian Heterodoxy Eclipses Marriage (Once Again)
Brief analysis on the theological appropriateness of using unqualified persons of the Trinity as an analogy for marriage.
Within the economic Trinity there is a Divine Person with a non-divine will that makes Jesus’ submission to God both possible and fitting. Accordingly, the Christ to God authority and submission is not a Trinity consideration per se but a limited consideration of the union of two natures in one hypostasis. Yet the submission of wife to husband finds its analogy to Christ to God not in an ordering of being but in creative design just the same. A... Continue Reading
He Stood Up … Luke 5:17-26
The objective, verifiable demonstration of God’s power and pardon for sins is the resurrection; the “standing-up” again of Jesus from the dead. This is the centre of Luke’s message in his written accounts to Theophilus: Jesus is the resurrected Saviour and Lord of the world. I was running an early morning devotion for a... Continue Reading
10 Reasons to Host a Pastor Story Hour
Why we believe this event is so helpful, useful, and necessary.
Whether it is Pastor Story Hour or something else, we want our children to see us active in the world. We do not want them to grow up hiding from culture. We do not want them to believe that our faith is private, quiet, and secretive. We do not want them to grow up afraid... Continue Reading
Disney’s Disenchanted Kingdom
How the formerly family-friendly enterprise lost its way.
Walt’s Disenchanted Kingdom concludes by citing a poll showing that customer satisfaction and respect for the Disney brand have plunged from 77 percent to 51 percent in the last year alone. This confirms the simple truth, that a significant majority of parents do not want their children indoctrinated in gender ideology or any other social justice agenda by... Continue Reading
Praise God for the Perspicuity of Scripture
The plain meaning of the Scriptures is readily available to anyone who approaches the Bible with humility and faith.
Deception starts with a questioning of the plain meaning of Scripture. “Did God really say…?” Without a high view of Scripture and a belief in its perspicuity, we can twist the Scriptures to meet our own preferences. Once we start down that road, we will begin to fashion the Word to suit our own image.... Continue Reading
You Bless It, You Bought It
The Church of England’s bishops descend into utter nonsense.
The real point of all this is that the Church of England is now to bless same-sex unions in clear defiance of both the Bible and the tradition of the Christian church. It will do so even as many of the more conservative churches in the Anglican Communion threaten to break from Canterbury. It will... Continue Reading
Being Ruled by Devices
What I hope to offer is a practical diagnostic for Christians that helps them discern what technologies they will and will not adopt based on the purpose of technology to support humans in their calling to live freely before God and in community with one another. I call it the Terminator Test: does it aid... Continue Reading
“I Will Come to You”: An Amillennial Interpretation of John 14:1-3
An Amillennial View
The amillennial interpretation of this text supplies a truer, richer, and far more comforting meaning than that of our dispensational brothers. The Lord is not speaking here of a pre-tribulation rapture, but of a three-fold coming to his disciples: first at the moment of their new birth, second at the moment of their death, and... Continue Reading