Why Do We All Die?
Death is not, as so many understand it, a natural part of the cycle of life and existence. It is not built into our humanity.
It is never pleasant to think about death. Yet death is real. It is not something we can afford to ignore, to wish away, to sentimentalize, or to trivialize. Scripture owns up to the reality of death and does so from its opening pages. Issues of “life and death” importance mark the first three chapters... Continue Reading
The Cosmic Treason of Adam
Christ obeyed God. Instead of agreeing with the tempter, Christ vindicated God, and sent the serpent way! This is what Adam should have done.
Our hope of eternal life is secured. Heaven is secured by Christ, whom Paul calls the last Adam (1Cor 15:24). By His obedience and sacrifice, Christ has secured eternal life and the heavenly rest that Adam failed to secure. This is good news for all who rest their faith on Him. I think one... Continue Reading
Diagnosing the Spiritual Diotrephes – Part 1
So, how can we recognize him? Here are a few things that help us diagnose a spiritual Diotrephes.
He can’t have actual, biblically defined shepherds in his life. Biblical shepherding would mean his idols would be exposed and eradicated; it would mean crucifying his lust for recognition. And that’s not something he’s prepared to do. So, he can tolerate superficial shepherding, just as long as so-called shepherds keep a safe distance from him.... Continue Reading
Do Not Forget You Are United to Christ
If you are a believer, at this very moment, you are united to Christ.
Union with Christ is such a glorious reality that it should transform every moment of our day. There is never a moment when we are alone. When the day ahead of us is more than we can handle, he is with us. When we turn off the TV at the end of the day, and... Continue Reading
A Better Illustration of Spiritual Blindness
Sin deceives us to its existence (Heb 3:12-13), and we want to be deceived about it. In this life we will never have 20/20 vision about our own sin.
You’re missing something that is obvious to everyone around you. That’s spiritual blindness. You and I can function in life, and because we can, we don’t notice our blindness to our true condition. We go through life ignorant of the depths and extent of our sin. We cannot see it. Sin is blinding. By nature... Continue Reading
Pray for God’s Kingdom to Come
God is working all throughout human history to build a people for Himself.
To pray “Your kingdom come” is to express our longing for God’s perfect rule on earth. It is to bow before King Jesus and forsake our personal kingdoms. It is to acknowledge the transience of earthly kingdoms and their true place in history (see Ps. 2; Dan. 2). It is to ask for God to bring salvation... Continue Reading
When the Beauty Never Leaves
Steady on, my soul. One day the beauty will come – and it will never leave.
The groaning creation will then be set free into the freedom of the glory of the children of God (Romans 8:21). Its resurrection will follow ours, just as its fall followed ours. No more hints, previews and echoes on that day. But face to face, unveiled glory. I love our local bazaar in the... Continue Reading
The Inquisitors of Marxism—Part 9
Every false religion needs inquisitors because they are false religions. There is no light in them and lies do not draw people.
This false gospel [Cultural Marxism], as we have seen, has a doctrine of sin, and that is the very existence of people like me. My only hope under this new religious regime is to become woke to my status as an oppressor and learn to hate my very existence. If I refuse, or at very... Continue Reading
Reasons to Mourn
How often are we consciously aware of our choice to sin?
As we are going through this disaster of a time – make time to mourn over your sin. Stop and contemplate its horror. Meditate on how filthy our hearts are. Look your sins straight in the face and weep over them. Consider fasting to help you focus on your sinfulness. Pray that God would cause you... Continue Reading
The Grief of Finite Joy
An honest person has to see how powerless the world’s pleasures are to give true, lasting satisfaction.
God has put eternity into our hearts, and we long not just for joy but for joy unending. Every happy experience we have on earth will end. That prick of incompleteness, of a premature finale, is an indication of the capacity of our souls. It points to a new land. Somehow my oldest child... Continue Reading