Good Governance Begins with Knowledge
How Superiors, Inferiors, and Equals Must Seek Their Place
God gives us rules in society for our own good. Men are to be men, women are to be women, and kings are to be kings, and servants are to be servants. There is no denying that this is the natural order of things. We remember that the Ten Commandments are not a response to sin, but... Continue Reading
Pride Will Destroy You, Your Ministry, and People Around You
Power – Pride – Downfall
Pride will destroy you. Pride is an ugly ministry companion that doesn’t let go easily. Pride will undo years of ministry and preaching and leading. If a friend has the courage to say, I think you’ve become proud, listen to that loving correction. Let God break that chain before it breaks you. Let us daily... Continue Reading
Jesus the Zealot
The mission of church is not firstly our comfort but the glory of God.
As the Temple housed the ark of the covenant containing the law of God so too Christ is the incarnate Word and consummate revelation of God. “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his... Continue Reading
The Beauty of Creation: Created for God’s Own Glory
God brought the universe and everything in it into existence to magnify His own glory.
Observing God’s creation can inspire greater reverence for God and His handiwork. The splendor of nature serves as a reminder of God, and in nature, encircled by His creation, we might feel more connected to God. When we venerate any aspect of God’s creation, whether it be nature or another person, we recognize the significance... Continue Reading
Follow Hard After Him, and He Will Never Fail You
Learning to battle unbelief with the Prince of Preachers
We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Few Christians in the history... Continue Reading
The Basics: The Law and the Gospel
The law says “do.” The gospel announces to us what has been “done.”
The content of the law does not change once we are justified through faith. Rather, it is our relationship to the law which changes. Before we were Christ’s, the law stood in judgment upon us, condemning us because we cannot keep it. The law inflicts its curse upon us. But once we trust in Christ... Continue Reading
In Search of Community: A Place for Our Girls
Our girls—as girls—need to experience the God-designed, genuine community in our churches so they can recognize the counterfeit community of the world
Our girls are to be cared for, esteemed, sought after, taught, seen, discipled, valued, just as any member of the body of Christ is. If they are believers, just because they are young and maturing does not diminish their value or position in the body of Christ. If they are not yet believers, our prayer... Continue Reading
Scripture as a Divine-Human Book
How can we respond to those, who assert that Scripture is an altogether too human book?
If God were to speak to us with the “language of heaven” would we be able to understand such a revelation? Could it ever be translated or would it be mystical and sublime, suitable only for incantation? Many world religions approach spiritual concepts with the presumption that they must be esoteric and hard to understand. But in... Continue Reading
Moses’s Unfinished Journey: Death and Work Left Undone
God’s promises to us will not fail to come to pass.
Moses’s sin and mortality made it so he could not finish the job he had spent most of the latter years of his life working toward. We are not all that different. The Lord has given us all work to do in this life and for his Kingdom. Though we may all do a decent... Continue Reading
Why Does the Bible Call the Fear of God “Clean”? — Psalm 19:9
Fear of God means to revere, respect, and submit to his Word because it is holy as God is holy.
God’s Word is the means by which God works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure, purifying you by his work of sanctification through faith in your Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the fear of God that is clean and endures forever. We often think of “fear” in a negative... Continue Reading