An Oracle for a King
A Call to Caution: This oracle tells us we must use our God-given authority to ensure justice and righteousness rather than abusing it on personal pleasures.
Ultimately, this oracle of King Lemuel’s mother could be summed up as three warnings against the improper use of authority. I have previously covered the topic of authority in some detail, describing how God gives us authority for the purpose of obeying Him and caring for the people He has entrusted to us. Therefore, if... Continue Reading
Love Your Enemies: Reflections on Luke 6:27-28
In our modern era, Jesus’s words pierce just as deep. “…pray for those who abuse you.”
In light of the cross and everything Jesus would have to endure at the hands of Pontius Pilate and the Jews, this is a profound statement! Jesus “loved His enemies” to the point that He would lay down His life for them while praying “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” That is…mind-blowing! This... Continue Reading
Christians Love Their Enemies with Truth
Keeping the 9th Commandment in the Way of Our Lord
There is a pernicious lie that we tell ourselves that it is okay to be rude toward men and women who have acted poorly toward us. That is the type of action the devil loves. He hopes and prayers for division between the Lord’s people especially. Rather than to allow yourself to be snared in... Continue Reading
Don’t Miss Out (Hebrews 3:1-4:13)
How to Avoid Disobedience
How do we avoid making the same mistakes that they did in Moses’ day and Joshua’s day? Since we’re in danger, what do we do about it? What I love about Hebrews is that the writer doesn’t just give one answer. There’s no single solution to this question. There are a few things that we must... Continue Reading
Work Hard to be Encouraged
The Sermon Is Not A Performance
Hold a high standard for faithful exposition and really value when your pastors faithfully expose God’s word, even when the style may need some polishing. God uses these means to encourage His saints, so may we tune in every time God’s word is opened, ready to be encouraged. What’d you think of that sermon?... Continue Reading
Genesis 4-11: Searching for the Serpent-Crusher
We are searching for the offspring of Eve who will crush the serpent’s head?
We see that grace in chapter 6—God showing favour to Noah and rescuing him and his family. We see that grace in chapter 9 with God’s covenant to preserve creation and never again destroy it with a flood. And we have seen that grace in the promise of the serpent-crusher. What about the serpent-crusher? Keep following the line of... Continue Reading
Paganism and the Wrath of God
Taking Seriously Our Need to Evangelize
Sin is a serious matter. To break the commandments of Jehovah means His wrath will come down upon you. Here we see why it is when we are discussing this question of paganism and how the church is to respond that we take seriously what it is we are doing. This isn’t a philosophical competition... Continue Reading
Unburden Your Soul to God
The biblical view of prayer is taking real problems to a real God, who really does care about our difficulties.
Casting our burdens on the Lord means going to God while we are burdened, with the very things that are causing us to doubt Him, to get discouraged in prayer, to feel weighed down in real life. This is not just optimistically throwing your garbage up into the air, hoping against hope that it won’t just... Continue Reading
What ON EARTH Will Heaven Be Like
Far from being a place of endless boredom and monotonous activity, heaven (i.e., the new Earth) will be a place where we realize together with God the glory of his original intent.
In Luke 19:11-27, stewardship is described as being over “cities.” We shouldn’t be too literal with this, but the fact is that we will have great responsibility. We will have jobs. We have every reason to believe that we will have to be on time to work, have certain job requirements, have a certain skill... Continue Reading
One Unexpected Key to a Joyful Marriage
Simply stop keeping score.
Serve, serve, and serve some more. Act in love even when you don’t feel loved, act with grace even if you don’t feel particularly gracious. Sow extravagant love to the love of your life, and reap the reward of joy. For the path to joy in marriage leads away from you and runs straight to... Continue Reading