Meditations Through Job

Job is not, contrary to popular opinion, about why bad things happen to good people. It is about a sovereign God and the struggle to be faithful in the most difficult of circumstances. If you search for answers to the first question, you will hunt in vain and walk away frustrated by the book. If... Continue Reading →

He Knows Your Name

“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3b This really is an incredible thing. It is not incredible that your parents or siblings know your name. It is not surprising that your friends and coworkers know your name. But the God who is greater... Continue Reading →

“I don’t need your approval.”

John 5:41-42, 44 NLT “Your approval means nothing to me, because I know you don’t have God’s love within you...No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.” In John chapter 5 we learn that the Jewish... Continue Reading →

“He must increase, and I must decrease.”

“He must increase, and I must decrease.” John the Baptist John the Baptist was once asked what he thought about Jesus baptizing and attracting crowds. That was John’s ministry, and now this new guy was doing the same thing, drawing people away. When his disciples and some Jews brought him that question, he explained who... Continue Reading →

Christian Love and its Fruits

Jonathan Edwards on self-love, selfishness, and Christian Charity (love): “Sin, like some powerful astringent, contracted his soul to the very small dimensions of selfishness; and God was forsaken, and fellow-creatures forsaken, and man retired within himself, and became totally governed by narrow and selfish principles and feelings. Self-love became absolute master of his soul, and... Continue Reading →

Prophets or Mirrors

“The wind shall shepherd your shepherds…” Jeremiah 22:22 Jeremiah’s calling was not easy. Babylon was knocking on the door and God’s people were astray. God sent Jeremiah to speak his word to his people, pleading with them to return. God promises several times that if they return to him, worship him alone, and do justice... Continue Reading →

Crisis and Renewal

When our church went through our series on Renewal, one of the principles we spent time on was: Our reaction to crisis will determine whether we find Renewal. Often, genuine spiritual renewal is the result of some kind of crisis. Sometimes is it large-scale cultural upheaval, sometimes it is a radical change of regional circumstances,... Continue Reading →

Psalm 22 and Fear of the Virus

During the COVID-19 pandemic I have been brought back to some of David’s Psalms, specifically his laments. During our church’s mid-week Bible study, we have been going through David’s life, sometimes with a fine-toothed comb, and I have been left a little overwhelmed with the completely human, yet shockingly faithful character of the human king... Continue Reading →

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