A Demanding God After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt sacrifice on one of the mountains that I shall … Continue reading A Demanding God
How Did I Miss That? Part 19: Worshiping ≠ Following
How Did I Miss That? Part 19: Worshiping ≠ Following Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there my servant will be also. John 12:26 Twenty-one times in the four Gospels, Jesus says, “Follow me.” Clearly, Jesus sought for followers. In order to follow, we must commit to two types of action, … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 19: Worshiping ≠ Following
Weightier Matters Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Matthew … Continue reading Weightier Matters
An Allegorical Christmas, Part 3
An Allegorical Christmas, Part 3 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 “Big things come in small packages,” we sometimes say. Regarding the Christmas season, we are often referring … Continue reading An Allegorical Christmas, Part 3
Where are You?
Where Are You? They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, … Continue reading Where are You?
A Disturbing Intruder
A Disturbing Intruder What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and … Continue reading A Disturbing Intruder
Christian Values: Peace
Christian Values: Peace Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 The importance of peace in Christianity can hardly be overstated. Of the many desirable characteristics the Bible encourages, only three are referenced more frequently, according to research done by Ben MacConnell on Christian values. In both the Old … Continue reading Christian Values: Peace
Christian Values For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight, for gaining instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity; to teach shrewdness to the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young – let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill, to understand a proverb and … Continue reading Christian Values
Poor Stewardship Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep. You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, … Continue reading Poor Stewardship
Obedient Service Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? Romans 6:16 Faith without works is not faith at all, but a simple lack of obedience … Continue reading Obedient Service