Blessed are the Merciful

Blessed are the Merciful  Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.  Matthew 5:7 As with a number of the other Beatitudes, this one seems almost too trivial for serious discussion: that those who show mercy will receive mercy in return. It is another in a long series of illustrations of the law of … Continue reading Blessed are the Merciful

God the Spirit, Part 1

God the Spirit, Part 1 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. John 14:2-26 The three persons of the Trinity … Continue reading God the Spirit, Part 1

Three Faces, One God

Three Faces, One God  Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Deuteronomy 6:4 (NIV) The Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – is a foundational pillar of Christianity, even though the term does not appear in the Bible. Furthermore, if we removed all references … Continue reading Three Faces, One God

The Bridegroom

The Bridegroom He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:29-30 Here is an unexpected face of God: the bridegroom. In its context, … Continue reading The Bridegroom

How Did I Miss That? Part 22: Unity ≠ Uniformity

How Did I Miss That? Part 22: Unity ≠ Uniformity  The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one. I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 22: Unity ≠ Uniformity

How Did I Miss That? Part 5: Sin is Separation

How Did I Miss That? Part 5: Sin is Separation My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 5: Sin is Separation

Love Does Not Rejoice in Wrongdoing

Love Does Not Rejoice in Wrongdoing Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing… 1 Corinthians 13:4-6a The last of the unloving traits listed by Paul is … Continue reading Love Does Not Rejoice in Wrongdoing