A Merciful God

A Merciful God  Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2 If there were a Golden Boy in the Bible – the high school jock blessed with athletic ability, … Continue reading A Merciful God

How Did I Miss That? Part 21: Sin is its own Punishment

How Did I Miss That? Part 21: Sin is its own Punishment  Do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you. John 5:14c In my opinion, there are a number of misconceptions about sin. First and foremost is that sin is offensive to God. We are created in the image of God, and … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 21: Sin is its own Punishment

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

The Greatest is Love

The Greatest is Love And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three, and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 To abide means to continue, to remain, to stay. It elicits images of stability and permanence. Therefore, when Paul says “faith, hope, and love abide,” he separates these qualities apart as uniquely … Continue reading The Greatest is Love