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

Rules of Forgiveness

Rules of Forgiveness As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything … Continue reading Rules of Forgiveness

Owning Our Sin

Owning Our Sin Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. –Psalm 32:5 I do not like to be reminded of my sinful nature. I fear that by acknowledging my sin … Continue reading Owning Our Sin

Finding Grace in an Imperfect World

Finding Grace in an Imperfect World Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. –Hebrews 4:16 “We live in an imperfect world. Movies, television shows, and novels inspire high expectations for life, but reality seldom flows like a … Continue reading Finding Grace in an Imperfect World

False Witness

False Witness You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16  Witnesses in Old Testament days, as now, were vitally important. The Jewish Law reads, “A single witness shall not suffice to convict a person of any crime or wrongdoing in connection with any offense that may be committed. Only on the evidence … Continue reading False Witness