Some people think, even believe, that their situation is so unique and different that God is okay with their sinful lifestyle.
They are slaves to porn but they go to church (or, on ZOOM) and teach others about God. And some people respond to their message saying, “Oh my! The Holy Spirit is using you mightily! When you preach, I got healed from my sickness!” Continue reading Beyond Remedy
Some passages of the Bible are so straightforward and clear that they need no explanations.
From all kinds of such passages, this one stands out first for me: Continue reading The Voice of God
How Transient I Am
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“Lord, make me to know my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how transient I am. “Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.
“Surely every man walks about as a phantom;
Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.” Psalm 39:4-6 ///
“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high! May He send you help from the sanctuary And support you from Zion! May He remember all your meal offerings And find your burnt offering acceptable! Selah. May He grant you your heart’s desire And fulfill all your counsel! We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.” Psalm 20:1-5 NASB ///
“Then I will be blameless”
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“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” ///
If you are in Christ, you are free from the power of sin. Continue reading We Have Escaped
A good friend of mine, Pastor Abby Emeshaw, forwarded this flyer to me this morning; their annual retreat program.
Continue reading Rethinking Faith & Politics
Whenever I pray, I bring up some of these passages from the Bible to my memory:-
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11 NASB
Continue reading My Loudest Knock