Posts from 2018

Posts from 2018

Matt. 18 | God Of The ONE

One of the difficulties that Christians may have as they struggle to understand their relationship with God is the personal aspect of God’s salvation. I have had conversations with people struggling to believe in God’s plan of salvation for mankind where their hang-up was not that God wouldn’t go to great lengths for the majority of mankind, but rather that they were included in that group. They did not understand the personal nature of God. Jesus opens our minds to…

Hebrews 11 | The Hall of Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1 This year, Protestants around the world celebrated the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. Many of you may have read posts on social media quoting the five Solas that well summarize the work of Christ to redeems us. One of the five Solas is ‘Sola Fide’, in faith alone. It’s only by ‘faith alone’ (the object of our faith is Jesus Christ) that…

2 Thessalonians 3 | The Lost Art of Church Discipline

“If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother” II Thessalonians, 3:14-15  Paul’s instructions at the end of the Thessalonians epistles stands out as strange in light of today’s modern church experience. Most of us have never been in a church where this was even taught, let alone…

Col. 2 | Ritual or Reality?

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17 This letter opposed…

II Cor. 3 | Glory to Glory… Shine On!

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18  When I was around 11 years old, it seemed all my friends had new bicycles. Not only were they new, but they were also 10…

1 Cor. 10 | Written For Our Learning

“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.” I Cor. 10:11 All of the instruction Paul gives to the church at Corinth in this chapter is taken from the Old Testament. Drawing from its rich history, he makes parallels between the story of the Exodus and the subsequent wilderness wanderings and the Christian life. Paul is indeed right to do so for…

1 Corinthians 1 | Good Gifts Gone Sour?

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,  even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is…

Romans 12 | Renewing (Not Removing) of Your Mind

Soon after my powerful conversion in 1971, I joined my first church in Miami Beach, Florida. I was glad for the passionate preaching and Spirit-filled worship I experienced each week in our weekly gatherings. The presence of God in that church made me look forward each week to come and gather with the saints. But in those days I thought that Romans 12:2 actually read, “be transformed by the removing of your minds” rather than the “renewing of your minds.”…

Romans 9 | Objects of God’s Choosing

“What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called.” Romans 9: 22-24  I suppose I got what I deserved. It was summer vacation. I was in my last year of high school and walking the boardwalk at…

Romans 7 | Dead And Loving It!

Red light cameras. You know, I don’t really mean to run through the red light. However, the intersection is so large, and the yellow light is so short! The end result—click. There is the ticket in the mail. Surely this is the highest form of injustice, that someone (or something) is watching me, making sure I keep the written laws of my society. But honestly, I am glad we have traffic lights. My commute to work would be much more…
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