Hymnnotes: An Evening Prayer.

December 8, 2014. As another installment in my running, though intermittent, hymnnote series, today I would like to comment on the hymn entitled “An Evening Prayer.” This title is quite fitting, though these words never appear in the text, for it is a humble prayer to the Lord asking for forgiveness of the foolish sins…

Have you denied Christ?

October 23, 2014. “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you…

Have you become a slave?

October 17, 2014. Perhaps one of the most sobering warnings that is presented in the New Testament comes from Peter’s second epistle addressed to those of faith. Over the past month or so, I have gained more of an appreciation of this epistle than I have in times past. Before, I suppose I focused more…

Don’t give up.

October 1, 2014. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18) Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. No matter how bad things seem, no matter how lost you feel. Don’t give up. There will be times of…

4 things to remember when you fall.

September 16, 2014. Often when we are walking along our spiritual journey, we will come to very low points. Sometimes these lows occur right after a high point where it almost feels like a crash. I honestly don’t know which one feels better, consistent struggle against a temptation or going for a long period of…

To sin is to be human.

June 12, 2014. “Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual, but…

The grace of God.

April 2, 2014. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no…

The war inside.

March 12, 2014. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of…

Grace.

March 9, 2014. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character…

At your mercy.

March 1, 2014. O Lord, we are at your mercy, forego our missteps, for we fall constantly. What is it of man, that you deal so kindly? O wretched creatures we are! Prone to wander, Lord I feel it! Who can save? Who can save? O Lord, we are at your mercy, forego our missteps,…

No balm in Gilead, part two.

February 23, 2014. This is a continuation of yesterday’s post about the section of prophecy that Jeremiah preaches to the people of Judah, recorded in chapter’s 7-10 of the book that bares his name. I would encourage you to read that post first to get the background to today’s post. “So you shall speak all…

No balm in Gilead.

February 22, 2014. Today I am attending Challenge Youth Conference as a recruiter for the CSC on UTC‘s campus. I was able to sit in on part of a lesson given this morning where the speaker was going over a section in Jeremiah. I liked this section so much, I decided to do today’s post…