The same God, Old and New.

December 29, 2014. Sometimes when we look at the allegedly striking differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament we can almost get two different pictures of God. We see His character in the Old Testament and usually focus on His righteous and wrathful side and then we flip over to the New Testament…

There is none, no not one.

December 22, 2014. “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,     there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,     to see if there are any who understand,     who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;     there is none…

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…

“God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

November 14, 2014. “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or…

Psalm of a contrite heart.

October 24, 2014. When I look high into the night sky, and wonder why time passes by, or why I rely on man’s own eye- To fix the damage that I did. I see my pride to say that I, could fight my battles, with deafening lie, should I alone myself stand by, Forgetting the reason…

The one way you could earn your salvation.

September 21, 2014. *See note at bottom after you read. Do I have your attention? Are you intrigued, or infuriated? Why is it that we teach that no man can earn their salvation? Is this a biblical concept, a rational concept, or just something that we have all together accepted? You see, if salvation were…

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…

Three types of forgiveness.

June 21, 2014. “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) Amen. Let’s take a little bit of time to explore forgiveness. It is a topic that is…

Why is it, Lord?

May 24, 2014. Lord God above all that ever is, Praise and honor are due you. To him who sits on the throne of heaven, Let all creation praise as is due. Why is it, Lord, why is it so? We are unworthy to call your name. Why is it, Lord, why is it so?…

There ain’t no rest for the wicked; or is there?

May 13, 2014. Have you ever wondered why revenge is a bad thing? Instead of just accepting it as a sin, have you thought about the meaning behind it? I suppose we could do well to do this for many sins, as we might better understand the character of God in this manner. The Almighty…

Confession.

April 11, 2014. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16) The book of James has so much to offer. I have been going through it as a bible study with a couple…

Isaiah’s conclusion.

April 6, 2014. “I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;     I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,”     to a nation that was not called by my name. I spread out my hands all the day     to…