Our Substitute

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!” (Ephesians 2:4–5) I read a story recently of an ancient nomadic tribe in the great expanse of Siberia. The tribe had […]

A Simple Prayer of Surrender (Rev 9:20-21)

Mankind’s problem with God is not primarily a matter of understanding but of control. We all understand more than we obey. It’s not that we don’t know God’s ways – It’s that we prefer our own.

Don’t Be Swept Away with the Scoffers Around You (2 Peter 3:3-18)

Whenever the Scripture says “Above all…”, my spiritual ears perk up and my physical eyes focus in on the words that follow. As Peter prepares us to live in these “last days … as you wait for the day of God,” he introduces his final teaching with that phrase…

Fear of Judgment?

 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.“ (1 John 4:18, NIV) When I was a kid, I was a bit leery of Jesus’ return.  I know that sounds weird, because Jesus is anything […]

Pearls Before Swine

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you…Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their […]

God and the Fairness Doctrine

“Lord, you always give me justice when I bring a case before you. So let me bring you this complaint: Why are the wicked so prosperous? Why are evil people so happy?“ (Jeremiah 12:1, NLT)  Did your daddy tell you growing up that life isn’t fair?  Mine did.  He always said it as kind of […]

Ignorance is bliss

Acts 17:30-31 (NIV) 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the […]