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July 7, 2019

NAHUM: Understanding God’s Judgment

NAHUM: Understanding God’s Judgment

Jesus took God’s judgment on the cross. All our wicked and vile sins were nailed there with Him. He alone is our Savior. Nahum’s words to Nineveh serve as a warning for us, driving us to the cross of Jesus. For there we see God’s perfect combination of love and justice. God poured out God’s […]

January 13, 2019

God Didn’t Say That!

In our darkest places, we discover that God is our support, and what God says through the prophet Isaiah is true: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. … Do not fear, for I am with you” (vv. 2, 5). Our Lord helps us in difficult times not because we have […]

July 30, 2017

Affirm God’s Grace- Part 2

Affirm God's Grace- Part 2

The more you see of God’s grace, the more marvelous and mysterious it will seem to you. As you are taken up with the wonder of His redeeming love in your life, you will discover a growing joy in your heart and a deepening desire to pursue a God-centered life. Grasping a compelling, biblical vision […]

July 23, 2017

Affirm God’s Grace- Part 1

Affirm God's Grace- Part 1

When we grasp this biblical teaching about the effects of sin of the human soul, it becomes obvious that grace must involve more than God passively providing the way of salvation. Grace must be about God stepping into and intervening in the lives of individuals to save them. By grace, God opens the door to […]

March 19, 2017

Pardons Unlimited

Pardons Unlimited

Given our tendency as human beings to wander astray from the will of God, it’s obvious that God has issued more pardons than all of our U.S. presidents combined!  Some will argue that this president or that president is a soft touch. Yet, it is God who is the ultimate Soft Touch. Come to God […]

December 24, 2016

The Best Gift

The Best Gift

God’s gift is a message. On Christmas Eve, it’s easy to think about the kind of gifts we want to receive in the morning. Sure, there will probably be some clunkers in the mix, maybe even that bacon wallet. These are the gifts about which we can laugh for years. Most of them will be […]

November 27, 2016

The Terror of Advent

Let’s remind ourselves that, on the church calendar, Advent is not just a prelude to the celebration of Jesus’ birth in a Bethlehem manger. Advent is also a time to think more broadly about God’s coming (“advent” means “coming”) not only in the past, when Jesus was born, but also in the future, when he comes […]

May 29, 2016

Fire Mission

Fire Mission

When U.S. troops are in need of fire to rain down from the sky via artillery or an airstrike, they call for a “fire mission.” Elijah’s call for a heavenly fire mission results in the ultimate pyromaniac fantasy. The altar, the stones, the wood, the bull and even the water are vaporized with a fire […]

July 5, 2015

Coming Clean

Coming Clean

To “come clean” is another way of saying to “fess up,” or to tell all. Coming clean is a way of taking ownership or responsibility for one’s misdeeds. One hopes that there are not too many times when it is necessary to “come clean.” Why live in such a way in which you’re always having […]

June 21, 2015

By Reason of Insanity

By Reason of Insanity

Although the insanity defense gets a lot of publicity, it is relatively rare as a legal strategy. Yet it remains a popular and polarizing piece of legal lore. And why not? It raises some fascinating questions: Can someone be held accountable for doing something bad if his or her mind is clouded with insanity? And besides […]

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