Live for Christ and Him Alone!

“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) “In the event of my death, celebrate.” You know, as a pastor, I spend a lot of time with people who are sick and dying and very rarely do I come across a person who is genuinely excited about their impending death…especially… Read More

No Basis for a Charge…

“And Pilate said to the chief priests and to the crowds, ‘I find no basis for a charge in this man.’” (Luke 23:4) As I read this, I can almost envision Pilate in his frustration kind of thinking to himself, “What now? Here I am, woken up early, trying to get some breakfast, and I… Read More

A Debt of Love I Owe…

“But when he said this, one of the subordinates who was standing there gave a blow to Jesus saying, ‘Is this how you answer the High Priest?’” (John 18:23)   Again, many of our English translations like to render this word as “officer” when it comes to the one who slapped Jesus, giving the impression… Read More

Reu the Companion in Death

“And it came to pass that Peleg was thirty years old and he begat Reu. And after he begat Reu, Peleg lived two-hundred and nine years. And he begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:18-19)   Here we find the first real indications that the effect of the Fall upon our lifespan is progressive, for Peleg’s… Read More

Not Withholding our Lives

“And the Angel of Yahweh called to Abraham — a second time from heaven. And he said, ‘In myself I swear, utters Yahweh; because of this thing that you have done in not sparing your son, your only one, I will surely bless you and your seed will surely be great as the stars of… Read More

Is the Bible Inerrant?

One of the things we talk a lot about in church circles is the authority of scripture—that it is given by God and is designed to instruct us in every area of life.  One of the terms that we use when we speak of why the scriptures are authoritative is the term “inerrant.”  But I… Read More

Works of Men and Works of God: Zechariah 1:1-6

“Your fathers, where are they?  And the prophets, do they live forever?  But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers?”  -Zechariah 1:5-6a, ESV   What a contrast that is set before us by the prophet.  All of the works of man will eventually fade,… Read More

Reminders (1 Corinthians 15:1)

 “Now I reveal to you, brothers, the gospel which I preached to you, and which you received, and in which you have stood,”  (1 Corinthians 15:1)   As Paul is bringing this letter to a close, he closes by putting before the Corinthian church both the hope that they have (resurrection) and the reason for… Read More

Teaching Rebels God’s Ways: Psalm 51 (part 14)

“I will teach rebels your ways, and sinners will return to you.” (Psalm 51:15 {Psalm 51:13 in English Bibles})   What then should be the outward response of the believer to the forgiveness of God?   While praise is usually the first thing that comes to mind—and it is an essential response, and part of David’s… Read More