Agony

“Trembling seized them; labor pains like giving birth.” (Psalm 48:7 {verse 6 in English}) In our society today, how rarely we take seriously the idea of being under God’s judgment. We make jokes about it, there are movies that celebrate it, and people write books suggesting that if anything, Hell would be more fun than… Read More

Colonists Away from the Homeland

“But our country exists in heaven, from which we also eagerly await a Savior — the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 3:20) While many of our English translations will render this, “our citizenship is in heaven,” to do so requires a degree of inference. Literally, Paul writes that “our country” or “our homeland” is in heaven.… Read More

Garments of True Splendor

“And the chief priests and the scribes stood there and made impassioned accusations against him.  And Herod, along with his soldiers, were showing him contempt and mockingly clothed him in shining garments and sent him back to Pilate.” (Luke 23:10-11)   And the mocking continues as Jesus refuses to perform the feats that Herod had… Read More

A Little Taste of the Promise

“Afterwards, Abraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field of Makpelah toward Mamre (which is Hebron), in the land of Canaan. The field and the cave which is in it were given up to Abraham as a possession for a grave from the Sons of Cheth.” (Genesis 23:19-20)   And with dignity… Read More

The Laughter of the Saints

“And Sarah said, ‘Laughter, God brings to me; all the ones who hear will laugh with me.’” (Genesis 21:6)   The emphasis that is placed here is on the laughter. Usually, this word refers to the way we might mock someone by laughing and jeering at him, but in this context a very different sentiment… Read More

Our God in Heaven (Psalm 115:2-3)

“Why should the nations say, ‘Now, where is their God?’ Our God is in the heavens— All that he delights in, he does.” (Psalm 115:2-3)               Indeed, those who have made gods to worship out of gold and silver do look at us and ask us how we can worship a God that we… Read More