Reforming the Culture a Temporary Thing

“What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is receding cannot be ordered.” (Ecclesiastes 1:15) When my wife and I first got married, our first house was what people call a “fixer-upper.” It was a home originally built in 1905 and while being structurally sound, it needed a lot of repairs and renovations. And, in many… Read More

Pursuing Virtue is a Virtue

“The last thing, brothers, is that whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is upright, whatever is holy, whatever is lovely, whatever is praiseworthy, if there is virtue and if there is praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Virtue is again one of these words we don’t hear a lot in our modern, western… Read More

Selfless Living

“Therefore I urgently send him in order that you might rejoice in seeing him again and also that I might be free from anxiety.” (Philippians 2:28) Now that Epaphroditus has recovered, it is Paul’s desire to return him home…not because Paul no longer wishes this man to minister to him in prison, but because it… Read More

In What Will You Rejoice?

“What then? But that in every manner, either with a pretext or in truth, Christ is being declared and in this I rejoice…but rather, I rejoice!” (Philippians 1:18) Here you go…this is the mindset that we are talking about…here is a man who is focused on the goal above all else…he is focused on Christ… Read More

Pursuing the Gospel, not Self

“Now, I want you to know, brothers, that which has happened to me is rather for the advancement of the Gospel;” (Philippians 1:12) Paul’s focus here and always is on the advancement of the Gospel. He is willing to suffer anything and lose everything, and still call it good, so long as the Gospel goes… Read More

Having Been Filled

“having been filled with the fruit of righteousness because of Jesus Christ to the glory and honor of God.” “Having been filled…” Notice the language that this verse begins with. We do not “fill” ourselves but we are filled. It is God’s work in us from the beginning to the end. We take no credit,… Read More

Honesty, Humility, and Grace

“And he went out and wept bitterly.” (Luke 22:62)   Though it has already been mentioned, Peter’s reaction to his sin is worth dwelling on for a moment longer. How great the contrast is between Peter and Judas. Both committed great sins against their master and both grieved deeply as a result of their sins.… Read More

Details, Details, and More Details

“After a bit, those who were standing around went up to Peter and said, ‘Truly, you are also from them; your speech makes it evident.’” (Matthew 26:73)   “But again he disowned him. But in a short while, again those present said to Peter, ‘Truly, you are from them because you are Galilean.’” (Mark 14:70)… Read More

Hope in the Name of God

“I will praise you forever, because of your work; I will hope in your name, because it is good in the presence of your saints.” (Psalm 52:11 [verse 9 in English translations])   And here, David, in the midst of the grief and sorrow of loss turns his heart to praise. What a remarkable statement… Read More

We have a Stronghold in the God of Jacob

“Yaheweh Tsabaoth is with us; A high stronghold for us is the God of Jacob. Selah!” (Psalm 46:8 {verse 7 in English})   What a wonderful statement the psalmist makes. This is the kind of statement that ought to be set in stone on our patios and stenciled on our walls. It should be the… Read More

Why Do You Despair (reprise)

“Why do you despair, my soul? And why do you groan? In regards to me you must hope in God, Because again I will confess him— Salvation is before me by my God.” (Psalm 42:12 [verse 11 in English translations])   Once again we find the psalmist echoing the words of his soul’s despair. The… Read More

Why Do You Despair, Oh My Soul?

“Why do you despair, my soul, and groan? In Regards to me, you must hope on God, for again I will confess him— Salvation is before him.” (Psalm 42:6 [verse 5 in English translations])   What is your attitude when things start going bad and our plans fall apart? Is your first response to groan… Read More

A Christian Hierarchy of Values

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, argued that there was a hierarchy of values in terms of what was worthwhile for individuals and society to pursue.  For Aristotle, the highest value was the knowledge of truth for its own sake.  Of course, Aristotle was an Empiricist, which means that his real interest in “Truth” has to do… Read More

And He was Raised! (1 Corinthians 15:4)

“and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day, according to the scriptures,”  (1 Corinthians 15:4)   There should be no sweeter words in the Christian’s ears than, “and he was raised…”  For it is the raising of Christ that assures our hope.  Had Jesus not risen, there would be… Read More

Found in Christ

“When Christ should be revealed—who is your life—then, also you will be revealed in glory.”  (Colossians 3:4)   Beloved, not only is our life, that is our true life, tied to Christ, but the glory that we will one day experience is tied to Christ as well.  Everything we are and everything we do is… Read More

Jesus Paid it All–All to Him I Owe…

“And you, being dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive together with him, forgiving us all trespasses.” (Colossians 2:13)   “And yet God demonstrates his own agape love to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 )   We who have nothing… Read More