Initiated into Excellence and Failure

“I also know how to be humbled and I know how to excel. In anything and in everything I have been initiated. Either food or hunger, excellence or failure, I can do all things in the one who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12-13) I expect that it is a fair statement to say that Philippians 4:13… Read More

The Challenge of Application

“Nothing from selfish ambition — nothing from vanity — but in humility, think of others as more significant than yourself.” (Philippians 2:3) There you have it, loved ones, the heart of this section of Philippians and the core principle behind living out the Christian life. As a pastor, it is my conviction that if professing… 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

Bowed Low in Worship

“The man bowed low and worshipped Yahweh.” (Genesis 24:26)   The right and appropriate response of one who has seen God’s hand at work in his life is worship. Can one say much more than that other than that we are woefully deficient in our response? How often our focus is merely to say “thanks”… Read More

Horses, Power, and a Good Salesman

The term “horsepower” is one that is commonly used in our culture to refer to the power of one engine in comparison to another, but many are not familiar with the history of the term or the way in which it was originally decided upon. Essentially horsepower is a measurement of the amount of work… Read More

Fearing Retribution: Genesis 20:8

“And Abimelek went early in the morning and called to all of his servants and he spoke of all the these things in their ears. The men were very afraid.” (Genesis 20:8)   Abimelek is appropriately afraid of the threat that is given and rushes to tell his servants what has taken place during the… Read More