Repentance and Revival

“And all of Midian and the Amalekites and the Sons of the East gathered together. And they passed over and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel. But the Spirit of Yahweh covered Gideon and he blew the shophar and the Fathers of the Ezrites were called out to him. And messengers were sent to all… Read More

Help Us Repent and Love You in Deed

“And so the nose of Yahweh burned toward Israel and he sold them into the hand of Cushan Rishathayim, king of Aram Naharayim. And the Sons of Israel served Cushan Rishathayim for eight years. The Sons of Israel cried out to Yahweh and Yahweh raised up a deliverer for Israel who delivered them — Othniel,… Read More

The Pastor’s Heart

“But even if I am made a drink offering over the sacrifice and worship of your faith, I rejoice — also, I rejoice with all of you!” (Philippians 2:17) Here, in Paul, we find the heart of a true pastor. His heart is laid forth that even if his very life is poured out from… Read More

Hope or Despair; Life or Death

“Then, when Judas, his betrayer, saw that he was condemned, he had second thoughts and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ But they said, ‘What is that to us? Look to yourself.’” (Matthew 27:3-4)   In the flow of things, this… Read More

That’s What You Said…

“Jesus said to him, ‘That’s what you say. Nevertheless, I tell you from now on you will witness the Son of Man seated at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.’” (Matthew 26:64)   “But Jesus said, ‘I am. and you will see the Son of Man seated on the… Read More

Am I Missing Something?

Normally I try and stay out of the fray when it comes to the frenzy around popular scandals and sensationalistic stories. Maybe I should make more social commentaries than I do, but guess that I would rather immerse myself more deeply in God’s word and trust people to have a little common sense that can… Read More

Ego Deficiam

“I will fail them.” The early church fathers reflected on the relationships between pastors, the world, satan, and the church flock and developed a series of statements that described each relationship. The first of these statements was that of the pastor with regard to his people: Ego Deficiam (I will fail). At first, our response… Read More

No Pleasure in Sacrifice: Psalm 51 (Part 17)

“For you do not take pleasure in sacrifice—I would give it— with whole burnt offerings you will not accept with pleasure.” (Psalm 51:18 {Psalm 51:16 in English Bibles})   Passages like this one have often caused people to stumble because of the many sacrifices that God required of the people in the ancient times—sacrifices that… Read More

Let Me Hear Jubilation and Joy: Psalm 51 (part 9)

“Let me hear jubilation and joy, Let the bones that you have crushed rejoice!” (Psalm 51:10 {Psalm 51:8 in English Bibles})   Just as forgiveness can only come from the Lord, so too does restoration.  True joy cannot be had apart from God, because true joy is something that can only be experienced in relationship… Read More