If you are there, God…

“On this very day I came to the spring and I said, ‘Yahweh, God of my lord, Abraham, if you are there, please bring success to my way upon which I have walked.” (Genesis 24:42)   Many of our modern English translations will render the phrase of Eliezer: “if you will prosper my way…” yet… Read More

Laban or Abraham; Managers or Leaders?

“And Rebekah had a brother and his name was Laban. Laban ran to the man which was standing by the spring. Thus it was when he saw the nose-ring and the bracelets over the hands of his sister and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister saying, “This is what the man said… Read More

God is Truth

“And he said, ‘Blessed be Yahweh the God of my lord Abraham who has not forsaken his covenant faithfulness or his truth from over my lord. As for me, Yahweh has led me to the household of my lord’s brother.’” (Genesis 24:27)   Recently I was speaking with a Christian man who had become convicted… Read More

Swearing

“So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his lord and he swore to him on these matters.” (Genesis 24:9)   Isn’t it interesting how there seems to be such a different emphasis in the Old and the New Testaments when it comes to swearing an oath. Here we find Abraham requesting… Read More

Transformation

“You love evil over good; A lie over speaking righteousness. Selah!” (Psalm 52:5 {verse 3 in English Translations})   Selah! Indeed, Selah! We arrive at the first stanza break and we begin to ready ourselves for the affirmation that God’s name will be vindicated; David is moving from despair over what has taken place to… Read More

The Desires of our Heart

“Take pleasure in Yahweh; And He will give to you the petitions of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)   Recently, I my wife was listening to a popular Christian radio station in our area and I heard, during one of the breaks between songs, a commentator saying, “God wants to give you your heart’s desires…” Ultimately… Read More

The Seed and the Gates of Hell

“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

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

Swearing an Oath

“And Abraham said, ‘I swear.’” (Genesis 21:24)   My mother always told me that it wasn’t nice to swear… Of course, she was talking about something a little different than what Abraham is doing at the moment. In this case, Abraham is taking an oath and promising an alliance between himself and Abimelek. Yet, doesn’t… Read More

The Sleep of the Beloved

  “It is vain for you to get up early and go late to your dwelling, Eating the bread of toil; For he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)   It may be granted up front that there is some discussion as to how to interpret the last line of this verse. Commonly it… Read More

Do We Need a Polygraph in Church?

  I suppose that all of us have seen the movies or read the pulp stories where the evil villain captures the hero and forces him to reveal some sort of important information by strapping him into a chair and hooking him up to a lie-detector machine of some sort. How the hero would sweat… Read More

Serving Two Masters

“No one has the power to serve two Lords; for either the one he will hate and the other he will love or he will hold firmly to one and hold the other in contempt. You are not able to serve God and Mammon.” (Matthew 6:24) Recently I read an article that cited a statement… Read More

The Conversation

“Some weather we’ve been having, isn’t it?” “Did you see the game last night?” “Did you read the paper this morning, with crime going up and unemployment going up, what is this world coming to?” “Did you hear what those democrats did?” Conversations, we all have them every day and usually they are had around… Read More

What is Truth?

“Sanctify them in the Truth; Your Word is Truth.” (John 17:17) “Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’  And saying this, he again went outside to the Jews and said to them, ‘I do not find any ground for a complaint with him.’” (John 18:38) “Your righteousness is righteous forever! And your law is truth.”… 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

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

The Reflection of God’s Image: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 9)

and the exact image of his essence…   The early church fathers faced a lot of challenges as they sought to defend believers from heretical teachings and to define the boundaries of what may be described as “orthodox” Christian theology.  Probably the two most important areas in which they were required to work was in… Read More

You Delight in Truth: Psalm 51 (part 7)

“Behold, truth you delight of in the inward parts and in hidden places it is wisdom you teach me.” (Psalm 51:8 {Psalm 51:6 in English Bibles})   Indeed, our God is truth and anything that is found that is apart from God has no truth in it.  The secular world may put things forward as… Read More

No One Comes To the Father, But Through Me: John 14:6

“no one comes to the Father if not through me.”               Jesus begins and ends this passage by focusing on himself.  Friends, salvation can be found in no other person or path.  It cannot be found in philosophy, in science, in achievements, in wealth, in family, in humanism, in Buddha, in Mohammed, or in… Read More

No One Comes to the Father: John 14:6

“no one comes to the father”               Do you see how the Trinity is at work in redemptive history?  We offended God by our sin and our rejection of his law.  Yet, rather than leave us to our deserved fate, God chose to work in our lives to redeem a people for himself.  God… Read More

No One: John 14:6

“no one”               Jesus has moved from making a positive statement of the truth to a negative one.  First he says, “Yes, I am the way…” and now he is saying, “No, there is no other way.”  In this way, Jesus makes sure that we understand the exclusivity of the Christian faith.  There is… Read More

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth and the life”               Not only is Jesus the true way and the truth within the world, but he is the life.  There is no life apart from life in Christ.  Though some people may think that they can find life in this world; they look for… Read More

I am the Way and the Truth: John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth”               Once again, we find Jesus using a definite article before the word truth.  Not only is Jesus the only way that leads to life eternal with the Father, but he is the only truth that we have access to in this world.  Think about that for… Read More

I am the Way: John 14:6

“I am the way”               It is important that you read this statement very closely, because many people in our culture do not understand the language that Jesus is using.  He says, “I am THE way,” he does not say, “I am A way.”  Our culture seems to think that it does not matter… Read More