There is no place for hollow, pie crust followers of Christ.
Paul’s Radical Greeting to the Philippians
Paul equated Jesus with God in all his epistles, usually in the greeting. When you consider that Paul learned at the feet of Gamaliel, one of the greatest rabbis in Jewish history and that Paul (then Saul) was trained to be a Pharisee, an elite sect of the Jewish religion of the time, equating Jesus … Continue reading Paul’s Radical Greeting to the Philippians
Walking in Daddy’s shoes
Yesterday my wife and I opened a checking and savings account at a local bank. To mark those accounts as ours, we both had to show proof of ID, proof of residence and we both had to sign and date several stacks of paper that basically declared who we were and that we were staking … Continue reading Walking in Daddy’s shoes
Moving on means leaving some things behind.
I remember reading or hearing somewhere that if a person is in an urgent situation where they have to evacuate quickly and they have time to rescue one thing (other than loved ones), they typically go for the thing they value most. I remember seeing this played out once. Jane and I were enjoying a … Continue reading Moving on means leaving some things behind.
What a difference Christ makes!
When I read John’s encounter with the Lord in Revelation, it reminds me of Isaiah’s vision of God in the temple in Isaiah chapter 6. There are parallels but there are significant differences as well, and those differences are important for us as believers. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as … Continue reading What a difference Christ makes!
What most impresses God
Being part of the Levitical priesthood had stringent requirements. Like the animals they sacrificed, the Levitical priests had to be perfect physical specimens (See Leviticus 21). After a certain age a priest was not even allowed to participate in some aspects of worship. Why so stringent? Because the priests and the animals they sacrificed were … Continue reading What most impresses God
If only there were more like them!
When Moses said these words, he was at a crisis point in his ministry (one of many). The people were complaining. They wanted meat and not just the manna God was providing. Moses was overwhelmed and he told the LORD as much: Numbers 11:13-15 (ESV)(13) Where am I to get meat to give to all … Continue reading If only there were more like them!
No matter what else happens, I will always have God.
Let’s be honest: some things are easier said than done. In our heads we know we’re supposed to rejoice in the Lord, but sometimes it’s really hard to get our hearts to come along. Paul wrote Philippians from prison and the key word in that entire letter is “rejoice.” I don’t know about you, but … Continue reading No matter what else happens, I will always have God.
Isn’t it obvious?
Their question identified their problem: unbelief. Jesus said as much: “I told you [Who I was], and ye believed not.” He had even given them ample proof: “the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me” (John 10:25). The problem these naysayers had was not lack of evidence. It was … Continue reading Isn’t it obvious?
Down to the Last Detail
God is faithful to us down to the last detail.