Faith blog

CHRIST'S SELF-SACRIFICE
October 27th, 2020
How can Christ’s self-sacrifice bring about our redemption? The key is in vs. 13: because of who He is. If He were not our “great God and Savior” then he could not have mollified the wrath of God the Father over our sin—so reasoned Athanasius in his dispute with Arius over the coeternality of the Son. One who is of the very nature as the One offended by human sin is required for true justice to be...
GENUINE FAITH
October 24th, 2020
2 Timothy is the last letter we know of that was written by Paul and it is a personal letter to a fellow servant of the Lord, Timothy. I think the age difference is that of father to son but in Christ they are on the same page and there was a close and emotional bond. In 1 Corinthians 3 and 4 we see them working together. Paul was the wise master builder and from 1 Cor. 4:16 we read that Paul want...
SPIRITUAL BATTLE
October 23rd, 2020
Paul is writing to his faithful companion and fellow worker, Timothy, his son in the faith. He gives instruction to Timothy to faithfully teach other believers the truth that he had learned from Paul. He charged him to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles. He was the champion of the doctrine of the grace of GOD. The grace of GOD teaches that all men ...
BUILD THE WALL!
October 21st, 2020
Abundant life, in American culture, is defined as life without rules....life without limits...life without ever needing to say ‘No!’  But true freedom and the abundant life Christ promises His followers is freedom to refuse and life lived with godly guidelines. In today’s reading, the writer of Proverbs states, “Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his...
THE THING ABOUT PROMISES
October 20th, 2020
Today’s reading from the One Year Bible has us in Psalm 89, a very difficult Psalm. The writer presents a picture of God’s faithfulness, a reminder of God’s promises, and a plea for God to come through. I can relate with this psalmist: as the world seems to lean further away from God with each day, I find myself looking to the promises of my God that He will return and overhaul all this someday. I...
OPPOSITION
October 16th, 2020
Opposition. Jeremiah faced it (chapters 28-29). Timothy faced it (1 Timothy 1). David faced it (Psalm 86). This seems to be a common theme in the passages from today’s One Year Bible reading.Today’s chapters in the book of Jeremiah took place at a time when some of Israel’s population had already been taken captive to Babylon, but Jeremiah the prophet remained in Jerusalem with King Zedekiah and t...
GOD'S WARNINGS
October 15th, 2020
As I read today's Bible verses from the Old and New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs, I noticed that in each, God was issued warnings to His people. The warnings ranged in scope from Jeremiah's warning to the nation of Judah in Jeremiah 26 to "turn from their evil ways"...so that God might "be able to withhold the disaster He was ready to pour out on them because of their sins" to a warning in Prove...
NEEDED: CHURCH DOORKEEPERS
October 14th, 2020
Today’s Psalm [84] speaks of spending time with God’s people in God’s presence. Verse 10 states, “A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.” Those who love the Lord love spending time with His people before Him and they look forward to that time they will be in His i...
PRAYING WITH A LASER FOCUS ... I LIKE TO CALL IT "PRAY FIRST"
October 13th, 2020
Ever feel like you run out of things to pray for?  Or just don’t know how to pray for those church friends or those lost friends on your CPR card?  Paul lays out some big priorities for what and how to pray that should dominate our prayer lives.  Simply put “Pray first” for those who are lost and without Christ and "Pray first” for those in the family of God that their lives would truly be focused...
ARE YOU ASLEEP?
October 9th, 2020
Today’s 1-yr Bible readings include a warning for those prone to laziness (Proverbs 24:30-34) and an Apostles’ accommodation for hard work (1 Thessalonians 1:2-8). I know God doesn’t need anyone to provide Him anything. So, why would a transcendent God, one who is not bound by time or space or age or circumstances, be interested at all in how you and I respond to difficulties? Why would God encour...
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CONVERSATION?
October 8th, 2020
I can remember when my kids were kids, I always struggled with keeping my temper when they did something I disapproved of.  In most cases it led to conflict.  Either I made them mad as well or shut them out.  It’s taken quite some time to change my ways where I can talk with them in a not-so-threatening manner and talk reasonably with them.  Paul tells the Colossians in some final instructions to ...
TELL THEM!
October 6th, 2020
Psalm 78:4–8 (ESV)4We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.  5He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,6that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to t...
HE KEEPS US!
October 2nd, 2020
Proverbs 24:15-16 - "Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not destroy his resting place; For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity."It took me a while to decide which passage to write on for today. I have not felt particularly righteous lately. In fact, I’m not sure I have ever felt righteous. If any of...
UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST
September 25th, 2020
    I have always enjoyed thinking about the comparisons of the body of Christ to the physical body. First Corinthians 12:12 says: “The body is a UNIT, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form ONE BODY. So it is with Christ.” This passage goes on to describe the awful results if the body does not function as intended by God. There would parts of the body goi...
THE SOVEREIGNTY AND OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD
September 24th, 2020
Today's passage in Isaiah (NASB) is a great reminder of who God is, and His active involvement in current events.43:25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” God forgives the sins of His children, and does not hold them against them.44:2 “Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you, do not fe...
GOD'S RX FOR REDUCING PANIC AND ANXIETY
September 18th, 2020
Isaiah 28:16 is God’s solution for panic attacks and general feelings of anxiety, although not drinking caffeine is helpful too! The verse reads, “So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” Panic and anxiety are defined on anxiety.org as “the sense o...
WISDOM FROM SCRIPTURE
September 17th, 2020
From Isaiah 25:1-28:13 and also Galatians 3:10-22:  The Scriptures state that you are a prisoner of sin and you must believe in Jesus Christ to gain His promises.From Psalms 61:1-8:  We need to seek God’s help wherever we are. He knows where we are and will help us! He is our safe refuge from our enemies – where they can’t find us. We have many blessings and an inheritance from Him. For God will a...
A MOMENT OF DEJA VU
September 15th, 2020
I have always loved the book of Proverbs. The simplicity of thought, and the depth of wisdom are a powerful combination. I am grateful for the wisdom of Solomon being packaged so that someone like me, with a standard measure of wisdom (granted this may be a generous estimation) can gain insight on life’s daily challenges. As a parent, I have gained an even greater appreciation for these nuggets of...
I FEEL LIKE QUITTING. I CANNOT TAKE IT ANYMORE.
September 14th, 2020
It is my experience that feelings like these are very common for both husbands and wives in marriages. I must admit, that I have had them many times early in my marriage; yes even with a wonderful wife like I have. It was easy for me to fall into the trap of self-pity. In my case, it started by focusing on me, all that I did and how I was not appreciated. From there I started looking for things to...
WHERE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?
September 11th, 2020
The natural man does not understand the teachings of Holy Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 2:14 states "But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of GOD: for they are foolishness unto him: Neither can he know them for they are spiritually understood." The desire of the natural man is to get all he can get and keep all he can keep. The accumulation of wealth is one of his most important go...