Everything and Nothing

Today, I am encouraged that everything is working together to conform me to the image of God’s Son (Rom. 8:28-29).  “Everything” includes successes and failures, strengths and weaknesses, righteousness and sins. Nothing is outside God’s redemptive power and use.

Break Time…

I’m going to clock out for a bit and take a blogging break.  For the last month, my family has been very busy selling our house and buying another.  It’s quite the transition.  We’ve lived in our current house for over a decade.  It’s the only house our kids have ever known.  But it’s time…

Slaves of Death

“Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death–that is, the Devil–and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death” (Hebrews 2:14-15).             Certainly, the above verses…

The Book of the Wretched Sins of Mankind (and Especially Yours)

“[T]he heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God” (Ezek. 1:1). Ezekiel does not begin with man’s sin but with God.  Sin is not the center of the universe, God’s thoughts, or His eternal plan.  Unfortunately, in the way we often think about the Lord, sin usurps the place that belongs to God’s glory. …

Coming to Moriah

Originally posted on Bread for the Bride:
When Abraham laid his son Isaac on a sacrificial altar no witness was present but God. The Bible is silent on whether Abraham wept as he bound the boy to the firewood. The scriptures do not tell us whether he averted his eyes from Isaac’s frightened gaze. If…

Keep on the Shunny Shide

A book I’m reading advocates for the Matthew 18 model of church discipline: If someone sins, talk to him one on one.  If he doesn’t respond, re-approach with two or three others.  If that doesn’t work, take him before the church.  If he doesn’t listen to the church, “let him be like an unbeliever and…

Conversations with God

In other posts, I’ve talked about my conversion, talking myself out of my conversion, investigating eastern religions, and finally returning to Christianity.  Soon after deciding to re-investigate Christianity, I ran into one of Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s) and got entangled with them for six months.  I will spare you a long description of that little foray.  One…

Knowing the Satisfied God–Rabon Byrd

Knowing the Satisfied God–Rabon Byrd A few months back, one of my Facebook friends posted a quote that caught my attention.  The quote was from a book he had written, and he was meditating on it.  I asked for a copy of the book and a pdf version of Knowing the Satisfied God appeared in my…