Life Was in Him

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.  Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4). The New Testament tells…

Forgetting, Reaching, Thinking

The Lord isn’t surprised when we blow it. He expects nothing else from our flawed nature. In one sense, His goal isn’t to get us to a place where we never sin again (in this life). But that is often our goal. God’s goal has more to do with Christ and less to do with…

Wanted: A Few Good Idiots

The Idiot is a book by Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky (b. 1821, d. 1881). The story begins with Prince Myshkin returning to St. Petersburg from Switzerland. Myshkin convalesced there because of fragile health. Having recovered, he hopes to go on with life as peacefully as possible. But on re-entering Russian society, he finds a socio-political clash….

Perfecting Jesus

“In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God…should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.” (Heb. 2:10) In what sense did Jesus need perfecting? In context, we are not talking about Jesus in some vacuous sense but about the author of salvation bringing many sons to glory. The eternal Word was…

Come out of Her!

Revelation 19 begins with the fall of Babylon. Babylon has rich, symbolic significance throughout scripture. It is the first kingdom mentioned in the Bible (Gen. 10:10).   Babylon was the site where human government, culture, and religion united in their own way, apart from God (Gen. 11:1-9). In Revelation, John sees Babylon as a “notorious…

Scribbling and Bibbling

Picture from Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984) Sanctification or growing in holiness can be a confusing subject to Christians.  Verses such as 1 Corinthians 1:30 say Christ is our sanctification.  But 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely.”  Are we holy now?  Do we still need to be sanctified? As…

The Bible Just Ain’t Hip

Last week, I read a blog entry by a woman whose husband has a bad hip.  She and her husband are believing God will heal his hip but trust the Lord if He chooses not to.  It was a blessing to hear from someone placing themselves in the hands of the Lord.  I would encourage…

Comet

My voice takes flight, soaring on my breath, and my very self is caught up, like the tail of a comet, released in a rapture of adoration (my body becoming a ghost as everything fades and we commingle in a place that is not heaven or earth but You).