Rest (Part One)

Faith and rest are the big ideas in Hebrews three and four.  Chapter three is concerned with the rest God offered His people in the land He prepared for them.  Deuteronomy describes the land as having “large and beautiful cities you did not build, houses full of every good thing that you did not fill…

Out of Weakness

“…who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” (Heb. 11:33-34, ESV). On Easter Sunday, before church, I was thinking about how weak I feel…

What Is This Thing Called Love?

The following is a column I had published in the religion section of our local paper. It ran about 7 years ago but has been on my heart, so I thought I’d share it. *** Love….  What is it?  I’m told it’s in the air.  The Beatles say it’s all you need.  Some say, “Make…

Lies

“Lies” is a gorgeous grief-ballad by Glen Hansard. It tells the story of a relationship that dies by degrees, almost unnoticed by the couple. One striking section of lyrics goes: Maybe if you slowed down for me I could see you’re only tellin’ lies, lies, lies Breakin’ us down with your lies, lies, lies When…

Happy

Much of Hebrews chapter 3 centers on a quote from Psalm 95, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness….”   Psalm 95 is referring to an incident in Exodus 17.  Israel’s wilderness journey brings them to Rephidim where there…

The Beast

I’m doing something a little different in this post. The picture above is from our church service on 2/7/21. If you click it, it will (hopefully) take you to a video of our service. Our church has been going through Revelation. Three of us are taking turns preaching. One is our pastor, Roger. Another is…

Friends!

Jesus is as fully man’s Son as He is God’s.  Hebrews tells us Jesus could not mediate between God and man unless He was like us in every way (Heb. 2:17).  This is why the writer of Hebrews says it was appropriate that God should make the source of our salvation perfect through sufferings (Heb….

The Blesser and the Breaker

This post is an excerpt from my booklet, “The Blesser and the Breaker.” I feel like the Lord wants me to meditate on it so thought I’d share it as well. *** “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?” Jesus said, “Make…

A Mile in Our Shoes

The writer of Hebrews observes that God hasn’t subjected the world to come to angels.  Then he quotes Psalm 8, which marvels at God putting creation under the lordship of humans.  Yet it was not to run of the mill humanity that God subjected creation.  After the fall, people lost their lordship in a way;…

COVID in Our Stockings

With Christmas happening this week, I found myself thinking about Jesus’s birth.  Caesar Augustus required that everyone travel to their home town for a census.  Rome would update taxation based on this census (and taxes rarely go down).  I imagine the average citizen thought, “You want me to make a long, expensive, dangerous journey so…