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…

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…

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…

The Fullness of Every Message

When it comes to the Bible, I am passionate about one thing above all others—seeing Christ in every scripture (Luke 24:44-46). While I acknowledge other messages in scripture, Christ is the fullness of every other message. We must see that Christ is the end of old covenant laws.  He is the substance of the commandments…

A (Not So) Happy Mother’s Day

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, a day when many of us celebrate our mothers and wives.  As tomorrow approaches, I am reminded of a number of people I know who have lost children–due to miscarriage, still birth, accidents or unexplained reasons.  Perhaps this is true of others who follow The Voice of One.  I cannot fathom such…

A Single Stone

David used only one stone to defeat Goliath and the entire Philistine army (1 Sam. 17:49, 50).  One stone set right the many blasphemies Goliath shouted at God’s people day after day (1 Sam. 17:16, 23).  One stone redeemed the disobedience of every Israelite soldier who did nothing to resist Goliath.  One stone was all…

Cancer. Suicide. Grief.

“One Act” by Patrick Murphy My dad died of cancer in 2009.  For some reason, I’ve been thinking about him, missing him, and grieving the last couple days. I’m a social worker by occupation.  I manage in-home caregiver services for people who are disabled and/or elderly.  On New Year’s Eve, one of my clients killed…

Joy to the World!

Joy to the World , the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills…

What Child Is This?

  What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. Why lies He in such mean…