Love, not Law

The following appeared in our local paper’s religion column last weekend. It is a revision of a previous post, “Love, not Law”. The paper re-titled it “What Complete Freedom Means.” *** “Christ has liberated us to be free.  Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). Most Christians know…

Surrogate

Genesis 16 tells the story of Abram and Hagar, Sarai’s slave. In chapter 15, we saw God’s promise to Abram: “one who comes from your own body will be your heir” (Gen. 15:4). We don’t know how much time elapsed between the giving of the promise and the events of chapter 16. It simply opens…

One from Your Own Body

In Genesis 15, Abram laments that he has no son, and that a household servant will be his heir. But the Lord said, “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir” (Gen. 15:4). Isaac was the immediate fulfillment of the Lord’s promise to Abram….

Love not Law

“Christ has liberated us to be free.  Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1) Most Christians know that Christ has freed them somehow.  What does freedom in Christ mean?  In one sense, freedom is defined by what we are freed from.  Galatians 5 helps us see the borders of…

Random Thoughts on Galatians

Sketch by Patrick Murphy: inspiredsketch.blogspot.com “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:19-20, HCSB). This is one of the most…

Slave

Below are lyrics to a song the Lord gave me a few years ago.  You can listen to it here. *** I declare I love my Master, and I don’t want to go free (Exodus 21:5). He has shared His life with me, and I don’t want to be apart from Him (Exodus 21:6).  …

Me and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I woke up this morning in a grumpy funk.  As I tried to finish waking in the shower, my head filled with visions of the whole family going out for muffins and coffee.  Post-shower, I told my wife.  She said she planned to work out.  Could we do it mid-morning after the workout?  Well, that…

Wonderful Things in Your Law (Part 6)

Please read parts 1-5 before continuing… Scripture gives us a choice: keep the law or live by the us in Christ/Christ in us relationship.  The former is the old covenant, the latter the new covenant.  “By calling this covenant ‘new,’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon…