Grace Areas

Something the Lord said to me while I was praying the other day: Things aren’t black and white.  There aren’t gray areas.  But there are grace areas. Food for thought!

The Failed Christian Life

I have failed at being a Christian.  I have failed morally.  I have failed to be unselfish.  I don’t know if God is always first in my affections.  I’ve never prayed with anyone to receive Christ. My prayer and Bible study habits probably aren’t up to snuff.  In these, and many other ways, I have…

The Tightrope Walker

  I ran across the following poem recently and thought I’d post it.  I wrote it when I was a new believer and was seeing (for the first time) my fallen state and need of God.  Many things have changed since then.  What hasn’t changed is the greatness of Christ and my dependence on Him,…

Another Scary Verse from Hebrews

I was reading through old posts yesterday and decided to repost this. *** “For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries” (Heb. 10:26-27). This is one of…

Seeing God through the Ashes

Months ago, my wife’s friend plugged a book on social media, The Book of Job: Seeing God through the Ashes, by Melissa Lees.  I felt curious for some reason (God?). Perhaps the topic piqued my interest.  (People aren’t exactly rushing to exposit Job).  Whatever it was, I downloaded a copy to my Kindle. I rarely read modern Christian…

Beef and Bourbon

Mahatma Gandhi famously complained that converting to Christianity meant converting to beef and bourbon. Some Indian converts also wore European clothing. This offended Gandhi’s religious and cultural sensibilities. Christianity’s interaction with culture has a complicated history. All of us live Christianity in our particular time, place, and culture. The eternal Word comes in our flesh,…

O Holy Night

I am a rabid Christmas carol fan.  (Is it even right to say that?  LOL).  The day after Thanksgiving you’ll find an (almost) unbroken stream/flood of carols coming from my home and car stereos.  Thanks be to God the place I work plays carols all season long as well.  I love the deluge of worship…

Dead Men, Has-Beens, and Jailbirds

God brought forth the promised son when Abram was as good as dead (Rom. 4:19). God used Moses to deliver Israel from slavery only after he was a has-been tending sheep in the desert for 40 years. Paul is remembered as a powerhouse of ministry, a fearless preacher, a worker of miracles. But when was…

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…