Not to Destroy but Fulfill

“Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17). I have heard the verse above used to prove that Christians are still required to keep the law.  Jesus said He didn’t come to destroy the law so we need to keep…

The Gospel According to Exodus

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. And God said to Moses, “Make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among you. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” When Moses set up the tabernacle, he…

Stepping off the Merry-Go-Round

The golden calf…. It’s as epic an event as is found in scripture. The drama peaks when Moses comes down Mount Sinai and sees the Israelites worshiping the calf. Moses is so angry he *smashes* the stone tablets on which God wrote His commandments. You have to be pretty ticked–boiling, nuclear–to smash God’s commands. But…

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…

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…

Reject All Lies. I Am in Christ.

Living Sacrifice album cover Living Sacrifice is one of my favorite bands.  The other day I was listening to a compilation of their songs that I put together.  As the chorus of one of the songs came on, it seemed the Holy Spirit was pounding the lyrics into me: “Reject all lies!  Reject all lies!”…

Christ in the Feasts

In December of 2011, the Lord drew me to study the seven feasts that Israel observed (see Leviticus 23).  Throughout 2012, I studied the feasts off and on.  My church also let me teach about each feast as it came up on the calendar.  Gradually, I organized my notes into a new booklet, and I’m…