Finishing or Revealing?

This grace was given to me —the least of all the saints—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah, and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.  This is so God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the…

Our Favorite Whipping Boy

But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I told Cephas in front of everyone, “If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?” (Gal. 2:14). Peter (AKA Cephas)….  It’s always Peter, right?  All…

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…

Wonderful Things in Your Law (Part 5)

Please read parts 1-4 before continuing…. In the first post of this series, we said the purpose of the law is to reveal Christ—Him who is Wonderful—and not just moral or religious practice.  The examples given in the preceding post illustrate both of these points.  They show that the law finds its fulfillment in the…

More than Perfect (Part 2)

Continued from “More than Perfect (Part 1)“ There are many dimensions to this story.  In one dimension, Job pictures Jesus.  Jesus was handed over to the devil and suffered immensely (Luke 22:53; John 13:27).  Much of what Job says can be placed in the mouth of Jesus and reflects what Jesus felt as He writhed…

Let Freedom Ring!

“Christ has liberated us to be free.  Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1, HCSB) Slavery?  To what?  What is Paul talking about?  Other verses in Galatians show us slavery is a performance-based relationship with God.  In other words, like slaves, we have a place in God’s household…