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 Biggest Small Word

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ….” (1 Peter 1:1) “Of” is a mighty word in scripture.  It can show source–something that originates in something else and shares its nature, substance, reality.  Ownership is another connotation.  “Of” also suggests “from”; coming in another’s stead and on their authority.  Such big ideas in such a little word!…

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…

Petrified

“The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins” (2 Peter 1:9). We have been cleansed from our sins by the cross and resurrection of Christ.  Our cleansing is twofold: 1) we are forgiven, absolved of any fault, relieved of any guilt; 2) sin ceases…