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…

Hard Pressed but Not Crushed

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also…

The Myth of Heaven (?)

Our Pastor is preaching through 1 Corinthians.  Today we started chapter 15.  Paul is dealing with a Corinthian coterie that says there is no resurrection (1 Cor. 15:12).  It’s possible this was a group of Gnostics.  Gnostics said the body was meaningless.  It was only a house of corruption imprisoning the spirit.  Bodily resurrection would…

A Single Stone

David used only one stone to defeat Goliath and the entire Philistine army (1 Sam. 17:49, 50).  One stone set right the many blasphemies Goliath shouted at God’s people day after day (1 Sam. 17:16, 23).  One stone redeemed the disobedience of every Israelite soldier who did nothing to resist Goliath.  One stone was all…

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!”…

The Gospel According to Genesis

Created by Trey Hill \\ squarerootofnine.com Now, on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, the earth was formless and empty, darkness was on the face of the deep, and Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. Then God said, “LET…

Do This in Memory of Me

Memorial Day is a time each year when Americans remember those who have died while serving their country in the military.  It is a time of reflecting on the ultimate sacrifice some have made to ensure the prosperity and safety of others.  Since Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, it results…

Pan…Jesus? (Part 2)

Image from USGS This post is continued from the previous post “Eber had two sons. One was named Peleg, for during his days the earth was divided;       his brother was named Joktan” (Gen. 10:25). So here’s my two cents about how we might see Jesus in Genesis 10:25.  Eber means, “across or…