Poured Out For Our Sake

Philippians 2:7 (NIV) 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.   How can God, who is perfect, without sin, and unable to even be in the presence of sin.  After all, when we look at it in the description of light and darkness it becomesContinue reading “Poured Out For Our Sake”

Because of The Cross

“I am crucified with Christ and no longer live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) I recently was asked to share on being “crucified with Christ, and Christ living in us” (Galatians 2:20).  It led me to the  gruesome passage, of Matthew 27:27-44 , which tells of the mocking and sufferingContinue reading “Because of The Cross”

Given Grace to Share

This time of the year, as we approach Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent many people take special time to contemplate their lives and souls.  In such contemplation, we often see that in many ways we often fall short of the holiness of God. After David was confronted by his sin he went toContinue reading “Given Grace to Share”

God’s Merciful Promise

“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.  The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evilContinue reading “God’s Merciful Promise”

Love in Action is Love Indeed

1 John 3:16-20 Love is a word thrown around today so easily.  Your best friend meets someone at a party, at a bar, or in any number of ways. Then they come to your house and tell you they are in love.  Your neighbor down the street purchases a classic car from the 1950’s youContinue reading “Love in Action is Love Indeed”

Love, Forgiveness, and Living in the Light

1 John 2:9-14     There is an ancient story (or parable) about two brothers who were left land by their father. Each built a home on opposite sides of the land. The older brother had a large family and the younger had no children. There were two paths going between the homes. When their crop cameContinue reading “Love, Forgiveness, and Living in the Light”

Out of the Dark Waters of Sin

1 John 2:1-2 John acknowledges not only humanities greatest need, but he seems to realize just how far from perfection we really are. Sometimes living in the world is like falling off of a boat into deep dark waters. We tread water hoping for help, and in the dark we cannot even see the shoreContinue reading “Out of the Dark Waters of Sin”

Confession Opens the Soul

1 John 1:8-10 It is said in psychological circles that the first step to getting well, is to admit we have a problem. However, most people struggle with admitting that they have problems. Every person in the world lives with the problem of sin, and the only hope of answer is to admit, or confessContinue reading “Confession Opens the Soul”

God Loves and Desires Love in Return

“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Ps. 50:23 NIV)      This Psalm has been a great reminder of that we should be sincere in expressing worship to God. God loves people who deeply and truly love Him. The relationshipContinue reading “God Loves and Desires Love in Return”

Snow White

Winter began to fade away a bit where I live over the last week.  The receding snow revealed a lot of fallen branches, garbage which had either blown in or was dropped by a passing car.  Then there was the mud, as the frozen ground pushed moisture up to the surface.  Today I stare againContinue reading “Snow White”