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 becomes … Continue reading Poured Out For Our Sake

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Jesus, The Nature of God


Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV) 6  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. John begins his Gospel, not with the story of Jesus’ birth, but before the beginning of time, with … Continue reading Jesus, The Nature of God

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 to … Continue 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 evil … Continue reading God’s Merciful Promise

Good Managers of God’s Treasure


Mt. 25:14-30              C.S. Lewis writes in The Weight of Glory , “like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea, we are far too easily pleased.”1 God has entrusted to us a great … Continue reading Good Managers of God’s Treasure

Peace in Life’s Storm


Over the years of my life I have watched many good friends deal with sickness of loved ones, the loss of jobs, families torn apart by the effects of substance abuse, and the seemingly hopelessness of depression.  I have in my own life been effected by many of these same issues.  We all have to … Continue reading Peace in Life’s Storm

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 shore … Continue 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 confess … Continue reading Confession Opens the Soul

Turning To God


"Have mercy on me, O God, According to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions." (Ps. 51:1) David begins his great Psalm of confession, after his affair with Bathsheba and the killing of Uriah, with these words.  David is a person after God's heart, and part of the reason I … Continue reading Turning To God