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  • He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders of His love. “He rules the world with truth and grace.” Somehow, this seems an understatement. Abraham asked, “Will not the…
    December 28, 2011
  • No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as the curse is found. “No more let sins and sorrows grow nor thorns infest the ground.” “Here’s an impossible task,”…
    December 21, 2011
  • Joy to the world! The Savior reigns; Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy. “Joy to the world! The Savior reigns.” In America, we have sprung from a stock that says, “We will…
    December 14, 2011
  • It's Christmas time. I'm going to do a Christmas carol. Well, actually, I'm going to take several weeks to cover a Christmas carol. I'm planning on taking four entries (four verses) to examine and expand Joy To The World. Let's see what we can learn from a classical Christmas hymn. Joy to the…
    December 7, 2011
  •   26 "You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes. 27 You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard. 28 You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD" (Lev 19:26-28). This text…
    November 30, 2011
  • Behind the holiday is the famous "first Thanksgiving" put on by the Pilgrims in 1621. The Plymouth colonists and the local Indians shared a meal together. It wasn't until 1863 that the holiday became official. President Lincoln set aside the last Thursday in November as a national Day of Thanksgiving. Nationally,…
    November 23, 2011
  •   This will be necessarily provocative. I apologize in advance. I like to "get along", but to go against Scripture is not wise. So I'm going to lay this out as it is, admitting along with you that it's not "pleasant", and leave it in your hands to accept or deny. We live in a world…
    November 16, 2011
  • It seems to be a standard question for people. "Why am I here? Why do I exist? What is my purpose in life?" Rick Warren wrote the popular book, The Purpose-Driven Life, because it is a principle concern for human beings. Of course, answering the question can be a little difficult sometimes, not
    November 9, 2011
  • Last week I claimed that the point of Christianity is not to make bad people into good people -- not a moral code -- but to make dead people into living people. The point of Christianity is to restore a relationship between God and His creatures. It is not to make good people, but to save us from our own…
    November 2, 2011
  • It's largely our own fault, really. I mean, look at us. We cry out against evils like abortion and sex outside of marriage and on and on, so it's an easy mistake to make. On the other hand, we have the assistance of the natural inclinations of the vast majority of people. The function of religion in almost…
    October 26, 2011
  • "Does the Bible teach fathers to make their daughters into sex slaves?" One of the ever-so-popular objections that skeptics and critics like to raise is the complaint that the Bible approves of slavery. Now, I've already dealt with that. Remember two key points. First, regulating something is not approving…
    October 19, 2011
  • Here's another popular objection to the Bible. Does the Bible teach slavery? Well, of course it does! Everyone knows that! Silly question! Or ... is it? There is no doubt whatsoever that the word "slave" in its variety of forms (slave, slavery, bond-servant, servant, etc.) appears in the Bible. There is…
    October 12, 2011
  • I really like the Bible. No, that's not accurate. I consider the Bible of utmost importance. To me, the Bible defines reality (rather than vice versa). It is God-breathed and, therefore, infallible and inerrant, the sole authority on matters of faith and practice. I also know that not everyone sees it that way. The…
    October 5, 2011
  •   I've been reading in John recently and was struck by this: Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying,…
    September 28, 2011
  • Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God (1 John 3:9) (KJV). This has always been a gut-wrenching read for me, taking the Bible as seriously as I do. What does John mean? Is this a call for sinless perfection? Or is it hyperbole? "Oh,…
    September 21, 2011

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Born and raised in a Christian home, I've been treated to immersion in the Word and squandered it. "But God ..." I love the phrase. God has been faithful when I was unfaithful. At every turn He has crowded me to Him.

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