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Isaiah 64:5, Acts 2:36, and Ephesians 2:1-22, A Study in Pronouns

Recently I read an interesting article that compared President Ronald Reagan and President Barak Obama's use of the word 'we'. The article noted that Reagan's use of the word 'we' was the populist usage, 'we' meaning everyone in the United States who is rooting for the good of United States. Reagan felt a brotherhood with his fellow Americans. Obama's use of the word 'we', however, is not populist, but instead 'we' meaning those that agree... read more.

Isaiah 66:22-24, Optimism Out of Control, Part 3: All Mankind

Isaiah was a man before his time and he suffered because of it. His books can be divided into two distinct pieces: part one, judgment; and part two, mercy. The parts of his book are so distinct and so chock full of prophecy years and years beyond the end of his life, that some suggest that Isaiah did not write his entire book. Yet Jesus attributes both halves of the book to Isaiah in John... read more.

Isaiah 6:8, World Record Excuses

I heard an awesome sermon today about a not so awesome fact. I am an expert at making excuses (and you too). Of course we may need to correct a wrong accusation from time to time, but that is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about our ability to shift the blame to something or someone else, to dodge the bullet, to sidestep our responsibility, to attempt to ease our conscience... read more.

Isaiah 8:19-9:7, Nevertheless

nev⋅er⋅the⋅less [nev-er-thuh-les], adverb Meaning : in spite of what preceded Synonyms : nonetheless, notwithstanding, however, in spite of that, yet, at least, but, still When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of... read more.

James 3:1-2, The Perfect Person

I was reminded this past week that I am far from perfect even in the exercising of my spiritual gifts. We ought to be thankful that when Christ saves us he also calls us to useful service and equips us with at least one spiritual gift to serve Christ’s family. However, we should also remember that even the exercising of our spiritual gifts is tainted with sin and so love itself still remains the greatest... read more.

James 4:1-10, I am Grumpy Because I Cannot Be God!

Wow, way too long since I've had a chance to write. Check this thought copied from my Facebook status. The Holy Spirit says in James 4:1-10 (WEB), 1) Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don't they come from your pleasures that war in your members? 2) You lust, and don't have. You murder and covet, and can't obtain. You fight and make war. You don't have, because you don't ask. 3) You... read more.

James 4:1-4, Mad in the USA

The people of the United States ought to be thankful for the riches God has poured down upon our nation. We have been blessed in home life, education, business, research, and government like few nations in the history of the world. These blessings have served to provide a superior quality of life and comfort when compared with most people. Yet despite these superior provisions the vices tearing at the fiber of our nation are common... read more.

Jeremiah 1:4-10, Ripped from the Word and Womb

Today I ripped the entire book of Jeremiah from my Bible. I read these words in Jeremiah 1:4-10 (WEB), Now Yahweh's word came to me, saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I sanctified you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.' Then I said, 'Ah, Lord Yahweh! Behold, I don't know how to speak; for I am a child.' But Yahweh said to me,... read more.

Job 31:1, I Did Look At You

Men, we need more frank conversation about sexual temptation. Job said, "I made a covenant with my eyes, how then should I look lustfully at a young woman?" (Job 31:1 WEB). Christian men, this is our ideal. But Jesus also challenges us in the Sermon on the Mount with the words, "but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart."... read more.

John 12:25, Relient K, Chapter 2

I enjoy hearing the salvation stories of those who come to Christ. It is nothing less than wonderful to hear how lives are changed through the power of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is truly a wonderful savior who desires to pluck us from the filth of things such as fornication, drunkenness, greed, and the like. I myself was ecstatic after coming to Christ that I had left things such as this behind. The freedom I... read more.

John 14:8-21, Marriage Part XOXO - Intimate Reflections of the Image of God

I read Divine Romance by Edwards. I heard Divine Romance by Wickham. But what is romantic about God, the cross, Scripture, repentance, faith, obedience, and eternity? Can true romance be known? I pondered. I read The Bible by Jesus, Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip?... read more.

John 1:12-13, Give Kids the World

Eleven months ago the Lord was pleased to bring a difficult trial into the life of my family. My youngest daughter was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor kidney cancer. I say the Lord was pleased, not because he is cruel, but because every thing he ordains, including difficulties, are to fulfill and complete his marvelous works in this world and our lives. And this includes my daughter’s kidney cancer as well. Through this trial my wife,... read more.

John 3:16, 10:10, and 20:31 ~ Hat Trick!!!

A hat trick is the achievement of a positive feat three times in a game, or another achievement based on the number three. The term first appeared in 1858 in cricket, to describe H. H. Stephenson's taking three wickets with three consecutive deliveries. Fans held a collection for Stephenson, and presented him with a hat bought with the proceeds. The term was used in print for the first time in 1865. Other sports also adopted... read more.

John 3:5-8, The Reformers, Their Stepchildren, and.... Their Grandchildren

Read Leonard Verduin’s The Reformers and Their Stepchildren . This book explains the Anabaptists of the 16 th century also known as ' The Left-wing of the Reformation' or the ' Radical Reformers .' Martin Luther sparked the Reformation, dividing Catholic and Protestant over the gospel of justification by faith alone, Romans 1:17. This match lit a fire that divided not only Catholics and Protestants, but Protestants and Protestants to this very day. Never did... read more.

John 7:16-20, Why do you seek to kill me? A fair question.

Jesus had an amazing way with words. For myself, all to often I am in conversations of various sorts only to think of the choice words a day later. But Jesus always had the perfect words for his audience, seeing into our hearts with the wisdom that only God has. One noteworthy record of Jesus' words is in John Chapter 7. In this passage Jesus 'cuts to the quick' like no one or nowhere else... read more.

John 8:30-47, Free at Last! Free at Last! Thank God Almighty I am 2/3 Free at Last!

On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and exclaimed, " I have a Dream! ", the most powerful and resounding speech in our generation with the final words still echoing through our land, " Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty we are free at last! " Jesus is also for freedom and has a dream. Consider the powerful words of... read more.

John(1) 3:15 and John 14:6, Relatives and Absolutes

We should note when studying Scripture that God’s word contains both relative and absolute statements. Some statements in the Bible are always true under every condition for all time. Other statements are relative or generalizations and not absolute. These statements are generally true, but not under every condition or situation. For example, the apostle John wrote, "Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him"... read more.

Kings(1) 19:1-3, The Fear of Woman Proves to be a Snare

Consider another Zinger on the theology of women. Again I have written in my article The Image of God in Man that I am opposed to efforts to change God's Word to be gender neutral. Though again, upon further reflection, there may be another important doctrine for the politically correct to gain ground in the area of gender equality. Proverbs 29:25 (WEB) says, "The fear of man proves to be a snare, but whoever puts... read more.

Kings(2) 6:8 - 7:20, Believe in the United States Marines or Believe in Yaweh?

This fall I have the distinct honor of teaching the youth Sunday School class at my church which also includes one of my daughters. I've enjoyed getting to know each of them better. I have also been serving coffee, tea, and hot chocolate as a 'coming of age' treat. We've been learning how to balance the Bible and a cup of coffee without spilling it, something every adult ought to know how to do! The... read more.

Kings(2) 8:11-12, More Warfare, Elisha Style

Just another quick note on the awesome power of warfare with spiritual weapons. Previously we've discussed the arsenal listed in Ephesians 6. We've mentioned the armament of 'attitude' in 1 Peter 4. We've also considered the supernatural weaponry that God wielded through Elisha. To review, God helped Israel by revealing to Elisha the locations of the Syrian army and Elisha informed the king of Israel so they could better defend themselves. God also empowered Elisha... read more.

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