The Freedoms of the Christian

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters;only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence,but through love become slaves to one another.               Galatians 5:13 NRS I saw a tee-shirt today with the slogan “Don’t Mess With My Freedom.” What was the wearer wanting to communicate about freedom? I am quiteContinue reading “The Freedoms of the Christian”

The Blues

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.                                                                                                           1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV In 1949 the British author Dorothy Sayers made a typically profound observation that is even more relevant today than it was seventy-three years ago. She said that if a personContinue reading “The Blues”

Truth

 “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”                                                                 John 17:7 We live in a world where personal convenience, personal desire, and personal comfort are everything. Faced with those realities, truth is a poor second. Why should I tell you the truth if it’s not convenient?  Why should I keep my promises if it doesn’tContinue reading “Truth”

Rest

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.                                                                  Hebrews 4:9-11 ESV What is CanaanContinue reading “Rest”

Blessed Are the Hungry?

Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh                                                                                                             Luke 6:21 ESV Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.        Matthew 5:6 ESV Sometimes we are a little troubled by differences in theContinue reading “Blessed Are the Hungry?”

A Second Work

As we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?                                                                                                 1 Thess. 3:10 ESV I recently read in a dictionary article on holiness the unequivocal statement that there is no such thing as a second work of grace. IContinue reading “A Second Work”