Holy to the Lord

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.                                                                                                                       Ephesians 1:4 NLT What is God’s goal for human life? It is holiness and completion. That is what Ephesians 1:4 tells us, and that is in confirmation of Genesis 17:1,Continue reading “Holy to the Lord”

Pilgrims 1

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bythinia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.                                                                                                                         1 Peter 1:1-2Continue reading “Pilgrims 1”

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”