Victory over Death & Sin at Easter

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. 1 Peter 3:18 ESV ~~~ At Easter we celebrate a great victory at a terrible cost.   The agonizing work Christ completed on […]

Born Condemned 

John 3:18 reminds us of a wonderful resolution to a horrific reality. M Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  M Jesus didn’t come to earth to condemn us…we were already that way […]

The Crown Must Win

The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. – Psalm 103:19 (NASB) When the King of England died in 1952, his daughter Elizabeth was thrust onto the world stage as Queen of the United Kingdom.   In the Netflix series “The Crown” the Queen’s grandmother writes Elizabeth a powerful […]

Lamenting The Days

Sometimes it seems our world is only filled with wars, civil unrest, beheadings, evil rampages and moral decline.  It must pain God to see how we treat each other….in both unspoken ways (like prejudice) and in more outward ways like murder and the bombing of innocents. Isaiah 60:2 (ESV) says: For behold, darkness shall cover the […]

Reflecting the Glory of the Son

A beautiful and brilliant “harvest” moon made its mark on North America on September 16, 2016.  Its light was a near pure white.  In Georgia, with no clouds in sight, the moonlight cast defined shadows onto normally darkened ground. When we experience the moon’s light, we’re actually experiencing the light of the sun….and the moon does its […]

Give me a pure heart, oh God.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 (NIV) This plea from King David was his response after his affair with Bathsheba.   When facing his sin, he turned to God and cried out for a clean heart.  We too can follow David’s example, turn to God and seek a pure heart. […]

The Whisper to a Prideful Heart – Part 1

The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.  – Proverbs 16:5 ~~~~~ There is a voice that whispers to our heart that cleverly says “look away, look away”. Look to yourself, look to what you have, look to what you’ve built, look to what you want…look […]

Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for from it flow all the issues of life“. – Proverbs 4:23 Last week, we looked at the idea that our heart is the most important part of who we are and that we need to be sensitive to it and guard it.  While the world elevates and encourages us […]

Our Impenetrable High Tower

HIGH GROUND  For thousands of years armies have used high ground to their advantage in battle….to both defend and conquer territory. In The Art of War Sun Tzus recommends that military leaders take high ground and let the enemy try to attack from a lower position. High ground offers a wide field of view, enabling surveillance of the surrounding […]

Deliver us from evil.

As you likely know, the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6 includes a famous line “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” I was recently drawn to find out more about the word deliver and, after a bit of research, I stumbled onto what, for me, has become a more meaningful view of this […]