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While We Mourn Over Our Many Maladies

While we mourn over our many maladies "This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:4While we mourn over our many maladies--we see that increase of faith would be the grand remedy! Our hearts are often . . . ...

Though the Whole World conspire

“for though all the whole world should conspire to cover us with infamy, yet if we sincerely and honestly endeavour to promote the glory of God, we ought not to doubt that God will also glorify us.” ~John Calvin, Commentary on John 13:32

Two Types of Searching Considered

I'm less inclined today to search my own heart, but rather ask God to do so. I find that when I search my heart I find more than I can handle, (some of it true, some of it not) but when I invite God to do so, he carries the burden for me. My former inclination to...

Defining Time Christianly

I was reading an advent devotion to my family this morning that dealt with defining time. The author rightly pointed out that the secular world has rebelled against God’s definition of time. And by the way, he gets to define time because he is God. The secular world...

An Older Way of Quoting Scripture

The old way of quoting likely demanded a greater view of context. Take for example: Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons...

Don’t Rush Christmas

Don’t rush Christmas. It is really antithetical to the entire idea of a celebration of the long-awaited Advent of Jesus Christ. In fact, this is where secular celebrations of Christmas will become more and more distinct from the real thing. My family visited a few...

Thanksgiving as a Weapon

I read this great quote today by Doug Wils: “thanksgiving is a weapon. And if we are serious about diminishing real evil in the world, which appears to be everywhere, then we must grow strong in the one thing that evil cannot touch or overcome. We must honor God as...

Saving Ishmaels

I was reading from Genesis 21 this morning where Hagar is cast out of Abraham and Sarah's home at the birth of Isaac. It is an astounding thing that God cares for castaways. Look how he cares: "And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar...

God’s Law Binding On All So That His Mercy Is As Well!

I was reading from Genesis 20 this morning where Abraham lets Sarah his wife go with Abimelech. The text that stands out to me is spoken by the Lord to Abimelech which says, “it was I who kept you from sinning against me” (Genesis 20:6) What we have here is profound....

Worshiping on the Outskirts

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." (Romans 12:12 ESV) The center here stands out in these times: “be patient in tribulation” and informs the rest. The word “patience” is specifically a ‘bearing up under circumstances’ as opposed to...