“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress” (I Timothy 4:15). Progress, not perfection. As we saw a couple of Sundays ago, the word “perfect” in the Bible means “completion,” “maturity,” “going all the way,” rather than never faltering or sinning or committing an error. But…Read more »
I intend to give you the best years of my life. In a few months I’ll be 55. Part of me says that’s hard to believe; another part says, “Admit it: you’ve known this was coming for quite awhile.” I won’t guarantee they’ll be the healthiest years, or the years I’ll have the most stamina, or that…Read more »
As you can tell, blogging hasn’t been at the top of my list of priorities this week. I’ve been trying to catch up on a few things, as well as write a newsletter article. Personally, I’ve been encouraged by my attempts to find and maintain that “sweet spot” in being yoked with Christ.
This morning at our men’s Bible study we talked about power. (Hey, it is a men’s Bible study. What else are we going to talk about?) At first glance, compared to Rome, Jesus looks pretty powerless. Sure, he turned over a few money changers’ tables in the temple and drove out some animals, but when Jesus came…Read more »
There is so much to love. Creation, Jesus, God’s Word, God’s will, and other people. So why aren’t we “smitten?” Why aren’t our spirits constantly buoyed by the glory and wonder of it all? Because there is also so much to hate. About creation, Jesus, God’s Word, God’s will, and other people.
Our Father. Our Abba. Most of you already know this, but it bears repeating: the word “Abba” is Aramaic for Father, or better, Dad or Papa. It’s how Jews in first century Palestine, both children and adults, addressed their father. They would have never thought to address God as Abba. In fact they would have considered it…Read more »
This past Sunday I talked about the Lord’s prayer — not the usual one, but the shorter version: “Abba!” The apostle Paul refers to this prayer in both Romans 8 and Galatians 4: “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’” So it…Read more »