The power of forgiveness is your secret weapon against sin. This forgiveness comes to you by the grace of the gospel. The law did not forgive you. The law told you what you should have been doing. It told you what you had done wrong. So, what does the law tell you now? Now that … Continue reading Learn to Speak the Language of Obedience
This is one of the many great benefits of the cross. It centers you. It makes you whole and keeps you whole by uniting your fragmented heart. This benefit has been described well by Horatius Bonar in his book, God's Way of Holiness. First published in 1864 in Scotland, God's Way of Holiness is one of … Continue reading The Cross of Christ Is Your Center of Gravity
An example of misremembering the past is given to us in Exodus 16: "They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of … Continue reading Misremembering the Past – A Hindrance to Spiritual Growth
Moses was one of the greatest leaders in history. Like all leaders, he experienced his share of rejection. In studying his life, I counted fourteen cases of rejection. Thirteen of those came from the people of Israel. But one rejection, the second one, was different. The first rejection of Moses happened when he was forty … Continue reading Overcoming Self-Rejection: A Lesson from the Life of Moses
Moses, the deliverer of Israel, was repeatedly rejected by the people of Israel—fourteen times by my count. Yet he successfully led them from slavery to freedom. We can learn much from the fourteen rejections of Moses, why they happened and how he overcame them. Here's a look at the first one. Passionate but Presumptuous This first … Continue reading Young Moses and the Israelites: Immature Vision and Premature Rejection
We can begin now to live the life we will live forever because Jesus is still living for us the life He began to live for us many years ago.
When Jesus instructed His disciples to abide in Him, He used the illustration of a vine and branches. The pruning of the branches was an integral part of that lesson, and of abiding in Christ: “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, … Continue reading Every Branch Gets Pruned
Never before had life been lived with such dignity and purpose. No one else had so clearly displayed what an utterly beautiful thing it is to be human.
The hope of righteousness is the prospect of perfect agreement with God that corresponds with perfect freedom to do whatever we want.
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption 1 Corinthians 1:30 Paul says that Christ Himself became our wisdom, but he doesn't stop there. He adds three more things that Christ became for us: righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Paul could have added more … Continue reading Jesus in the Small Words