For Our Nation

War, politics, lies, betrayal, the murdering of innocents, our young men and women in uniform dying on a battle field via men of power; takeovers of nations, riots and lawlessness, sin abounding, the church asleep or complacent for the most part; the gospel diluted, and do we even notice? Through all that is going on … Continue reading For Our Nation

God Will Uphold His Servants

Isaiah 41:8-10 ESV “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, ‘You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off; fear not, for I … Continue reading God Will Uphold His Servants

Sin Permeating the Church

1 Corinthians 5:1-5 ESV “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. “For … Continue reading Sin Permeating the Church

Counting the Cost of Discipleship

Luke 14:25-33 ESV “Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross … Continue reading Counting the Cost of Discipleship

Consumed with Longing for God’s Word

Psalms 119:17-20 ESV “Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me! My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.” This … Continue reading Consumed with Longing for God’s Word

Set Apart for the Gospel

Romans 1:1-7 ESV “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power … Continue reading Set Apart for the Gospel

Because of Their Hardened Hearts

Hebrews 3:7-11 ESV “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “’Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and … Continue reading Because of Their Hardened Hearts

Putting Off the Body of the Flesh

Colossians 2:6-7 ESV “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” When we receive Christ Jesus the Lord (Owner-Master) by God-given faith in him, we are crucified with Christ in death to … Continue reading Putting Off the Body of the Flesh

God and His Gospel Do Not Change

James 1:16-18 ESV “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be … Continue reading God and His Gospel Do Not Change

Discerning Truth from Lies

John 8:31-38 ESV “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it … Continue reading Discerning Truth from Lies

More Fruit or No Fruit?

John 15:1-2,6 ESV “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” “If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch … Continue reading More Fruit or No Fruit?