Delivered from the Domain of Darkness

In a Manner Worthy Colossians 1:9-10 ESV “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: … Continue reading Delivered from the Domain of Darkness

The Cruelty of Tenderness

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Nothing can be more cruel than the tenderness that consigns another to his sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe rebuke that calls a brother back from the path of sin.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community Sin Not Taken Seriously We live in an era within … Continue reading The Cruelty of Tenderness

No Longer Conformed to Sinful Passions

1 Peter 1:13 ESV “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” The Church in Exile This was written to the church in exile. There are several different thoughts we can read about in Bible … Continue reading No Longer Conformed to Sinful Passions

You are My Only Hope

Isaiah 53:1-3 ESV “Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no … Continue reading You are My Only Hope

In the Midst of Trouble

Psalms 138:7-8 ESV “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” … Continue reading In the Midst of Trouble

There are Conditions

Isaiah 43:10-13 NIV “’You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord,‘and my servant whom I have chosen,so that you may know and believe meand understand that I am he.Before me no god was formed,nor will there be one after me.I, even I, am the Lord,and apart from me there is no savior.I have revealed and saved … Continue reading There are Conditions

Set Apart for God

Psalm 24:3-6 ESV “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the … Continue reading Set Apart for God

To Do Your Will

Hebrews 10:4-10 ESV For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I … Continue reading To Do Your Will