A popular teaching today is that Jesus hung out with (was a friend of) the ungodly, while he avoided contact with the "super religious," which is often a popular reference to the godly. But Jesus was not a friend of the ungodly. He was a friend to those who obeyed him (Jn 15:14-15; Jas 2:23). … Continue reading A Friend of Sinners?
Philippians 3:2-3 ESV “Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.” Man-Made Religion There are those who do teach salvation by works done in … Continue reading Beware of Evil Workers
Galatians 5:1 ESV “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” As followers of Jesus Christ, what were we set free from? Certainly we are free from the punishment of sin, which is eternal death and eternal separation from God. We, too, are … Continue reading Faith at Work
2 Thess. 1:3-5 NASB “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and … Continue reading Persevering in Faith
Righteous are you, O Lord, and right are your rules. You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness. My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words. Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it. Psalm 119:137-140 ESV What the Lord Jesus is impressing upon my heart this morning … Continue reading Small and Despised
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8 ESV To have this unity that this speaks of, we must be in agreement, in harmony, and in union with one another. On a spiritual level, this comes from us first of all being … Continue reading Unity of Faith
“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’” Matthew 15:8-9 NIV The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were hypocrites, for they professed one thing but did another, as a matter of practice. Jesus said that they were good at … Continue reading Mouthing Confessions of Faith
An Original Work / November 5, 2019 Pitter patter What’s the matter? Life is full of Empty chatter. Wishful thinking Lights are blinking While men’s lives are Deeply sinking. Throes of idols All asunder While men’s anger Sounds like thunder. World a turning, Fires burning, While men’s hearts are Barely churning. Much confusion Lacking vision … Continue reading Pitter Patter
Romans 10:1-4 ESV Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to … Continue reading Man-Made Faith
“Ignorance is bliss,” so the saying goes, but is it really? Can we continue to plead ignorance, especially after so much truth has been presented to us, and then go on ignoring the truth, as though it won’t affect us? And, because we want to hold on to our traditions or to our sinful addictions? … Continue reading Is Ignorance Bliss?