“For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:40 ESV) Jesus draws an analogy from the experience of Jonah to predict His own miraculous deliverance from the grave. … Continue reading Three Days and Three Nights?
“He has granted to us his precious and very great promises.” (2 Peter 1:4 ESV) Jesus Christ has given His followers promises of precious worth. These promises are fulfilled in Him and will be fulfilled in Him. All the promises we find in Scripture are included: salvation, eternal joy, and everything we need for this life … Continue reading Very, Very, Very Great Promises
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29 ESV) We usually think of God as the One who dispenses grace. But Scripture tells us that we can have a part in … Continue reading Speaking Grace
In an opinion piece in today's Wall Street Journal, the authors make the case for the illegality of the new birth-control mandate upon religious employers. They summarize the problem this way: The Department of Health and Human Services would still require employers with religious objections to select an insurance company to provide contraceptives and drugs that induce abortions … Continue reading Free Exercise of Religion in Matters of Conscience
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 ESV Note: This is the second post in a series … Continue reading Practicing the Christ-Centered Life, Part 2: Persevering in Life’s Responsibilities
“Love is not irritable or resentful.” 1 Corinthians 13:5 ESV How easily we are offended in our world today. If there is something we do not like about another person, we are quick to criticize. If we perceive any hint of insult, we are quick to take offense. If another's words or actions irritate us, we are quick to … Continue reading Let Offenses Fall Into an Ocean of Love
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 ESV This is the first post in a series … Continue reading Practicing the Christ-Centered Life, Part 1: Battling Besetting Sins