Are you pulling my leg (off)?

If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell…” (Matthew 5:29-30; see also: Mark 9:43-47).

Would you be surprised to learn that heaven will cost you an arm and a leg? And maybe even an eye?

I believe the above passage presents a great – indeed, an insurmountable – difficulty for those who believe that we incur no cost in our own salvation. Does our obedience to the gospel turn God’s grace into a payment for services rendered?  Continue reading “Are you pulling my leg (off)?”

What will you give?

How much is your soul worth?

Some would take umbrage to such a question and say, “My soul is worth more than any amount of money because it is eternal,” and that would be right. Would it surprise you to know, however, there are people who would happily settle for much less?

Some people don’t mind being religious as long as it doesn’t cost them anything. Just filling a pew on Sunday gives them the feeling that they are religious and good people. When the church asks them to give or help on a regular basis, they refuse. In just such a way haven’t they sold their souls in exchange for much less? Continue reading “What will you give?”

A wise purchase

Clearance racks, plant swaps, stopping for a pretty plant out on a drive in the countryside; these are some of the methods for the shoestring budget gardening that some of us practice.

But then there are the wish lists — the must-have plants that strikes our fancy like no other, and must therefore be purchased even at full price.

One such plant is the stunning Jack Frost Brunnera, or the profusely flowering Sweet Summer Love Clematis. These prizes are worth the extra outlay in cash, because they have unique qualities that are not found in their plainer counterparts. The Jack Frost, for instance, not only has pretty blue flowers that bloom in the shade, but the foliage is speckled a frosty white, so that it is appealing even when it’s not flowering. Continue reading “A wise purchase”