“Now to him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith – to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen” (Romans 16:25-27 NKJV).
Paul’s letter to Roman Christians is widely recognized as the most complete explanation of the nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ found in any single New Testament document. It begins with an assertion that there is one true God who is manifest through his creation (Romans 1:19-21). It ends with a beautiful doxology (an attribution of honor or glory to God) to “God, alone wise.” Continue reading “To God be the glory”
The story is an old one. Spirituality fluctuates between a wasteland and vibrancy. This narrative reoccurs throughout time. King David experienced it.
As people grapple with the current crisis, some will trod this well-worn path. Others may never reach the vibrancy. Continue reading “Self-confidence, crisis, then praise”
The glory of God unleashes praises. Several biblical writers break out in emotional moments of adoration to God for what he has done in Christ and for what he will still do for his people. The writers are not able to contain themselves before such goodness and grace. These exclamations have been called doxologies, which are often spontaneous expressions of praise to God, such as can be found in Romans 9.5, Ephesians 3.20-21, Revelation 5.13 and Jude 24-25. This term is not found in the Bible itself. Continue reading “To him who is powerful”
“For every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and sea creature is subdued and has been subdued by humankind. But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in God’s image. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters. A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it? Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a vine produce figs? Neither can a salt water spring produce fresh water” (James 3:7-12 NET).
Of all the wild animals in the world, the one that is the most difficult to tame and control is…our tongue! Not that our tongue is really a wild animal, but every animal we can think of we have learned in some way to subdue and control. Continue reading “Watch what you say!”
Good deeds do not need fanfare Continue reading In the shadows
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV).
One of my favorite pictures from my most recent trip to Nepal is a landscape shot of the Himalayas, taken from the south end of the Katmandu Valley. We had very few clear days during the month that we were there, so a rare sighting was greatly treasured.
The vast, lofty Himalayas are unique in the world. No other range is so high. Their majesty and beauty are without parallel, at least in my experience. Whenever I am there, and the view is available, I can hardly cease from staring at them. Continue reading “Majesty and mountains”
Do we focus on the right things? Continue reading For his glory
Victor Frankl could have been forgiven if he had displayed a bad attitude. As a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, he was witness to some of the most indescribable horrors in human history.
How, then, did Frankl avoid the fate of pessimism and bitterness? He wrote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.”
Our attitude is a matter of choice? Few ever come to that realization. They merely take the mood that comes with the events of their day and act correspondingly. If someone cuts me off in traffic, I’ll be in a foul mood for awhile. If I get that promotion, I’ll be on top of the world. If not, stay out of my path! Continue reading “Improving My Attitude”