Interesting contrasts between Abraham and Lot

While the Bible is a lengthy book, God was spare in the details and provided only what we needed to know because everything had a purpose.

So often we find themes that run throughout Scripture and they provide pause for deeper contemplation. Light and darkness are common themes and we find them in the story of Abraham, Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah.  Continue reading “Interesting contrasts between Abraham and Lot”

God owns spiritual truth

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6, NKJV). Salvation can’t occur without Christ because his blood is indispensable (Romans 5:6-11; 1 John 1:7).

Thomas a Kempis said, “Without the way, there is no going. Without the truth, there is no knowing. Without the life, there is no living.” These spiritual gifts can’t exist without Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Continue reading “God owns spiritual truth”

Monday editorial flitter

Great day yesterday with the saints in Taubaté and Urbanova (SJCampos). Here’s the skeleton outline of the message I shared in both places, on the death of Christ as the creator of unity.

¶ If a writer should wait until he’s in a good mood to write and has only positive things to say, Jeremiah would never had said a word to Baruch. Of course, it helped that he was inspired.

¶ “For who scorns the day of small things?” Zech 4.10a HCSB. May God burn this into our foreheads, mine especially. Not a good idea, such scorning, when God is in it. Continue reading “Monday editorial flitter”

What happens when we ignore the Composer?

“Be cleansed” (Luke 5:13).

Behold the impact of Jesus’ words:

  • Jesus said, “Be still!” and the storm stopped immediately (Mark 4:39)
  • Jesus said, “Be cleansed,” and the leper was cured instantly (Luke 5:13).
  • Jesus said, “Come forth,” and Lazarus walked out promptly (John 11:43).
  • Jesus said, “Come out” and demons fled fearfully (Luke 4:35-36).
  • Jesus said, “Let there be” (Genesis 1:3,6,14) and the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, sprang into existence from nothing, unhesitatingly (Exodus 20:11; Psalm 146:6; John 1:3).

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Jesus shows us the way

Wayfinding is a term architects employ to describe the methods they use to help people move through a building or a space with ease.

For example, a hospital utilizes signs, colors and other tools to help visitors find their way to specific offices or parts of the building.

Anyone who has ever gone somewhere and found only confusion can certainly appreciate attention to detail. We feel more relaxed when we know where we are and how to reach our destination. When guesswork is removed, our confidence soars. Continue reading “Jesus shows us the way”

Can we know truth?

Following a romantic break up, you might listen to what the young woman says to her friends … and what the young man says. You would be forgiven for wondering if they were talking about the same incident! When listening to varying political commentators in this presidential election season, you might be forgiven for wondering if they were talking about the same debate.

The fact is that truth is a very rare commodity indeed. Why is it so hard to know the truth? Continue reading “Can we know truth?”

Don’t judge the woman caught in adultery by modern thinking

Be careful not to filter Jesus’ actions through our current, faulty thinking. Examine what he did and said on its own merits. Otherwise, we may corrupt the message. The eternal Lord is immune to trendy thinking.

When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman “caught in adultery” (John 8:4, NKJV), they committed a sinful act that shouldn’t be used for our own selfish purposes. Continue reading “Don’t judge the woman caught in adultery by modern thinking”

Is there an objective truth?

Postmodernism has been defined as a philosophy that “has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies,” according to one source.

That is true, but there is more to it than that. Postmodernism has at its heart the intense disdain and dislike for the existence of objective truth. More than anything else, postmodernism is very closely related to humanism. Continue reading “Is there an objective truth?”