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”
“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).
Continue reading “What happens when we ignore the Composer?”
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”
Until we strip away all the layers of dirt encrusted on the modern concept of the church, we’ll never understand God’s simple plan. It’s understandable when the aberration is the only standard they know. But there comes a time when they must accept reality. Continue reading “Abandon the denominational view of the Church”
If God became a man, he wouldn’t enter the world as the rest of humanity. He had to be unique so he could fulfill his mission from the Father (John 3:16). Continue reading “The virgin birth is non-negotiable”
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?”
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”
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?”
We must be very humble to proclaim the power of God’s Word. Continue reading A warning for teachers
Many false doctrines are a result of misunderstanding covenants. The improper use of the Word has eternal consequences (Galatians 1:8-9), so it’s imperative that we properly divide the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15).
God established a covenant with Israel after Egyptian bondage (Exodus 19:1-6). If they would be faithful, God would care for them with great gentleness (Exodus 19:7-8). Continue reading “No longer under the Law of Moses”