Balance in Grace, Faith, and Works

Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead! (James 2:17 CEV) There is always a debate raging in the Church about the role of faith versus works in the believer’s life. Like most arguments regarding doctrine, the trouble comes when we lean too far to either side. Whether one…

Dangerous Comparisons​

We do not dare to compare ourselves with those who think they are very important. They use themselves to measure themselves, and they judge themselves by what they themselves are. This shows that they know nothing. (2 Corinthians 10:12 NCV) The day known as Black Monday in the NFL bleakly dawned for several coaches who…

Words Words Words

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,But he who restrains his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19) Social media has given us all a platform. Some use that platform for good; to edify and encourage others. Some use it profanely, while some find other unprofitable ways to express themselves. In one sense, social media…

Fruitful

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained…. (Proverbs 29:18 NASB) My parents had the best orange tree I have ever seen. When in season, the bows of that tree were quite literally loaded down with an abundance of the sweetest oranges I have honestly ever tasted. When they would send us home with…

Growing

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12, 13) There are some things…

Builders

“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26) I’m not what you would call a “handy” person. A week or so ago, I replaced our broken garbage disposal with the help of a friend. My wife supervised,…

Homesick

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves…

When God Shuts the Door

So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in. (Genesis 7:16) If you’ve been watching the news, visited any social media sites, or been alive in the last couple of weeks, you’ve seen the media hysteria and controversy regarding Pastor Joel…

Standing Or Falling

And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them. (Daniel 3:27) For those of you unfamiliar with the…