Burden and Blessing

Originally published Friday, July 25, 2014 Because I'm not so good with the putting-the-words-together-thing in real-life with real-live people, I often wish I had a pause button so that, when stumped with a question or statement that demands a clear and thoughtful answer, I could step away from the conversation and give more thought, prayer, a... Continue Reading →

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What Does the Lord Require?

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8) Several years ago, I visited a church built in early 1900’s (or earlier) in Reading, Pennsylvania. As I admired the patterned... Continue Reading →

The Rapture That Wasn’t

Originally published May 22, 2011. It seems that every day there are more reasons to long for our Lord's return. So much heartbreak in the News and in the lives of those we love that is crushing or numbing, or both. I pray that we are driven ever more to prayer as we await our... Continue Reading →

Be Strong in the Lord

This week we finished our Bible study of Joshua and Ephesians, Living the Promises. Our final lesson covered a passage that for me, as for many, has been shrouded in layers of shallow misunderstanding and misapplication. As a recovered Charismatic, I have been both hesitant and eager to dig into the “Armor of God.” Allowing... Continue Reading →

Living Together in Christ

We began this week’s study with Ephesians 5:15-21. The theme of this passage appears to be wise living. We therefore began with Job 28:28, and seeking the essence of wisdom. “And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Clearly, according to... Continue Reading →

Living as Children of Light

As we move into chapter 5, we find that Paul is continuing his discourse on Christian holiness as a reflection and product of God’s saving work in our lives. We must no longer live as we did before we were saved. We must live in a way that is visibly different from the world, shining... Continue Reading →

Unity in the Body of Christ

We find ourselves now at the hinge of the book of Ephesians. For the first three chapters, Paul has been filling our minds and hearts with the wonders of God’s glorious grace in our salvation, this grace which was lavished on us with mercy and love—even when we were dead in our trespasses—and by which... Continue Reading →

Living the Promises

Our study this week covers the third chapter of Ephesians. Paul opens this chapter by reminding his readers that he is in prison for preaching the gospel to them, “I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles” (vs. 1). Later, in verse 13 he asks them “not to lose heart over... Continue Reading →

Made Alive and One in Christ

In this week’s study of Ephesians chapter 2, we are first plunged to the depths of the darkness of human nature before being raised by the grace and mercy of the Father into the light of his love by two of the simplest, yet most profound words of the gospel: ‘But God.’ In this we... Continue Reading →

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