“Now the thing I said that concerns me – and I include myself in this – is that we more naturally relate, more naturally react to, the conditions of the Old Covenant than we do the New Covenant.  Let me see if you agree:  when you commit a sin, how many of you feel ugh! about…

The New Covenant is amazing.  It’s written in Jesus’ Blood, it’s the way God relates to us, it’s what separates us from not being in a covenant.  That sounds simplistic, but covenant partners have benefits…I think it is better contrasted against the Old Covenant…I’m going to propose that a lot of us, and a lot…

I felt like the Lord put the words “persistence” and “perseverance” in my heart today, so I did a Bible word search starting with “persistence” to see where that would lead me.  In the New American Standard, not one reference.  For “perseverance,” I was directed to Romans 2.  First I read through the New American…

Thankfulness. It’s one of those open-ended descriptions that can start with a toddler’s pet kitten, expand to being the next $10,000-a-week-winner at Publisher’s Clearinghouse, or stay as simplistic as realizing God has freely bestowed His favor on us, no string attached, as an act of profound encouragement and love. Scripture touts the many benefits of…

In Matthew 6:5-14, Jesus shares a teaching that has become the most widely recognized Biblical passage on prayer. As I was reading, the context and positioning of Jesus’ example of prayer caught my interest, anew.  Jesus’ teaching is inserted between Matthew 6:1-4, regarding giving to the needy, and Matthew 6:16-18, sharing the heart attitude during…

First days of school are tough, especially if you have changed neighborhoods over the summer and are starting in a new school, mapping out and exploring an unknown territory of classrooms and lockers.  Old friends are far removed.  The anticipation of “starting fresh” is dampened by the reality that it’s “starting fresh…alone.” One of my…

Last week’s sermon from Pastor Larry (August 16) contained crucial elements of “understanding the Gospel” that are worthy of being read, read again, and submitted to prayer and Holy Spirit-led meditation.  “Most of us are taught that sin separated us from God. We think of that separation being like a fence separates us from the…

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” (Mark 1:35, NASB) “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.”  (Luke5:16, NASB) Have you ever wished that Jesus had volunteered the details of those…

I’ve learned something about adding water to outdoor hanging flowers:  they are either terribly dry, or soaking wet.  And the soaking-wet stage does not last very long, as the elements of wind and sun cause a 360-degree, 24-hour cycle of evaporation. When I thought about this, I saw a parallel of sorts:   each of us…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.  I have often wondered if this well-known, even secularly-recognized Scripture is one which  people often  default to as  a  “final word” of explanation when life seems  inextricably interwoven with chaos or misfortune. Often recognized as the “time for everything  quote”, it reads,  “There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a…

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