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I Was Just Thinking … about Grace and Reconciliation, Part 1

When I was becoming an Army Ranger in late 1969, the cadre emphasized, in many ways, that we were members of a team, and that we would not succeed in our combat missions unless we were in tune with and in sync with one another. “Cooperate and graduate” became our mantra. Fast forward twenty nine … Continue reading

Guidance #4—Guidance to Joy

You will make known to me the path of life. Satisfying joys are in your presence and the pleasures at your right hand are unending. Psalm 16:11 Because God is eternal the sources of joy he offers can be stable, secure and satisfying. Therefore we can be as confident as David that he will guide … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes #3—The Grace of Suffering

When you  face opposition, strive together for the faith of the gospel … that you suffer for his sake as I do … So then in my absence, be very careful  how you effect your deliverance, because God is at work among you, both to will and to work as he pleases. Philippians 1:25–2:13 God … Continue reading

Servants #9—Last Thought

As the eyes of a servant look to the hand of his master, as the eyes of a female servant look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes will look to Yahweh, our God, until he shows us favor. Psalm 123:2 Over the last couple of months, we’ve considered promises which will motivate … Continue reading

Civility #6—Life-Giving Civility

Do you want to really live? Would you love to live a long, happy life? Then make sure you don’t speak evil words or use deceptive speech! Turn away from evil and do what is right! Pursue peace and promote it! Psalm 34:12–14 Isolation inspires insanity—and death! Cut off from positive human interaction, we human … Continue reading

Humility #7—Tested Humility

He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, … that he might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Eternal … that he might test you, to do good for … Continue reading

Peace #5—Kingdom Peace

Since the kingdom of God is … righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, we pursue what makes for peace and for edifying one another. Romans 14:17–19 When Jesus began his ministry, he started by issuing this proclamation: “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent and believe in the good news!” To the … Continue reading

Praised by God #4 — Valued Trials

While rejoicing in the salvation which is coming, you suffer necessary but temporary trials, so that in the genuineness of your faith—which is much more valuable than fire-tested gold—you will find praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:5–7 Olympic gold medalists resemble the gold they pursue. Olympic gold only … Continue reading

Strength #4 — Strengthening Words

Paul and Barnabas strengthened the souls of the disciples by reminding them to continue in the faith because they would encounter many unavoidable tribulations as they enter the Kingdom of God. … Silas encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message. Acts 14:22; 15:32 One of the goals for communication in the Church is … Continue reading

Trials #1 — Endurance From Success

Throughout Scripture human beings undergo tests/trials to see if they will remain faithful to God, if they will continue to entrust him to be the source of goodness in their lives. From Adam to Abraham to Israel to Jesus to the Apostle Paul, we see examples of God’s testing people to see if they will … Continue reading