Christianity is not a matter of spirit rather than flesh. It is rather the subjection of flesh to spirit and the balance of both in relation to God’s laws.
A major U.S. bus line advertised for many years with the slogan, “Leave the driving to us.” I have found that to be a comforting motto when on Nepal’s mountain roads. The local drivers who deal regularly with the narrow, rough, twisting, precipitous roads through the Himalayas and their foothills are far more capable of dealing with dangers than I. I do my best to “cast my anxieties” on them and just let them handle it. I’m not always completely successful (I do worry sometimes about certain stretches) but for the most part I have been much more relaxed and able to enjoy the scenery since adopting that attitude.
Do you long for the beauty of community dwelling in peace? Sick of divisiveness? Many are. What’s the solution? We would do well to take a page or two from the apostle Paul.
In Jeremiah’s condemnation of Moab, he mentions a number of its cities along the length of the nation, which lay to the east of the Dead Sea. Among them, this one:
Men have thought it possible to have what one politician called “peace in our time.” Many worked in vain to bring together two warring parties. But there is no end to human wars. One ends, only for another to begin. Since the Fall, conflict has always been a part of mankind, on every level — among nations, political parties, social groups, and families.
In the United States, we are entering the season in which we will elect a president. What this means is that for the next year and three months we will hear politicians tell us why they deserve the favor of our vote to elevate them to high office.Before all the hubbub starts in earnest, it might be refreshing to hear another voice ...
The world isn’t much concerned with doing right. It prefers to do what feels good. People look for immediate gratification rather than adhere to a standard and enjoy the fruit of righteousness. Opinions then become an individual’s guide and the arbitrator of what is good and right. This explains a major part of the mess the world is in.
Micah gets a Levite to be a priest to the idol and declares that God will now prosper him because he has made a sad attempt at restoring his actions to God’s Word.
Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life, John 3.14-15.
At times some might begin to think that the apostles and prophets we read about in God’s word lived lives that were free from the cares and worries that we have to go through, that in some way God protected them. Yet when we read the pages of scripture we discover that they were people just like us, and dealt with pain and sorrow, discouragement and despair just as we have to do.
It is altogether fitting that the last word on righteousness comes from the last chapter of the last book of the Bible. The old apostle John, last of his tribe, writes what are probably his last words to a cowed and persecuted church.
When it comes to arguments, most of us like to be right. We want to win the contest of words. And there are those few who always have to have the last word, who always have to be right about everything. We hate them, because we can never get the upper hand.
“But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his warnings, and ridiculed his prophets. Finally the Lord got very angry at his people and there was no one who could prevent his judgment.”
If you give freely and generously of your time and money, what can you expect to receive in return? Should you expect anything at all?One of the popular doctrines shared widely on television teaches that if you sow a gift (i.e., give money to a “ministry”) that you will reap far more more money in return. Is that our hope?
When teaching younger Bible school classes, I usually have the kids read from the Bible. I don’t do this just for the academic act of reading, I do this so I can challenge them to open their eyes and see what is there.
Isn’t faith the opposite of fear? If we want to overcome fear, shouldn’t we focus upon faith?Yes, however greater clarity is needed. To overcome fear we need to focus upon a form of faith that is obtainable and reliable in every situation – thanksgiving brimming with faith fulfills the needed prescription. Here’s why.
He was different. Very strange. In that strangeness he caught their attention. But they still spoke evil of him, even while being immersed in water by him.
We need to get rid of the weights that hold us back. Runners train with weights on their legs so that they build up endurance and strength. American baseball players before they take their turn at bat add weights to the bat as they prepare to hit the ball. But when it comes to running the race or batting for their team they take off the weights so they can do their best. The runner wants to run with endurance.
We ought to forget the past — that is, our past — whether it be good, in man’s eyes, like the apostle Paul’s, or bad, full of sins and vices, or oppressive, when we suffered at the hands of others. We ought to remember Christ’s past: his life, death, resurrection, and future blessedness.
There are many ways to categorize people. One that I sometimes use has to do with how we schedule our pleasures. Some like to do the best (most enjoyable) things first. That may be eating dessert before the meal, or taking one’s leisure breaks as early as possible. Others prefer saving the best till last. I am among the latter group. I always keep the best piece of chocolate in the box for the final treat.