Godly Leaders are Careful Leaders

My sister-in-law and her husband, a pastor, recently purchased an old home in an urban neighborhood where they are planting a church. Their house is old but their children are young. It is important for their health and their parents’ sanity) that the kids get all the sleep they need.[…]

Grace is a Gift, Not a Wage

When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day’s pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high[…]

Resurrection and Christian Risk-Taking

How could Paul do it? What was the source of this radical obedience? The answer is given in 1 Corinthians 15:20: “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” In other words, Christ was raised, and I will be raised[…]

Are You Covered By the Blood of Christ?

And do you see, my Hearers, a glorious parallel? They had to sprinkle the blood and also to eat the lamb. Ah, my Soul, have you ever had the blood sprinkled on you? Can you say that Jesus Christ is yours? It is not enough to say, “He loved the[…]

God Covenants with Eternal Beings!

Does the eternal God covenant with creatures that shall live only to threescore years and 10 and then shall go out like a candle-snuff? How can He be a God to them? I understand how He can be a helper and a friend to men of brief existence, but I[…]

Death is not a Change of Relation to God

Jesus held that God’s describing himself to Moses as Abraham’s God, Jacob’s God, and Isaac’s God referred not merely to a part relationship which no longer existed. By his very nature God is the God not of the dead but of the living. In calling these patriarchs into covenant with[…]

On Church and State

We shall do well to remember, that of all questions which have perplexed Christians, none have ever proved so intricate and puzzling, as the class of questions which the Pharisees and Herodians here propounded. What are the dues of Caesar, and what are the dues of God–where the rights of[…]

Do Not Trifle With the Grace of the Son

Such is He who pleads with you! So majestic and so compassionate, so great and yet so good—will you refuse Him? If I plead with you, I am but as you are—flesh of your flesh. But if Jesus speaks to you, I beseech you by the Glory of His Godhead,[…]

Spiritual Blind Spots

We can always see the spiritual blindness of our forefathers, but never our own, by the very perversity that is the irony of human nature. R. Alan Cole “Mark”

True Obedience is Complete Obedience

It is disobedience, and not obedience which prompts us to select from the commands of Christ which ones we care to obey. If you say, “I will do what Christ bids me as far as I choose,” you have, in fact, said, “I will not do what Christ bids me,[…]