Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Not Forgetting God’s Law

Psalm 119:57-64, “57 The Lord is my portion; I promise to keep your words. 58 I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. 59 When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies; 60 I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments. 61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law. 62 At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules. 63 I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts. 64 The earth, O Lord, is full...

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Will You Join the Refrain? Worship and the Sevenfold Voice of Almighty God in Psalm 29

We really are at the mercy of powers out of our control. The freezing temperatures of recent days have caused us to huddle together in the cold. We are reminded again that despite all our progress we are at the mercy of creation’s elements. I cannot help but remember the story about two front-page photographs in a local small-town English newspaper. One of the photographs was a picture of sheep huddled together in the freezing cold. The other photograph correctly captured a snapshot of the local town council obviously gathered close together as they debated some village matter. It must...

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The Word of God in Times of Trouble

Psalm 119:49-56, “49 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. 51 The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law. 52 When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O Lord. 53 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law. 54 Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning. 55 I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law. 56 This blessing has fallen to me,...

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God, the Holy Spirit

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). The Holy Who? If we are honest with ourselves, this is the way many of us, even Christians, feel when the subject of the Holy Spirit comes up in a conversation, a sermon, or—yes—an article like this one. We are familiar with “our Father, which art in heaven” and we all know that Jesus is the One that died for us on the cross… but the Holy Spirit, rather than being a person or even a concept to us, is more like a...

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Walking in the Wide Places

“Mom, all of these rules are ruining my life!” One little boy shouted as they were playing around a public swimming pool. Right off the top of your head, you know the rules that this little boy was talking about:  no diving, no running, no big splashes, no food or drinks around the pool, and the list goes on and on. I remember listening to this boy, who could not have been any older than eight years old, say this, and I thought, “He is exactly right! All of these rules do seemingly take the fun out of the...

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