Month: October 2014

  • Learning the Love of Christ

    Paul’s second mind-blowing prayer request for the Ephesians in 3:14-21 is that they would come to know the full extent of the love of Christ even though that love is limitless. Unfortunately, we often think that Christ’s love is something we ‘learn’ at our salvation and that’s it. Paul, at least, thinks that it is […]

  • That ‘voice’ in my head

    In his small but powerful book Your God is Too Small, J. B. Phillips addresses an all too common phenomenon–the confusing of our conscience with God. He writes: There are many, even among professing Christians, who are made miserable by a morbidly developed conscience, which they quite wrongly consider to be the voice of God. Many […]

  • Growth by God

    “What makes the Christian a strong and genuine human is according to Eph. 3:16-19 not a noble capability implanted in him (or her) at the first creation and surviving the lapse into sin, but the ongoing visitation and strengthening by God. When God’s Spirit supplies strength–and when man or woman grows toward the Messiah who […]

  • What’s the big deal?

    In men’s breakfast this morning we discussed the story of the woman caught in adultery from John 8. The text is often used to suggest that Jesus dismissed the woman’s sin, excusing her. If Jesus had done so it would have been in defiance of the law. Would Jesus do that? But Jesus does not […]

  • Prodigal Grace

    The story of the prodigal son is, among other things, an amazing picture of grace. But it equally shows the varied human responses to grace. In the prodigal son we can see the two typical ways that people relate to life. He begins by demanding what he believes himself to deserve as a son–his inheritance. […]

  • Demonic Relationship Advice

    One of the things that I find so helpful about the writing of C. S. Lewis is how well he understands people, their habits, and thinking patterns. Consider these words from one demon to another in his The Screwtape Letters and see if they do not accurately depict realities that plague many relationships. When two humans […]