Grace and Mercy. These two words are often used together in the New Testament.
Detailed definitions are often given in word studies and commentaries about the meanings and differences in grace and mercy. However, my friend and preaching colleague, Ken Green, posted the following on facebook that says it very eloquently. Continue reading
Today is February 19, 2017. It’s just another day. Or is it?
For some it might be a special. An anniversary. A birthday. (Like my wife, Norma Jean). Or some other significant occasion.
Maybe for others it’s a day to relax. Sleep in. Play golf. Or go fishing.
For the workaholic, it might be a day to catch up on some project before Monday. Continue reading
We live in a culture today that has elevated one’s personal happiness to an inordinate, unhealthy, and definitely unscriptural priority.
Leo Rosten, the Polish born Jewish writer once wrote, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make some difference that you lived at all. Happiness, in the ancient, noble verse, means self-fulfillment and is given to those who use to the fullest whatever talents God or luck or fate bestowed upon them.” Continue reading
Dr. Charles Stanley raised the question in one of his posts, “If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?”
“Your answer,” says Dr. Stanley, “reveals a lot about who you are.”
The psalmist penned, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). Continue reading
This morning I’m preaching on “Love is Kind” from 1Corinthians 13:4. Here’s a touching story from that lesson about Joseph Bayly. Three of his seven children died at young ages. So he was intimately acquainted with the pain of death and was all too familiar with what he once called the enemy’s “grim violence.”
From Bayly’s book, A View from the Hearse, he shares this emotional encounter following the burial of one of his sons. Continue reading
“It’s not a stretch to say that the entire Bible is a book about love,” writes my friend and fellow preacher, Eric Reynolds, from Fayetteville Tennessee.
Eric continues this thought with these Biblical observations. “Jesus says the greatest commands are to love God and love your neighbor, and that all the law and the prophets hang on these two commands.” (Matt 22:37-40) Continue reading
In the last week of Jesus’ life, he again finds the temple defiled by the religious leaders. They had turned the court where Gentiles could come and learn about God into a mercenary business, instead of a missionary business.
Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves” (Matt 21:13). Continue reading