Our Mortality

A Hard Reality with a Real Answer Psalm 89:48 48 What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? The hard reality that I have in mind is that we are mortal. In hospitals around the world the dying are isolated while the vitals are being…

So as Not to Offend

In Matthew 17 Jesus informed his disciples that because they are sons of God they are, therefore, exempt from the temple tax. Nevertheless, they should pay it in so as not to give offense to them (v 27). Jesus’s followers will live among the Jews in Jerusalem for another 40 years. The temple will remain,…

Have You Eaten the Flesh of the Son of Man?

Have you eaten the flesh of the Son of Man? Now that is a provocative question, suggesting gory cannibalism. But this comes from Jesus, who regularly made provocative claims about himself. So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his…

Book Recommendation

For Calvinism by Dr. Michael Horton. Christians unfortunately can divide over trivial matters. But sometimes a matter is very weighty and worthy dividing over. One matter that every Christian should think through and come to definite convictions about concerns the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace and free will. Basically Christians have fallen into two traditions…

Giving of the Increase

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy 1 Timothy 6:17 America’s biggest problems as it relates to God is not abortion, as heinous as that is. Now…

God is Good

I once heard a speaker, who I do not know, say that Nazism in Germany rose because that society’s loss of belief in hell. The lost not merely belief in God but belief in the Holy God of the Bible. His thesis is correct. Belief in the judgment of God deters evil. Many, however, hold…

Synod Appreciation

Grace Reformed Church has finished hosting the 270th Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States. The meeting went very well. Delegates came from churches located in various parts of the country. In Reformed church government, we have three levels of authority. The first is the at the local level called the Spiritual Council,…

God Shines His Face on the Meek

God Shines His Face on the Meek. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth (Matt. 5.5). Who will rule the world, who will get ahead, who succeeds? Who are the winners and the losers in life? Who inherits the earth? A woman says that when she goes to the movies she always…

Breaking Taboo for the Gospel

“How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” John 4:9  Jews usually traveled around the land of Samaria rather than go through it, unless they had necessary reason. Even then there were rules. If while in Samaria a Jew were walking and saw a Samaritan coming…

Bear Your Own Load

  As followers of the humble Christ, we should put away our innate vainglory—meaning, what we intentionally do to get the attention and acknowledgment of others. Vainglory is distinguished from true glory. If we are good and do good, then there will be a measure of attention and acknowledgement accorded to us. This kind of positive attention…