Posts from July 2013

Posts from July 2013

“JESUS LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW”

It’s a terrible thing not to know. When the doctor’s prognosis is not good, perhaps for the first time in his life, a Christian finds himself mugged by dark doubts.  The devil casts up on the screen of his memory the sins of years gone by.  He is suddenly seized with despair.  He thinks God doesn’t want him anymore.  He fails to remember that Jesus already knew about all…

“TO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S!”

The book of Ezra tells us how God’s Old Testament people came home from their 70-year captivity in Babylon.  They return home to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. Foundations are laid.  Hymns are sung.  There are shouts of joy mingled with tears over why all this was necessary in the first place. But now some years went by.  People got busy with other things.  Plowing…

CARPE DIEM!

The famous old Latin phrase was Carpe Diem! – “Seize the Day!”  The ancient slogan was revived some years ago in the movie, Dead Poets Society, and was fashioned into a song in the Disney musical, Newsies. The phrase “Seize the day!” is open to both a godless understanding and a Christian understanding.  The ancient Greeks and Romans and a lot of people down to 2013…

ENCOUNTERING CHRIST

There is an old saying that when the word of God is preached, a person is either converted or he gets angry. When Jesus Christ spoke, He inspired either the deepest devotion or the hottest anger from those who listened. Many in the modern church these days think they can change this.  They are embarrassed by what Paul called “the offense of the cross.” The spirit of the…