Posts from November 2013

Posts from November 2013

THE MARRIAGE ARENA

Paul wrote one last letter to young pastor Timothy from death row, his “green mile,” in a Roman dungeon. The old lion in winter sounded a warning:  “Mark this:  There will be terrible times in the last days.” Today we mark the end of the liturgical church year.  Our thoughts turn to the end of this present world.  We see the truth of Paul’s warning all around us, don’t…

“PREPARE TO MEET YOUR GOD!”

You might be dating yourself if you remember that billboard on Highway 16 on the way to Sparta years ago.  On a black background were the ominous words from the prophet Amos:  “Prepare to meet thy God!”  Given the traffic history of Highway 16, especially in the days before the interstate, it was probably an appropriate sign. Actually, it’s appropriate for anyone,…

LIBERTY OR LICENSE?

Paul once framed an issue with a question so shocking that it hits us upside the head.  He asked the Christians at Rome:  “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?”  He hastened to answer the question:  “By no means!  God forbid!” There have always been people who turn liberty from sin into a license to sin.  There is a liberty that is really no liberty at all,…

THE MARRIAGE OF TRUTH & LOVE

The aged apostle John wrote 3 short little letters toward the end of the new Testament.  In the 13 verses of his second little letter, the word love appears 5 times, and the word truth appears 5 times. Pretty neat balance, wouldn’t you say?  A marriage made in heaven, don’t you suppose?  Truth and love.  The two go together.   It sure beats this phony marriage you hear so…