'God' Tagged Posts

'God' Tagged Posts

HEADLINES & DEADLINES

The people of Jesus’ day seized upon some “breaking news,” a recent headline (Luke 13:1-5).   Everyone was talking about it – the way we talk about mindless mass shootings in our cities, small children slaughtered at the hands of their own parents, natural disasters snuffing out lives by the hundreds and thousands. The Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, probably wanted to…

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

The central teaching of the Bible is that we are declared not guilty in God’s sight for the sake of Jesus our Substitute who lived, died and rose for us.  This “justification” of sinners is a done deal.  Paid in full. Finished. This gospel or good news of pardon is ours to personally enjoy when the Holy Spirit brings us to faith in Christ.   But something else happened…

“MORE THAN CONQUERORS”

Paul once talked about the gospel ministry in this way:  “Thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ. In a culture which measures success statistically and visibly, we might wonder how Paul could describe the preaching and teaching ministry as a triumphal procession.   Paul’s missionary journeys were marked by public floggings and imprisonments, by…

THE HIDDEN GOD

“Indeed, You are a God who hides Himself,” wrote the prophet Isaiah (45:15). Martin Luther wrote a great deal about this subject of “the hidden God.” Even when it comes to His beloved children, there are some things which God lets us in on, things which He clearly reveals to us in the Bible.  But there are other things over which God draws a curtain. He hides Himself.…

BACK TO BASICS – PART 2

Last week we went “back to basics” by considering what we often call “the first table of the law,” that is, the first three commandments which deal with our “vertical” relationship with God.  This week, we consider “the second table of the law,” the remaining seven commandments which deal with our “horizontal” relationship to our neighbor, to each other. A number of years…