Grace…

had a cost... "Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; He has put him to grief;" Isaiah 53:10a "Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without…Read more Grace…

The Departed…

The Bible has many places where it says something that is clear in it's meaning on first reading, but the more you read it, the more sobering it becomes. In Proverbs 2, it says this: So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of…Read more The Departed…

Rejoice…

...even when it's hard. "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and…Read more Rejoice…

Single-minded…

God, please help me to be of one mind in ALL that I do, pleasing you... Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If…Read more Single-minded…

The Heart of the matter…

"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?  “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”"  Jeremiah 17:9-10 I don't know about you, but that's pretty sobering to me, not to mention terrifying on many levels...