Standing With God

Turning Your Own Way The love of God is not dependent upon who we are but who He is. We are incapable of earning God’s affection. Isaiah, the prophet to the nation of Israel, said: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on…

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Living in the Shadow of Religion

Religion is a powerful motivator. Religion can motivate a child to become a monster who will strap on explosives and become a mass-murderer. Religion will devalue certain people groups based on ethnicity or for not holding the same religious views that are taught by their religious dogma. The more people become exposed and educated about not just…

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Are You Good Enough?

Jesus was a great teacher… a prophet, healer and friend. These character qualities alone would qualify Jesus as a saint but would not allow Him to be received by God. Jesus was a man who was:  “…despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces…

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Lust or Love?

Void of… Most people do not love but lust. Lust is understood as the excitement of the mind, that is, longing after something. When people say they love some kind of food they are really saying they are excited about or are longing to have it. People who are void of God’s Spirit are void of love….

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Are You A Shut-In?

  “The Lord shut him in.” (Gen 7:16b) When we prepare for the night most of us check our doors to ensure they are locked and secure. We secure our homes because we want to feel safe from danger and harm from the evil workers. The truth is that locks on our doors are only a deterrent…

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Do You Go to Church?

  Many people, when asked about their relationship with God, will offer up some religious credential. Some will lay claim to membership in some church group or have been baptized or some other religious activity. Others, when asked about their standing with the God of creation, will hold on to some supernatural religious experience.  The…

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Who Do You Think You Are?!

Do you think you have a right to have God answer your questions? Do you question God’s right to oversee and direct His creation without question? Many people demand why God allows, what we view as ‘great injustices’, to happen. In the account of the life of Job, we see such a case. Job had wrapped himself…

(3 Ratings)

Repentance or Confession

Revealing the Nature of Evil If you are a child of God these words define your new life:  “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.” (Psa 97:10) To experience salvation, one must not only call on the name…

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Knock Knock

Where is Your Focus? Living a lifestyle that is full of multitasking makes it difficult to give the proper attention to any single activity or responsibility in our lives. Benjamin Franklin is often misquoted with the expression, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” What he said was not “master of none” but “master of one.” To…

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Living in Fear and Doubt

The Moment of Doubt Living in fear and doubt is not limited to just the weak and powerless. Moses was a great man of faith and was endowed with the power to open the Red Sea with a simple wooden staff. Yet we find in this man of faith, fear and doubt. Moses, seeing the vastness of the responsibility…

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Onward Christian Soldiers

To the Victor Belongs the Spoils The face of war is ugly. People die, cities are razed and left in ruins and wealth is transferred to the victor. We find such an example of the outcome of warfare in the accounting of one of the many battles that were fought by the Children of Abraham. In this…

(6 Ratings)

Are You a Cross-Carrying Christian?

Set Free! God is in the liberating business. We find in the scripture these words, “…ye have been called unto liberty.” (Gal 5:13) We have not been set free only to be in bondage to sin or to a system of belief. When the nation of Israel was repatriated to Zion, the Psalmist declared: “The Lord hath…

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Looking For Loopholes

The Original Answer Book Reading the Bible is the first step in understanding God and His work in your life. Many of life’s questions can be answered as we read the word of God. Apostle Paul told Timothy:  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for…

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Furnish Your Soul

Search the Scriptures What is the purpose of the Holy Scripture? Was it left behind as a road map to finding riches and health? Was God’s motivation for His Spirit speaking through men to give a code of living that would bring His blessings? Why did God leave a record of Himself to the world?…

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Why Am I Still Here?

Heaven Bound Why don't followers of Jesus just go to Heaven when they are saved? This is the question often asked and seldom answered. Jesus said: “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” (John 17:15) Jesus did not come to collect…

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God’s Graffiti

Disregard for God Belshazzar was having a party. In the midst of the singing, dancing and drinking God makes an appearance. The king had made a serious mistake. Belshazzar, inebriated and in his drunkenness, had called for the  "…golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at…

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Love Him Back!

Access to His Love through the Cross of Jesus Many people believe that if they love God that He will love them back but God’s word tells a different story. The Bible reveals “We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) Humanity turned its collective back on God when Adam invoked the curse of sin and death…

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Broken Bows

Free from the Darkness of the Evil One The Psalmist, speaking of God’s power over the enemies of Israel, states that He destroyed their weapons of war. He said this in the city of Jerusalem, and in the presence of God in His tabernacle: “There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and…

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 God, Where Are You?

Have you Drifted Away? God, where are you? Many silently and some openly ask this question when difficult times are lived out in our lives. Has God left you? Have you drifted away in the sea of sin to some place that God cannot find you? Life is full of trouble and difficulty and God’s people…

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Buy One Get One Free?

BOGO Many are looking for the best deals for Christmas presents this time of the year as the last minute shoppers are seeking gifts that are prompted by the tradition of the season. In the ads you see, merchants are discounting prices. They are offering buy one get one free (BOGO) discounts, seeking to gain…

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Unseen Miracles

God's Hedge of Protection “And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”  Genesis 21:6 The miracles of God sometimes are so self-evident that we cannot help but express our gratitude and thanksgiving – like Sarah when Isaac was born – for God’s personal intervention into…

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Who Holds the Key that Opens Heaven’s Gate?

Jesus, speaking of Himself, said to the church in Philadelphia that He held “…the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” (Rev 3:7) Jesus is the only one who holds the power over sin and death; the power over sin that has separated mankind from God’s…

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Does God’s Grace Change?

God’s grace is multifaceted and is experienced daily in all of God’s creation. It is God’s grace that provides for all His creation to continue to exist regardless of their relationship with Him. Jesus, teaching His followers how to love not just the loveable but the unlovable, makes this observation about God’s grace, “…for he…

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How Will You Be Remembered?

A faithful follower of Jesus knows that it is difficult to be consistent in our daily walk with God. Jesus, summing up the entire law of God said: “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and…

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The Truth About Sin

Exposing Sin God establishes His righteousness by rejecting sinners from His presence because of the caustic nature of sin. Sin’s work in humanity always brings death. Death of hope, death to relationships, death in the physical body and spiritual death. The Apostle Paul, speaking to the issue of God’s law, said: “Was then that which…

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Stalking the Sinner

  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Pe 5:8) As true as these words of the Apostle Peter are, it is even more so true that God’s grace is seeking out the sinner. We find that the grace of God…

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Tell the Story

Never Grow Tired      The intended purpose of these web postings is to be a source of edification, inspiration and education to the redeemed in Christ. The last stanza of the old hymn “I Love To Tell The Story”, written by Katherine Hankey, states, “I love to tell the story for those who know it best, seem hungering and thirsting…

(3 Ratings)

Moderate Christianity

Are You a Liar? Is it possible for a follower of Jesus to sin? God’s word declares this is not only possible but it is an absolute fact the gospel-born-again do indeed sin: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say that we have not sinned,…

(3 Ratings)

Sing!

Walking in the Blessings of God A song is never far from the from the lips of God’s people. We sing songs of joy at the birth of a child. In fact, Mary, the mother of Jesus, broke out in a song after hearing Elisabeth, the soon-to-be mother of John the Baptist, words, “…Blessed art thou among women, and…

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Friend for Life

More than just a Friend! Many ramifications in our life are not trappings we pack on own but are the result of the choices others make for us as children. My family lived a nomadic life as my father followed work to provide for our family and as a result; we often lived in several towns…

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Stumbling in the Dark

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4) Willful Ignorance The folk wisdom adage “There are none so blind as those who will not see” has been around for centuries in different forms. Jonathan Swift, born in the 18th Century, was best known for his satirical works and is the person most often given credit…

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Trusting God’s Work

Trust and Obey Have you ever felt that God has left you alone to face the problems, trials and tribulations in your life? If so, you are not alone. John the Baptist was chosen by God and given a special revelation of who Jesus was and what God’s plan for Jesus would be. God’s word gives this…

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Hope and  Grace

Conquering our Thoughts Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Pe 1:13) The battleground for spiritual victory for a follower of Jesus is found between the ears. Living in victory…

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Living Through Death

A Garden Prepared for Eternity When God spoke into existence His creation, death of humanity was not a part of the design. Plant life and animal life was fashioned to live, reproduce and pass away but not the crown of God’s creation. It was God’s intended purpose for Adam and Eve to have access to…

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Does God Really Care for You?

Living in this Sin-Filled World When times of trouble overcome a follower of Christ often a question of God’s compassion arises out of the trouble or tribulation that oppresses us as a result of living in this sin-filled world. It is not uncommon for faithful followers of Jesus to question God's concern over the conditions…

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Taking Charge

Addressing the Issue of Faith Living by faith is the power of Christian living. What does living by faith look like when it is employed in the life of a follower of Jesus? How we address the issue of faith and how we practice it will determine not only how our life is lived but…

(6 Ratings)

Are You Happy?

Are You Supremely Blessed? The word translated for happy in the Old Testament is understood as “blessed”. In the New Testament, the word happy is translated as “supremely blessed”. The happiness that is granted by exposure to the world is temporary and often leads to difficulty and trouble. Happiness that is experienced in a proper…

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Losing Faith

Abandoning the Faith Are you a parent whose child has walked away from their Christian faith? You are not alone. It is reported that over 80 percent of children of Christian families abandoned their faith by the time they reach the age of majority. The loss of the children in Christian families is often the topic…

(4 Ratings)

Changing the Heart Changes Minds

Agents of Change Should a follower of Jesus be expected to renounce the acts of others for the sake of unity with fellow Christians?  Following the violence in Charlottesville, over the protest of removing the historical statute of Robert E. Lee, the African American Network released a document titled “Charlottesville Declaration." The document was created and signed by…

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Poverty by Birth

A Self-Inflicted Problem A recent Washington Post/Kaiser Family poll claimed there exists a judgmental view in religious people exercised towards people who live in poverty. The pollsters noted:  “White evangelicals are more likely than any other group to believe that the poverty of the poor is their own fault.” The outcome of the poll records…

(3 Ratings)

Will Marriage Survive in American Culture?

The Traditional Marriage The foundation of marriage was undermined long before former President Obama decided not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages) in February 2011. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, on June 26, 2015, that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, this was not the end…

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Fixing Stupid People – The Solution – Part II

The Remedy is God's Grace Christian author and theologian C.S Lewis said: “You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” Everything has a beginning, middle and ending. We have no control how we begin. We do not choose where we are born, who we…

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Misunderestimated Christian Ideology

  The word “misunderestimated” is a blend of misunderstand +‎ underestimate; used by former president George W. Bush in Bentonville, Arkansas; November 6, 2000. This is one of the many words that became known as “Bushisms." Bushisms are unconventional uses of the English language that were used by former President of the United States George…

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Fixing Stupid People

Foolishness is Bound in the Heart of a Child   “I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly (stupid), even of foolishness and madness:” (Ecc 7:25) Stupid People! Is an expressive, trite remark often employed as a descriptive platitude when…

(3 Ratings)

Overcoming Conflict in the Body of Christ

  Peace with God and our fellow followers of Jesus is not a desire we seek to achieve but rather is a gift from God. The Apostle Paul’s encouragement for believers to “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts,” is not just practical advice but is a reminder of Jesus’ work in the life of…

Disharmonious Worship

  “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Co 14:40) Without a doubt, church music has been the greatest divider in the Lord’s Church in the past 5 decades. Unlike doctrinal divisions, music does not have a source of authority to resolve the issues that music preferences bring into the fellowship. Biblical distinctives…

(5 Ratings)

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

Exposed Lies "Liar, liar pants on fire" was a trite platitude expressed when one of your siblings or friend's lies were exposed. The truth of the matter is after Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden, all of the descendants of Adam are a fallen sin riddled race and are liars. To make the…

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Are you a Hyphenated Christian?

How do You Identify? People seeking to separate themselves from “mainstream” Christianity often add grammatical modifiers to create hyphenated words. The intended purpose of hyphenating Christianity with other words is to separate true Christianity from other religious groups. Adding modifiers helping people identify as true Christians is not a modern-day movement. People seeking to separate themselves from others in…

(3 Ratings)

How Far Will You Go?

Who Influences You? Setting boundaries in relationships differ from person to person but how and where we “draw the line” will contribute greatly to our peace with God and with mankind. It is clear in God’s word that who we allow to have influence in our lives is critical, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good…

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Rattling the Saber

Tell us, when shall these things be? It seems like the world is on fire with war. It is not that the world has ever known peace, the world has been at war for the entire history of humanity. Many are living in fear that North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un's "saber rattling" will lead…

(3 Ratings)

Wounded Hearts and Broken Spirits

Why me! Is an often-uttered comment when people find themselves in difficult or broken relationships. The truth of the matter is we often are the authors or significantly contribute to the problems in our lives. This also holds true in the condition of our relationships with the people in our lives. The words we speak…

(9 Ratings)

Swimming in the Sewer

Rain Storms Bring Welcome Relief Born and raised in the fifties into a poor family in Oklahoma, we took advantage of every form of entertainment when it came available. One of my favorite distractions was summer rain storms. I always looked forward to heavy rain storms. Not only did they bring welcome relief in the…

(6 Ratings)

Ship Wrecked on Christian Island

Welcome to my Group An often quoted proverb “Great minds think alike” has its roots in the 17th century and has been re-cast by many in the last 5 centuries. The commonly accepted understanding of this axiom is when you find someone else holding the same opinion or have the same ideas about a subject, you include…

(3 Ratings)

Abundance or Impoverished

The Collector Chapter 30 is one of the two chapters in the book of Proverbs not written by Solomon. A man named Agur takes credit for this chapter. Agur's name is derived from the Hebrew word that is understood as “collector.” Perhaps his name is descriptive of Agur’s behavior and habits.    Agur self-defines himself as…

(3 Ratings)

Punked by the Preacher

What Does God's Word Really Say? "Punked" as described by an easy online search is a way to describe someone ripping you off, tricking you, teasing you or disrespecting you. It is spiritually depressing to consider how many people do not seek to know what God’s word actually says and means.  Have you heard or…

(7 Ratings)

Did I Say That?

Effective Communication is Vital Often what we say is not what people hear. The opposite is also true when what we thought what we said is not what was communicated. The ability to effectively communicate our thoughts and ideas in both the written and the spoken form is the key to a productive and successful…

(9 Ratings)

Forgiveness or Failure

To Err is Human; To Forgive Divine A 17th– century poet, Alexander Pope, in his poem An Essay on Criticism, made this observation on human behavior: “Good-Nature and Good-Sense must ever join; To err is Human; to Forgive, Divine.” This quote has been adapted and applied to the power and need for forgiveness when people are wronged….

(16 Ratings)

Overcomer or Overwhelmed

God Has Made You an Overcomer As a follower of Jesus, you are declared by God as an overcomer. Often Christians are intimidated and overwhelmed in their attempts to please God and His people. Rest assured, regardless of how defeated you feel when facing fears and failures in seeking after the Saviour, remember God has…

(3 Ratings)

Message, Method or Messenger?

The Power of the Gospel The power of the gospel is undeniable. The Apostle Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth… (Rom 1:16) The question is not "Does the Gospel have the power to save?" but…

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The Power of Fear

Fear Not Fear is a powerful force in the human psyche. Fear can empower you to avoid life experiences that would harm you physically, emotionally or spiritually. Fear can also render you powerless to react to a dangerous life situation. Fear is a major consideration in God’s word. God addresses fear and how it affects…

(5 Ratings)

A Tower to Heaven or a Path to Rebellion

Replenish the Earth After Noah and his family left the Ark, built at God’s direction, God revealed His reason for the deliverance of Noah’s family of eight. God instructed Noah’s family to, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.”(Gen 9:1) Humanity had not changed as the outcome of the flood. Sin and rebellion still…

(8 Ratings)

Is God Absolute or is Relative Authority Factual in Morality?

Can Morality be Mandated? Who or what is granted the right to regulate or set standards in any given matter? What authority or power gives a person, institution or government the right to regulate what is right or wrong behavior? Can morality be mandated or immorality be justified by personal or collective conscious? Situational ethics…

(3 Ratings)

Is That the Gospel?

Gospel = Good News! I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel…

(3 Ratings)

Are you Religious?

What is Religion? Merriam Webster defines religion as: the service and worship of God or the supernatural, commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance or a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices. This rather ambiguous definition of 'religion' allows for religious groups that number from 10 major groups to over…

(3 Ratings)

The Walking Dead

The First Living Soul In the book of Revelation Jesus introduces Himself as, "I am He who lives, and became dead.” Jesus was the first living soul to walk the earth after Adam. After God had spoken into existence all we know as heaven and earth, He formed Adam from the dust of the earth…

(8 Ratings)

Contending with Conflict in God’s Family

Exposing our Flaws Conflict is a natural part of life. How we contend with the conflict that comes our way will determine the outcome of our relationships, self-esteem, and spiritual life. When we allow people to have access and influence in our life, we will encounter conflict. How we respond to this conflict–that is sure to…

(3 Ratings)

Shepherds or Wolves

Who is Seeking Truth? There are biblical critics challenging the authority of scripture and questions asked by seekers of truth seeking to establish scriptural authority. Biblical critics seek to establish divisions in followers of truth in their examination of God’s word. It is not difficult for a follower of Christ to discern who is seeking truth…

(2 Ratings)

Are You Living in Faith?

Rooted in God's Word   The foundation of faith for all followers of God must be rooted in His word. The very nature of God is truth and His Word holds the power to set us apart from the world while we are in the world. Jesus, praying for His disciples the night before His crucifixion,…

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What is a Local New Testament Church?

Two Identities The Church of God has two identities. One identity is all the born-again followers of Jesus from the birth of the Lord’s Church until Jesus’ return to earth, ending the time of grace and favor of God granted through faith in His Son. This church is theologically referenced as the Universal Church. The other…

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Is it Unchristian to Behave Like a Christian?

Exclusivity of Christianity Senator and former failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders expressed his displeasure and disgust concerning the exclusivity of Christianity in matters of soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) during his questioning of Russ Vought, President Trump’s cabinet appointment for Deputy Budget Director. Expressing his views on basic Christian beliefs concerning the need for redemption through faith…

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What I Said is Not What You Heard

What do you Hear? I have found when presenting the hope of the gospel of Jesus, many times what I said is not what people hear. I speak the words of hope and they hear the words of judgment. In love, I share the truth of God’s word and they hear my opinion on the subject…

The Faces of War

“Older men start wars, but younger men fight them.” ~ Albert Einstein  “Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.” ~ Herbert Hoover War is Not a Crime Wars are waged by old men but fought by the young is the reality of warfare. Ernest Hemingway was young and…

A Debt We Cannot Pay 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses…

Angels Unawares

Who are you Entertaining? “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous…

Lying Down with the Dogs

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.” This verse is often employed by biblically illiterate people as a rebuttal when immoral sexual behavior is identified as sin. This verse is rarely employed when other moral failures described in the bible are “judged.” The passage containing the words “Judge not that ye be not judged” originates…