We Were Made to Love

We were made to love. Love God, our spouses, our children, our community—everyone. But sin changed everything. What God created to be a blissful experience of mutual trust became a lifetime of suspicion and jealousy. Adam and Eve’s lack of trust is inherited by their children. Culminating in Cain’s jealousy, and eventual murder, of his […]

Into your hands I commit my spirit!

Luke 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Jesus did not say this because his spirit was about to become some disembodied vapor leaving His body on it’s way to heaven. Ecclesiastes 9:5 is clear, “for […]

Walk Softly in the Sanctuary

When I was a kid, growing up in the church, I heard a lot of phrases like: “Walk softly in the sanctuary.” “Talk quietly in the church.” “Be reverent” There was always a strong emphasis on reverence, (which basically just meant being quiet). I have since learned reverence is so much more than that. I […]

Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven

“In the Episcopal order of worship, the priest sometimes introduces the Lord’s Prayer with the words, ‘Now, as our Savior Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say…’” (1). In Hebrews 4:16 it also connects prayer with the act of being bold. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we […]

On Preaching

Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. Whether we want to admit it or not preaching is a vital element to the life, and […]

We will Always Feel Indebted to Christ.

We will always feel indebted to Christ. John paints a picture through words in Revelation 4:10 (ESV) the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying. Many commentators suggest these elders are symbolic of redeemed […]