Adapted from Oswald Chambers, Morning and Evening, October 1 “After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves to be alone. He was transfigured in front of them” (Mark 9:2). Most have had those times on the spiritual mountain where we get to see things from … Continue reading The Power to Descend
Works DO Matter – 2 Peter 1:5-11
Works did afford salvation. Not our works - Just Jesus' works. BUT, our works matter; not only for growth in Christ, but for a slew of other reasons. See paraphrase below: Virtue + knowledge + self-control + steadfastness, + godliness + brotherly affection + love = "confirmation of your calling", "entrance into Jesus' kingdom", "hope … Continue reading Works DO Matter – 2 Peter 1:5-11
I bought this Bible at the bookstore of my college 20 years ago. I'd love to say it was a purchase based on need, but it was mostly out of envy. All the cool guys from Kansas City had a wide margin Cambridge KJV. It is a Cambridge but I didn't have the $150 to … Continue reading My Bible
This is an adaptation of C. H. Spurgeon's devotional thoughts on 1 John 4:19. Loves parent is the love of God shed abroad in the heart (Rom 5:5). After its divine birth, it must also be divinely cultivated. Love is an exotic plant. It will not flourish naturally in human soil because it is planted, … Continue reading Rocky Rose
The Dude Abides: Ambition
I'm reading a book right now by Dave Harvey called Rescuing Ambition. The main point of the book is that ambition by itself is not sinful but ambition that leads to idolatry is. The difference between selfish ambition and selfless ambition is whether the Goal is behind God, or if God is behind the goal. … Continue reading The Dude Abides: Ambition
Grew up in pastors home (check) Went to Christian school (check) Only missed church a handful of times in whole life (check) Went to Bible College (check) Married another pastor's kid (check) Begat 5 pastor's kids of my own (check) Have only ever been in ministry vocationally (check) Finally received assurance of salvation (check) It … Continue reading B-side Myself
Some of our best prayers say nothing more than “Help!”, but don’t allow the 140 character limit apply to your pleas to the Ancient of Days. God reads txt and tweet but that is not to supplant the anvil of agony of spirit nor the closet of quiet obedience.
Begotten vs. Double-Minded
Here are some devotional thoughts on James 1:5-8 and John 3:16.