God is the ultimate Avenger

God is the ultimate Avenger and that’s a good thing.

God is the ultimate Avenger and that’s a good thing. “The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries and keeps wrath for His enemies” (Nahum 1:2). One of my kids asked me about this passage the other night. They were concerned and kind of distressed by it. I asked my kids what it is the comic book heroes the Avengers do. They responded that they […]

Law

What does God’s law do?

What does God’s law do? To answer that question we are going to look at the three types of law and the three uses of the law in the Bible. Three Types of Law In the Bible, there are three types of law. It is critical for our understanding and application of the Bible that […]

Noah's Ark

Noah’s Ark and the Bible’s Narrative Arc

“…the whole earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen. 6:11b-12). The story of Noah and his ark has always been a difficult story. Knowing the context of the story is helpful though. So, what was going […]

Will sin be possible in heaven?

To answer the question will sin be possible in heaven, there are a number of passages we should look at.  “…the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect“ (Hebrews 12:23).  “…those whom He foreknew He also predestined […]

In the shelter of the Most High

Sunday morning in church we were looking at Luke chapter one and my attention was drawn to verse 35.  The angel said to Mary, “the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”1 This phrase brings us to Psalm 91 verse 1: “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in […]

What Made Mary Special?

What made Mary special? Was there something in her background that made God choose her? Did she have a high place in society? Let’s look at some background to try to answer those questions. Mary was a young girl (maybe as young as thirteen) from an obscure town. Actually, when one of Jesus’ future disciples […]

Quotes from The Christian Faith by Michael Horton

“A mystery is inexhaustible, but a contradiction is nonsense.  For example, to say that God is one in essence and three in persons is indeed a mystery, but it is not a contradiction.  Believers revel in the paradox of the God who became flesh, but divine and human natures united in one person is not […]

10 Quotes from John Piper’s book, Future Grace

“The commandments of God are not negligible because we are under grace.  They are double because we are under grace” (John Piper, Future Grace, 168). “The way to fight sin in our lives is to battle our bent toward unbelief” (Piper, Future Grace, 219). “The faith that justifies is a faith that also sanctifies… The […]

Leader

How to Evaluate Christian Leaders?

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of Christian leaders be criticized or criticize, and even call other Christian leaders names because of disagreement on such things as politics, the pandemic, and policies regarding justice. And not surprisingly, those who are not leaders are also jumping into the fray and lobbing grenades too. How many people, however, […]

Disagreement Over Doctrine

Doctrine matters. Doctrine can cause delight or be very damaging. And sadly, false doctrine is more common than many people realize. It’s not just me that says deception and damaging doctrine is prevalent though. That’s what Scripture says (see Matt. 24:11, 24; Mk. 13:22; Acts 28:31). False teaching is not a small concern. There is […]

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