Dwelling With God through the Gospel

I am not very old. But with each passing week (more accurately, with each passing failure) I am reminded more and more of how I need the gospel. The gospel is my only hope.  Without the gospel, I would be damned. This morning I read Psalm 91, and I focused on verses 1-2. The Psalmist…

Why should judgment cause rejoicing?

The fact that God will judge the world should cause his people to rejoice. Why? God’s judgment proves that he is a God who cares about justice, righteousness, and holiness. Psalm 98:4, 8-9 reminds of of this: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. …Let…

Jesus: The Greater David

Jesus isn’t just the greater Moses. He is also the greater David. In Psalm 78, the psalmist is reflecting on Israel’s rebellion against God after they were saved from slavery in Egypt. God was so gracious to his people despite their unfaithfulness. “Yet,” the psalmist wrote, “they sinned still more against him” (vv. 17, 40,…

Jesus Dies on the Cross

Part 5 of a 7 part series. View series intro and index. When Jesus hung on the cross, he had enough breath to speak even though his skin was ripped from his bones and his face was so disfigured that we wouldn’t have been able to tell who he was. He had enough breath to speak despite…

God Really Does Know Your Heart

In 2 Chronicles 32:31, we come across an interesting verse that seems to tell us that God has to test King Hezekiah’s heart to find out what is really there. The background is that Hezekiah was sick, near to death.  He was restored to health, then became proud in his heart, was threatened with wrath,…

I’m Thankful for Toilet Paper, Coffee Cake, and God’s Love for Himself

Here are some things I’m thankful for that don’t usually find a place in your average Sunday praise song: A quiet, dark morning with an open Bible A turned-off television Coffee cake Toilet paper Cars Enemies who hate me International vaccinations Notebook computers Sunshine reflecting off the frost Headphones Socks A God who loves himself…