But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. — Matthew 15:18
by Jason Cruise
No turkey-hunting strategy is fail-proof. Experience, however, has taught me that a tom will often reveal the nature of his heart by what it takes to make him ...Continue Reading →
I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
It is difficult for us today to imagine the fear and insecurity that would plague Queen Esther, chosen solely on the basis of her beauty and appeal to the king. She was no princess with the clout of her father’s kingdom to enhance her position in the court. And when she was not summoned for thirty days, ...Continue Reading →
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing ...Continue Reading →
I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
Paul was like a father to his protégé, Timothy. And one of the things that concerned him most was that he look ...Continue Reading →
One of the oddities of history is the loss of the proper pronunciation of the Hebrew word YHWH, the personal and covenant name of God in the Old Testament. “Jehovah” is a spelling that developed from combining the consonants of the name with the vowels of a Hebrew word for “Lord” (Adonai). The Jews who do not read YHWH as ...Continue Reading →
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If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but ...
The theme of justice in the Bible reveals God’s loving and upright character, our own failure to act justly, the means by which we can be justified, and the need for God’s people to love justice.
We find in the Old Testament that the terms for judge, justice, and (civil) laws all derive from the same root. ...Continue Reading →