Natural Freedom

Psalm 29; Isaiah 1:1–4, 16–20; Romans 8:1–8 Psalm 29, without question, is a praise of God. It observes God’s power, strength, and presence. Almost the entire Psalm is about who God is. The last verse, though, is different. It is more of a plea to God about the people of Israel. A cynical person could… Continue reading Natural Freedom

Live Freely

1 Corinthians 6:12–20; John 1:43–51 In the US, freedom is a significant cultural word. Often, we use language such as “free country”. The Declaration of Independence is quoted most often with, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,… Continue reading Live Freely

Obedience of Faith

Nehemiah 9:26–38, John 5:19–29 (read online) We struggle with obedience. We struggle with rules. We often don’t like the rules created by others, especially if we are to live by them. The reality is that rules do govern our lives. Sometimes the “rules” are not truly rules but are written descriptions of reality. The laws… Continue reading Obedience of Faith

Faithful Servanthood

Psalm 127, Matthew 25:14–30, Luke 22:35–38 The question is often asked, “when you get to Heaven, what do you want to hear?” The common answer is, “well done, good and faithful servant.” It is a feel-good statement. Truthfully, we would all like to hear that from God. In the parable, the servants were given money… Continue reading Faithful Servanthood