• Rest

    “Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.  For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”  Hebrews 4:1-2 (NASB95) In this world, there are many things that can cause fear in our hearts.  There are those things that we can voluntarily subject ourselves to that will produce a response of fear which we call entertainment – rollercoasters, mountain climbing, scary movies, etc.  Then there are those things…

  • Credit Where Credit is Due

    I am so grateful for the eternal change that was brought into my life as a 26 year old young adult.  My life was a wreck in so many ways that I really didn’t have much hope for the future.  But in the midst of my despair and helplessness caused by my sin, God intervened in such a way that at times I am still at a loss for words to explain it.  But the one thing I do know, God was the One who changed me forever; through His Son Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit, for the glory of the Father. So maybe in writing this I am…

  • So…You’re a Sinner?

    “Either sin must drown or the soul burn.”  – Thomas Watson,  The Doctrine of Repentance I am so thankful that God is in the business of restoring lives from the ravages and tragedy of sin.  I am so thankful that in Christ, we have been and are being transformed into new creatures who have been delivered from the power of darkness and  translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son.  I am so grateful for the Son who has allowed us entrance through the narrow gate leading to life and for the Holy Spirit’s ministry that trains our feet to walk confidently on paths of righteousness for His name’s sake according to the Father’s plan.  I…

  • The Importance of Resurrection

    If I was to ask you of all the truths that the bible teaches, which is the most important, what would you say?  We could say the proof of the existence of Almighty God and His act of creation.  We could say His love for that fallen creation and sinful humanity.  We could say the doctrine of the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin, teaches us, and empowers us to live holy, God-honoring lives.  We could say the teachings regarding eschatology (end times) including the believer’s future in heaven and the unbeliever’s torment in hell.  We could say a lot of different things and I’m not so sure we could narrow it down…

  • Musings from Mark – Patches and Wineskins

    I am trying a new approach to my bible study this year.  Instead of reading straight through the bible from cover to cover, or sticking to a daily reading plan, I am instead focusing on a certain book for a month at a time.  In the course of a month’s time, I will read that book straight through from start to finish several times.  In January, my focus was Ephesians.  Since that was a smaller book, I was often able to read it through once in my morning devotions and again during my evening devotions.   But this month, I am attempting a longer book, the gospel of Mark.  It’s…

  • The Go-Between

    Have you ever had to use a mediator before?  Or maybe that word is foreign to you.  A mediator is a person who attempts to make people involved in a conflict come to an agreement.  It is a go-between.  It is a diplomat of sorts.  It is a connection point that allows you to get to a final destination or desire.  So let me ask again, have you ever had to use a mediator before? Actually, we use them all of the time.  For instance, we use mediators when we elect a president or other government official to represent the wishes of a group of people.  If you have ever had…