Thanks for stopping by! Welcome to the master list. I plan to do a lot of writing on this platform. This is my attempt at bringing some order to the potential chaos. I have two clear purposes for putting this list together:
I hope you find something helpful. Don’t forget to check back often as the list will be constantly updated.
If you could choose one word to describe the state of the world right now, what would it be? I am confident that no one would answer, “peace.” The world is always talking about peace, even longing for peace, but never achieving peace. We have been a world at war ever since the fall in Eden. That brings us to our next beatitude.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.(Matthew 5:9, NASB)
What does it mean to be a peacemaker? …
I knew you
Before the sun’s first ray
Before creation was formed
Before the first good day
Before the worlds were born
I saw you
Beginning to end
Cradle to grave
Cursing My Name
All of your faults
Depth of your shame
When first you would hate Me
I loved you the same
I loved you
Before love was a word
Before Adam loved Eve
I set My eye upon you
My beloved to retrieve
I chose you
Nothing within you
To merit My favor
When making My choice
I used no measure
Aside from the fact that
Establish the worship of God in any house, and you erect around it a new barrier against the irruption of the world, the flesh, and the devil. (J.W. Alexander)
Let’s start with a story.
It is the practice in our home on most weekday mornings to wake the children and begin the day with family worship. We sing a hymn of the week, recite the catechism question of the week, read a few verses, and pray. It’s pretty simple.
The other day, I found myself wondering if it is even making a difference. All dads do that, right? …
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8, NASB)
What is it that you want most? What is your heart’s desire? That is the question this beatitude challenges us to ask. Here Jesus brings us into the inner chamber of our being to evaluate what is inside. He is not dealing with actions, but the passions and desires behind our actions. What is our motivation for the outward works we do, whether good or bad? Let’s dive in.
What does it mean to be pure in heart? Purity is not some abstract concept left to…
By now, we are all aware of the mess in Afghanistan. Everyone has a political take on it. I have my own and I’m sure you do too. But this post is not for a political take. It is for a large group of people who are hurting right now.
Just a few minutes ago, I saw a social media post by a friend of mine who is a veteran of Afghanistan. I could tell how much he was hurting. The immediate question that came to me was, “Is there any comfort for them?” The answer came almost as quickly…
Atheism doesn’t make sense. Atheists are constantly ridiculing Christians, claiming they are foolish to believe something so senseless. For just a second, I want to flip the script. In this post I want to briefly identify two (of the many) reasons Atheism doesn’t make any sense.
There are so many things in existence that cannot exist without, at the very least, an eternal, intelligent designer. Among these things are the invisible attributes and longings of the human heart.
For example, humanity has always had a natural longing for purpose. We are born with it. No one has to explain it…
The one who is not merciful is inevitably so unaware of his own state that he thinks he needs no mercy. (D.A. Carson)
For a long time I struggled with understanding today’s beatitude. It always came across to me as a works driven message, as if only those who display mercy (works) will receive mercy (reward). After all, that is how it seems to read.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matthew 5:7, NASB)
So do we show mercy to others just to earn God’s mercy? Of course not! It is by grace we are saved. There…