READ: Zechariah 9, Acts 5-6, 1 John 5 GOD WITH US There are certain things we know. We know these things because God came near and lived with us, because He lives in us by His Spirit, because His Word is our counselor (Psalm 119:24). John tells us that we know we have eternal life,…

READ: Ecclesiastes 2, Luke 21, Revelation 13 THE PATIENCE AND FAITH OF THE SAINTS Revelation wrecks havoc on any theology that has a high view of man. It is pretty clear that in the last days things will get pretty rough. In fact, “it was granted to him [the evil beast] to make war with…

READ: Proverbs 29, Luke 17, Revelation 9 REWARDS When the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith (Luke 17:5), He responds in two unlikely ways. First, He compares faith to a mustard seed; second, He links faith to doing our duty (v. 10). In His answers Jesus reveals an understanding of faith that runs counter…

READ: Proverbs 19, Luke 7, 3 John SUBMITTED FAITH  Jesus neither cries nor dances when we want Him to (Luke 7:32), for He is subject to neither our authority or our expectations. John the Baptist, who knew Jesus best, was still offended (or at least disappointed) in both what Jesus didn’t do and in how He…

I still have a lot to learn about trusting an unseen God and His unseen work. One of the implications of serving Jesus overseas is being away from my incredibly cute, smart nieces and nephew. I’m missing out on much of their growing up, but we stay in touch. Yesterday I got this email from…

READ: 2 Chronicles 13-15, Psalm 130, Mark 13, James 2 FAITH WORKS Martin Luther was evidently not very impressed with the book of James, allegedly calling it “the epistle of straw.” James’ contention that faith alone cannot save (James 2:14) seems to run counter to the whole Reformation message. James and Luther are probably still hashing…

READ: 2 Chronicles 1-3, Psalm 126, Mark 9, Hebrews 11 CRYING BY FAITH  What we don’t ask for defines us. Solomon did not ask for riches or honor or fame, and consequently was granted them all. In Mark, Jesus repeatedly asks those He healed and helped to NOT share news about Him. This seems strange…

READ: 2 Kings 13-15, Psalm 111, Matthew 22, 2 Timothy 4 ENDING WELL We are conversant with Paul’s summary of his end: “I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith, I have finished the race” (2 Tim. 4:6). Let’s not forget that his head was chopped off. Ending well has nothing to…

READ: Judges 7-9, Psalm 75, John 7, Galatians 2 FRONTIER FAITH Cutting the frontier takes a unique forged faith. Those who camp next to hell still live in the flesh and pursue heaven’s aims from the flawed position of the fallen. They live a life in the flesh of faith (Gal. 2:20). Frontier faith has…

READ: Deuteronomy 31-32, Psalm 63, Luke 19, 2 Corinthians 3 ENCIRCLED AND OVERSHADOWED Encircled. Moses entrusts his legacy to a song. Recounting the journey from death and bondage to life and freedom, Moses realizes that what we sing we remember. Moses’ song served as a reminder to God’s people that though we wander though much of…

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