God’s Bottle of Tears: Walking with Unseen Sorrows

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8)

man-in-fogIt’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Or is it?

Even for those who celebrate the fact that two millennia ago God became a man and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus of Nazereth and that this Jesus will one day return to the world in victory over sin and death, Christmas time is not an entirely joyful season.  For some, the holidays are a very difficult time, characterized (for various reasons) by bouts with discouragement and even depression. … Continue reading

“You Are My People”–How Should We Live?

slide_jer-7_23God said to Israel, “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people” (Leviticus 26:12 NASU). The middle two phrases present an expression of the covenant relationship between the Lord and His people. In an earlier blog we covered the first major concept (“I will . . . be your God”) and discovered whom we should serve. Now we turn to the second major concept (“you shall be My people”) and how we should live for Him.

Jesus taught His disciples, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).… Continue reading

Jesus Will Provide (Even in the Wilderness)

loaves-and-fishMark 6:41-44  And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all.  42 And they all ate and were satisfied.  43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.  44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

The feeding of the five thousand. It is the only miracle Jesus performed prior to his crucifixion that all four Gospel writers saw fit to include in their accounts of his life and ministry (see Matt 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-15), no doubt for the unique and unforgettable way the miracle reveals Jesus’ glory as the great provider for his people.… Continue reading

Navigating a Lost World

HopeWe are only half way through the year and it seems the whole world in 2016 has been set on fire. Report after report of turmoil in our country and the rest of the world seem to snowball into even greater tragedies day by day. Murder, racism, terrorist attacks, government scandals, police killings, and the list goes on. At some level these atrocities came at a surprise to me. Another mass-shooting again? Another terrorist attack? Really? But on the other hand I also realize that the world is filled with sinful people who do sinful things. My heart continues to hurt for this sinful world.… Continue reading

Making My Theology Work: Living in an Understanding Way

MakingmytheologyworkOne of the key passages in scripture for Christian husbands is 1 Peter 3:7 which says “Likewise, husbands live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life so that your prayers may not be hindered.”

Too often living in an understanding way is taken to mean living in a way that you accommodate the wants and proclivities of your wife, and while that is largely true (with the important caveat that while servant leadership requires that you defer to the wants of your wife, you still must lead) that is not what this verse is saying.… Continue reading