In Leviticus 26:12–13 God declares, “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt . . .” (NASU). The middle two phrases present an expression of the covenant relationship between the Lord and His people. That relationship includes His personal presence (“I will walk among you”). This excludes any detached or aloof relationship. The divine title Immanuel (“God with us”) expresses such a close relationship.
For many Bible readers, biblical covenants seem like legal technicalities couched in ancient stipulations.… Continue reading
Over the past several weeks, I have had the privilege of meeting with some men in our church to do a study in Theology. These men (ages from 18-40) have all grown up in the church-culture, most have sat under excellent Bible teaching during their life, but they have never taken the time to read-consider theology. They approached me and asked if I could help them in this and I agreed. So far, it has been a blessing, stretching, challenging time and we have only dealt with “why study the theology?” and a bit of Bibliology (the study of the Bible).… Continue reading
The culture we live in is BIG into heroes. We love Superheroes, mutant heroes, guitar heroes, toy heroes, and Disney heroes. Heroes tend to be people (or cartoons) who do extra-ordinary feats that usually involve them putting their life on the line for someone else or a hero could just be someone we greatly admire, like a teacher or a parent, and strive to be somewhat like that person. The second definition I think it closer to what people call a hero. We all want to be a certain actor or musician and everything they do is awesome. They are our hero.… Continue reading
In a mere two weeks, probably the greatest conference for pastors and church leaders will commence. The Shepherd’s Conference. It is a gathering of men who God has called to lead and shepherd local flocks of church members from all over the world. Some of these men hold higher level degrees, while others hold no formal Bible/theology training, but make up for it in multiple decades of faithful church & gospel ministry. The one thing they all have in common: they all love the Lord Jesus Christ, His Word, and His church. They are men who have personally surrendered their lives to Jesus and are tirelessly engaged in advancing the kingdom of the one true God through daily church ministry.… Continue reading