Not I, But the Grace of God

How do you think or talk about the good things that you do in life?   When you do that extra service at church, when you help your neighbor with that project, when you give money to that charity, when you do any number of good deeds…who gets the credit?   If your answer is, “I do,” you’re correct. If your answer is, “God,” your answer is also correct.

If you think I’m contradicting myself, just hang in there a bit. Continue Reading

Confident In Our Sovereign God

The Bible gives us complete confidence that God is in control of the unfolding of history. No matter what evil the times bring, or what uncertainty we feel, we have a resting place for our minds and heart. I want pick up this thought again from last week and consider another facet of this truth, which I trust can give us great encouragement: Beloved, we may not always (or even often) be able to fully grasp how history is in God’s hands but this doesn’t mean that we are totally ‘in the dark.’ We can have confidence that no matter how things seem, God is having His way.

How so?  Well, the Bible not only teaches God’s sovereignty over history, but it demonstrates it with real examples. As a result, we can look backwards in history and see how things that seemed to be spinning out of control were actually the exact fulfillment of what God had planned.  No other example is clearer about this than the plan of God to triumph over sin, death, and the Devil through Jesus Christ.  Continue Reading

Is God Bound By History?

Is God bound by history, or is history bound by God?  The answer to this question is vital, not only in terms of getting it right from what the Bible teaches, but even more because it impacts how we can go on living in a world that seems so difficult.

It doesn’t take but a few seconds to think of various events and circumstances going on in our personal lives, in our country, or around our world to begin to practically suffocate us with the fear-inducing reality of how crazy things are. Continue Reading

The “Triple-trap” of Legalism, Self-righteousness, and Superstition

Reading the bible is so important to do.  So are praying and fasting, giving, being kind to a neighbor, and so many other things.  As most of you are well aware, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives many things (some listed above) that are important for his followers to do.

But here’s the thing, in doing them we can quickly find ourselves having the wrong reasons or the wrong motivations. I was powerfully reminded and convicted of this reality just yesterday morning from something I read.  It’s so helpful, I thought I’d include the entire quote.  Please consider it carefully and slowly:    Continue Reading