The Holy and the Common – Leviticus 10:10

“You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean.” Leviticus 10:10 “I appeal to you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but […]

Direct Your Heart – 1 Samuel 7:3

“And Samuel said to the house of Israel, ‘If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.’” 1 […]

In Whose Heart is My Law – Isaiah 51:7-8

“Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of man, nor be dismayed at their revilings. For the moth will eat them up like a garment… but my righteousness will be forever, and my salvation to all generations.” Isaiah 51:7-8 “The people in whose […]

Turning – Judges 3:7

“And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth.” Judges 3:7 This morning, reading accounts of Israel’s turning away from the living God to serve idols instead, I began to wonder how they were drawn away […]

The Next Generation – Judges 2:7, 10, 12

“And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the LORD had done for Israel…And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know […]

Popular – Luke 14:25-33

“Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after […]

By Command of God – 1 Timothy 1:1

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope” 1 Timothy 1:1 Such strength is seen here in Paul’s opening statement. He is an apostle by the command of God. Upon reading this, the thought occurred to me: how lightly do we tend to view the […]