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All Things Belong to You

“…. you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?” -1 Cor. 3.3 Paul received word from a messenger that there were all kinds of divisions and unhealthy comparisons seething in the church at Corinth. The schisms we... Read More

Danielic Loyalty: The Issue of Gluttony and the Reality of Consecration

“But Daniel made up his mind [as did Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah] that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. …. At the end of the ten days their appeara... Read More

Eschatology Made Present

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with to... Read More

Groping For God Upon Less-Than-Green Grounds

“…. and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us…. ” -Acts 17.26-... Read More

History Augmented by Future Hope

"When this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’” -1 Cor. 15.54 In his book Israel: An Echo of Eternity, Abraham Joshua Heschel gives us these poignant thoughts:... Read More

I Will Make the Outcasts a Strong Nation

“I will make the lame a remnant And the outcasts a strong nation, And the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on and forever. ” -Mic. 4.7 The remnant of Israel will call upon the name of the Lord from the ashes of tribulation at the end of this age. I believe the “remnant” will actually... Read More

Jealous Meekness: Thoughts On a Pauline View of the Church In It’s Immaturity

“For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” -1 Cor. 13.9 It was Smith Wigglesworth who stated: Most people seem to have discernment, or think they have, and if they would turn it on themselves for twelve months they would never want to discern again. The gift of discernment is not criticism. I am... Read More

The Dailiness of God’s Indignation

“God is a righteous Judge, And a God who has indignation every day. If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready.” -Ps. 7.11-12 Here is another scarcely considered portion of the Psalms, and one that you will not frequently hear expounded from the pulpit... Read More

The Desolation of Complacency

“Be troubled, you complacent ones…. Because the palace has been abandoned, the populated city forsaken. Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever, A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks; Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high…. …. And the work of righteousness will be pea... Read More

The Diminished “Note of Faith”

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. …. These attesting miracles will accompany those who have believed…. they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” -Mk. 16.15, 17a, 18b “For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has a... Read More

The Doxological Life: Worship From the ‘Marrow’ of the Soul

“Brothers, I call upon you because of the compassion of God to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy, pleasing to God as your reasonable/logical worship, and not model yourselves on this aeon [age], but be transformed by the renewal of mind, for the determining of what the will of God is- the... Read More

The Effectuality of True Preaching

“For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.” -1 Thess. 2.13 “For they themselves report about us what... Read More

The Eschatological End of Consumerism

“Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.” -Mic. 4.4 The picture of the world, after being set aright by the judgments and mercies of God at the end of the age, is one of “righteousness, peace, and joy in th... Read More

The Essentiality of a Secret Life in God

“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” -Matt. 6.6 There is something most holy and precious about obediences and acts of loyalty that are carried out unto the Lord i... Read More

The Fragrance of Christ vs. Self-Conscious Spirituality

“…. thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” -2 Cor. 3.14 The greatest triumph is not in the establishment of an impressive organization, the saving of my reputation, or the performance of some great... Read More

The Gospel that Judges Our Secrets

“…. according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.” -Rom. 2.16b Is it remarkable to us that Paul conveys the reality of God’s judgment as a crucial component of his “gospel”? Do we see it as “good news” that “God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus”? P... Read More

The Ground of Davidic Reality

“Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing; My strength has failed because of my iniquity, And my body has wasted away. Because of all my adversaries, I have become a reproac... Read More

The Impetus of Eschatological Verities

“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth wi... Read More

The Real Work of Examination

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith….” -2 Cor. 13.5a One great scheme of the principalities and powers of the air is to keep the fires of holy examination dampened and quenched in our lives, so that we fail to come into the perspective of the Lord regarding our present condition.... Read More

The Sense of Inferiority vs. Abiding in the Love of God

“Just as the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you. Abide in My love.” -Jn. 15.9 Some years ago, I was in the home of a beloved servant of God by the name of Art Katz. We were discussing the need for a kind of preaching and proclamation that would not merely inform the people of God, but lift the... Read More

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