God is Near

Psalm 25:14, The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant. 1 Kings 19:1-8, Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to…

Cleansing

Job 14:4, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean thing? There is not one.” Sometimes we make big messes that are hard to clean up—wine on our shirt or carpet, grease on our jeans after working on our car. What’s even worse is that sometimes our best efforts to clean up the mess…

The Gospel of Jesus Christ: Salvation for the Lowly

This entry has been modified to fit the audience of this blog from an essay written for the upper religion course, Gospel of Luke, at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In ancient Roman society, it was common practise to exalt the mighty and bring down the humble to even lower positions. This worldview has…

Our Inheritance

Mark 10:17-22, And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder,…

Christian Youth: Speech

1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” The first example Paul gives is speech. Now, don’t get ahead of yourself and think this means you get to say whatever you want. You still have to…

New Year? Jesus Makes All Things New

Jesus makes all things new. That’s how the cliché goes. Yet perhaps this should speak to us more now than it has. All across multiple social media platforms I’m seeing people complain about how “horrible” the year 2016 was. My year was pretty great, yet it is easy to infer these people are claiming the…