Blessing and Favor

Which comes first, the blessing of the Lord or the favor of the Lord? Enabled by grace, we believed and experienced the blessing of God’s salvation act in our behalf. Luther translated the Greek word soteria into the German language as Heil, salvation.[1] Claus Westermann argues that Heil refers to the condition created by the…

The Remnant

There are two groups in every church, a third entering the church looking for God, and hopefully a holy fourth. The first group is often as straight as an arrow. They are morally upright. They don’t use bad language, they don’t frequent worldly establishments. They usually live impeccably moral lives. But they exhibit little joy.…

My Three Sons

Here is the shocking truth – God has no grandchildren. Even if your mother was a saint, and your father a preacher, your grandfather an elder and your grandmother a deacon, you have to come to Christ yourself. God wants to be a father to all of us. This does not mean that there is…

Real Transformation

Some folks recall some life-bending moment in which God became real to them, a time of difficulty when they became open to faith. “I needed something in my life. I hit a kind of wall and I cried out to God. He heard me and saved me.” Such moments are doorways into transforming faith. But…

Is it Time for a Check-up?

The Corinthian Church was spiritual – how could they not be Christians? Tongues and the prophetic were prevalent. And yet, sadly, fornication was also present (II Cor. 12:21), along with revelry (I Cor. 10:7) and insubordination (I Cor. 1:10; 3:3; 11:18). There seemed to be a complete lack of discipline. Corinth had a party spirit,…

The Profound and the Superficial

We are now plagued with performance-driven superficial worship events. “Everyone on your feet, with your hands together, for Jesus!” It is like being at a circus, little better. Prayers to ‘perform’ or preach better may be sincere, but they are misplaced. Worship has become an event characterized by an absence of humility and an atmosphere…