Psalm 1 – Delight in the Word

I have heard it said that God isn’t worried about your knowledge of the Bible, but rather how you live out His Word. There is a lot of truth to that statement and I understand the sentiment of it and affirm it. However, it should come with some qualification.

For starters, let’s make sure that we understand that while mere knowledge has no value to God it is required that we have said knowledge in order to please God. Without knowledge of the word how can one live it out? If I don’t know what God’s Word says and means then how can carry out its commands and live up to its standards?

Category : Devotional

Eternity Now

Given the title of this post (Eternity Now) it is possible that you have come here looking for cologne or perfume. If so you will be disappointed to know that this is not a resale site and I don’t carry any Calvin Klein products (though I guess it is possible that you will see an ad for it in the footer given that Amazon pulls keywords from the post to fill it’s ads section). But even if that was the reason you initially came to this post I would urge you to hang around as you might find the content of this post valuable anyway.

Wanted, Chosen, Loved

Two questions…

Do you know your story?

Do you know who you are?

These are the two things we try to answer in this sermon. We answer them by exploring the doctrine of Adoption. If you are in the family of God it is because you were adopted by our heavenly Father. Consequently you are now a son or daughter of the living king, and that changes everything.

Born to Reproduce

Are you reproducing reproducer? Has the maturity God has given you in your life been multiplied out into others lives? If not, why not?

The sermon above is by a man named Dawson Trotman. He is the founder of the Navigators; a ministry that forever changed my life and whom I serve with as a college campus minister. In this message he talks about the mandate each Christian has to grow in their walk with Christ and then disciple others.

Invisible Miracle

I have been a Christian for 25 years or 10 years depending on how you want to count it and depending on what soteriology you prescribe to.

Now some of you are saying, “it is only the first sentence of the article and you have already lost me,” right? You may be confused because I used the word soteriology. Others of you may be confused because I can’t give you the date and time when I crossed over from death to life. And some of you are confused by both. For those of you who were confused by the word soteriology here is all you need to know, it is the snobby way of saying, “how one receives salvation.” For the ones confused by the fact that I can’t give you my exact moment of conversion, well… join the club. It confuses me too.

Immortals

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”

-C.S. Lewis The Weight of Glory

Nic at Night

In this sermon I look at the encounter that Jesus has with our friend Nicodemus. We explore the significance of the fact that this meeting took place at night in the dark. We see how Jesus patiently helps Nicodemus arrive at the conclusion that He (Jesus) is God. We also explore what the meaning of the phrase “born again” means.

The Word Brings Forth Life

My first in depth encounter with this set of verses came when I was memorizing the Navigators TMS (Topical Memory System) and learning how to grow through mediation on the Bible. I recall being a bit confused as to how I could trust the message of these verses. It was Scripture that promoted the argument that the Scriptures came from God. Almost like an American who asserts that America has replaced Israel as God’s chosen nation, the claim seemed a bit self-serving. This was my attitude towards this passage until I realized that Paul (the human author of this text) was not writing this down with the understanding that he was penning what would one day be referred to as Scripture itself. This fact seemed to actually help me in my full acceptance of the passage’s legitimacy.