At the beginning of a new year, many Christians make new goals or resolutions. In some way, these goals are always hard work. They take time to accomplish. The problem though with goals is we can fall prey to two extremes – on the one hand we can make them everything and view them as a foundation to stand on. We shouldn’t do that. The gospel is our only foundation to stand on that will never fail us. Our own ambitions will fail, but God will never fail – let knowing you can fail at your goals fuel you to accomplish them. On the other hand we can make them just because we feel like we should and the hearts not in it. We make them without really thinking through them and thus we barely remember them two days later. I want to offer what I believe is a healthy middle – grace fueled goals. Continue reading “Grace Fueled Goals”
The book of Ephesians is perhaps the most lofty book in the Bible. In a grand sweep, it tells us that the purpose of everything is somehow found in Christ from eternity to eternity (1:10). The purpose of all things throughout all of time explained in one book (Ephesians) and in one word (Christ). Lofty to say the least. After a read of the first chapter it almost seems impossible to comprehend. Peter O’Brien in his commentary on it wrote that Samuel T. Coleridge called it, “the divinest composition of man.” So, I want to move through it in a number of posts and just highlight some things that have really gripped me, and I pray anyone who reads it is helped and comes to understand this book of the Bible just a little more. The first thing that strikes me is that one of God’s promises is that through Christ he has given his children “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Continue reading “Spiritual Blessings”
Have you ever wondered how you can pray for the people you love? In this amazing prayer, Paul continues to remind the Colossians that he himself is praying for them with heartfelt consistency (1:3; 1:9). But he doesn’t just tell them he is praying for them; he explains what he is asking God to do for them:
- To be filled with all the knowledge of God’s will (1:9-10).
- To be strengthened with all the power of God’s might (1:11-14).
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
Judgment is not understood well by the Church today due a variety of reasons. Because of this, I would like to write a very short post that will help Christians to understand the basics of Jesus’ teaching of judgment towards people. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was arguably the greatest sermon ever given, and judgment is one of the topics of it. So how is the church to understand the topic of judgment towards people? Continue reading “Is Judging Someone Right or Wrong?”