Quote of Note #90: Grace for Neighbors. . . and Enemies

"To be people of amazing grace is to see ourselves as recipients of kindness and understanding not owed to us, and if we really believe it's been lavished upon us undeservedly, maybe we can lavish a little upon the people we find ourselves least inclined to view generously.  If we're showering only the people we … Continue reading Quote of Note #90: Grace for Neighbors. . . and Enemies

Pastor Note #89: God’s Love–Undeserved and Uncomfortable

The love of God is a rich, warm, comforting promise that he assures us of in his word repeatedly.  For example, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (ESV)  What makes that promise of his love … Continue reading Pastor Note #89: God’s Love–Undeserved and Uncomfortable

Quote of Note #89: Christian Discipleship as Love

"Being a disciple of Jesus is not primarily a matter of getting the right ideas and doctrines and beliefs into our heads in order to guarantee proper behavior; rather, it's a matter of being the kind of person who loves rightly -- who loves God and neighbor and is oriented to the world by the … Continue reading Quote of Note #89: Christian Discipleship as Love

Quote of Note #54 — Getting First Things First

"Today, O Lord -- let me put right before interest; let me put others before self; let me put the things of the spirit before the things of the body; let me put the attainment of noble ends above the enjoyment of present pleasures; let me put principle above reputation; let me put Thee before … Continue reading Quote of Note #54 — Getting First Things First

Bible Note #36 — Obeying God — Numbers 9:15-23

Numbers 9:15-23 Here we have one of the classic summary passages describing how God led the Israelites through the wilderness.  There is a certain drama in the process, because the means of God’s leading was grand and very public.  There was no indication that discerning God’s leading in this process was at all difficult.  The … Continue reading Bible Note #36 — Obeying God — Numbers 9:15-23

Quote of Note #50: Graciousness to Others Because of God’s Graciousness to Me

"As you contemplate the cross of Christ, you should be overwhelmed with the oceans of grace you have received from the Lord.  Even when others commit pools or even lakes full of sin against you, you should be gracious to them because of those oceans of grace you have received.  'Be kind to them,' Jesus … Continue reading Quote of Note #50: Graciousness to Others Because of God’s Graciousness to Me

Quote of Note #49: A Contrast Community

"There is nothing, surely, which exhorts us more than the Sermon on the Mount to be what we are meant to be and to live as we are meant to live; to be like Christ by being a complete contrast to everyone who does not belong to Christ." Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on … Continue reading Quote of Note #49: A Contrast Community

Pastor Note #82: Learning to Hear God’s Voice

From Digital Camera to Bird Songs When I got my first digital camera, photography opened up for me in a new and exciting way.  In the old days of film photography, every time you took a picture, it cost you half a dollar for the film and the processing.  That could run into money pretty … Continue reading Pastor Note #82: Learning to Hear God’s Voice

Bible Note #32: Righteousness, Perseverance, and God’s Grace — Proverbs 24:16

“[F]or the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”  Proverbs 24:16 [ESV] I’ve been coming back to this verse a lot in the past couple of weeks.  It’s helped me a lot in thinking about grace, sanctification, and the life of following Jesus.  To fallen people living in … Continue reading Bible Note #32: Righteousness, Perseverance, and God’s Grace — Proverbs 24:16