Quote of Note #116: Running to God with our Darkest Miseries

Flagstaff, AZ; photo by GAC "[God] isn't like you. Even the most intense of human love is but the faintest echo of heaven's cascading abundance. His heartful thoughts of you outstrip what you can conceive. He intends to restore you into the radiant resplendence for which you were created. And that is dependent not on … Continue reading Quote of Note #116: Running to God with our Darkest Miseries

Quote of Note #115: God, Who Is Rich in Mercy

The Spokane River in downtown Spokane, WA; photo by GAC "Perhaps you have difficulty receiving the rich mercy of God in Christ not because of what others have done to you but because of what you've done to torpedo your life, maybe through one, big, stupid decision or maybe through ten thousand little ones. You … Continue reading Quote of Note #115: God, Who Is Rich in Mercy

Quote of Note #114: “The Friend of Sinners”

Photo by GAC "Time and again it is the morally disgusting, the socially reviled, the inexcusable and undeserving, who do not simply receive Christ but to whom Christ most naturally gravitates. He is, by his enemies' testimony, the 'friend of sinners.' (Luke 7:34)." Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and … Continue reading Quote of Note #114: “The Friend of Sinners”

Bible Note #41: Building Up and Healing with Words

“Speaking recklessly is like the thrusts of a sword, but the words of the wise bring healing.”  Proverbs 12:18 [NET] This verse is built on a recognition of the power of words.  And the couplet begins with a warning about the destructive power of words.  It is very tempting to launch out now on a … Continue reading Bible Note #41: Building Up and Healing with Words

Pastor Note #95: A Declaration of Easter

A Declaration of Easter At Christmas we sing a song with these words: No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make his blessings flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found. The resurrection of Jesus is the first expression of the fulfillment … Continue reading Pastor Note #95: A Declaration of Easter

Quote of Note #85: Forgiving, Caring, Healing Heart of God

"The question is not:  How many people take you seriously?  How much are you going to accomplish?  Can you show some results?  But: Are you in love with Jesus?  Perhaps another way to put the question would be: Do you know the incarnate God?  In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an enormous … Continue reading Quote of Note #85: Forgiving, Caring, Healing Heart of God

Bible Note #38: God’s Redemptive Havoc

“All the trees of the field will know that I am the Lord. I make the high tree low; I raise up the low tree. I make the green tree wither, and I make the dry tree sprout. I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it!’”   Ezekiel 17:24 [NET] What an odd verse … Continue reading Bible Note #38: God’s Redemptive Havoc

Bible Note #34: Evil Will Slay the Wicked — Psalm 34:21

There is an essential irony in this verse.  It is essential in that it touches the very essence and fabric of reality.  It is a state of affairs that is woven into the very fibers of existence.  "Evil will slay the wicked."  (Psalm 34:21 NIV) Evil is self-consuming.  The evilness of that which is evil … Continue reading Bible Note #34: Evil Will Slay the Wicked — Psalm 34:21

Quote of Note #39: The Guilt of Sin, the Power of Sin, and the Presence of Sin

"When cleansing is mentioned in the Bible in connection with the blood, it is always cleansing from guilt.  Cleansing from the power of sin and the presence of sin is by the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and the living, in-dwelling Christ.  Christ on the cross saves from the guilt of sin; Christ on … Continue reading Quote of Note #39: The Guilt of Sin, the Power of Sin, and the Presence of Sin

Quote of Note #38: Power to Set Us Free

"God has provided a way of escape by the Holy Spirit's power.  When we give up the hopeless struggle of trying to overcome 'the law of sin and death' [Romans 7] with our own strength and in utter helplessness surrender to the Holy Spirit to do everything for us -- when we walk in his … Continue reading Quote of Note #38: Power to Set Us Free