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By , on November 27th, 2013

He Returned with Thanksgiving

What does giving thanks look like? In Luke 17:11-19, we have a vivid picture of what it means to give thanks. We find Jesus traveling with intent, straight through the lesser parts of Israel – Galilee and Samaria. The very fact that the Savior graces these parts tells us that He has come to seek and to save that which is lost (Luke 19:10). Ten men who are lepers intercept Jesus. They have a horrible skin disease. They are social outcasts and live outside the walls of the city. And yet Jesus takes time for them by traveling …Read More

By , on October 11th, 2013

The Cleansing of the Word

The Apostle Paul speaks about Christ cleansing His Bride with the washing of the Word. That theme of the cleansing Word is found not only in Ephesians, but also in the Psalms. In Psalm 119:9-16, David focuses on the same cleansing power of the Word. That power of course is only effective because of the living, incarnate Word. In verse 9, David raises this question, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” The answer is this, “By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” The Word of God is our only foundation for purification. No matter how …Read More

By , on September 6th, 2013

A Word-Ordered Life

The title of Psalm 119 could very well be called “The Word-Ordered Life of the Christian.” In verses 1-3 we see the blessedness of a Word-centered life. The Psalmist repeats for emphasis, “Blessed are the undefiled…Blessed are they that keep…[Blessed are they] that seek him.” Literally, that man is happy who walks according to the Word of God. He is not happy according to the world’s standards, but finds his greatest happiness or blessedness in God, the highest Good. Where do you find your happiness?

Those who walk in such happiness are described as those who …Read More

By , on July 27th, 2013

Trusting in God’s Committed Care

In Psalm 37:5-6 we read the following words, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”

There is the simple command to commit our way unto the LORD. What does that mean? Literally, it could be translated, “Roll all your cares onto the LORD.” It gives the picture of a great burden too great for us to carry, but it also gives the child of God great hope that God is …Read More

By , on January 30th, 2013

A Prayer for God’s Supremacy

On Mt. Carmel, we find Elijah praying as he leads the children of Israel in the worship of the one, true, and eternal LORD. In the midst of the battle for supremacy between God and Baal, Elijah pleads with God to manifest His glory. In 1 Kings 18:36-37 we read the words of his prayer, “LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people …Read More

By , on November 16th, 2012

Thankful in Prosperity and Patient in Adversity

In a recent physical trial dealing with a herniated disc in my back, I was reminded of this phrase from the Heidelberg Catechism – “that we may be patient in adversity [and] thankful in prosperity” (Lord’s Day 10, Q&A 28). It is rather easy to be thankful in prosperity, but what about being thankful in the midst of trials? That’s where patience comes in – patience means enduring trials and learning from them. It is a challenge for sinful human beings to be thankful in the best of times, let alone in times of affliction. However, if …Read More