No Blood Money in the Temple Treasury

How do the wicked not become overwhelmed with guilt? How can they boast, "only God can judge me," without fear of that terrible day? The reality is that a morality of their own governs even murderers. It is a perverse and twisted virtue, and it should serve as a warning to the rest of us. If the wicked can … Continue reading No Blood Money in the Temple Treasury

3 Reflections on Sickness and the Christian Life

Being sick for three days gives you time to think about your frailty. Even if that sickness is only a flu virus that poses little threat to your life, the fact that you must withdraw from being productive to spend time in bed exposes your weakness, and that is not always a bad thing. This … Continue reading 3 Reflections on Sickness and the Christian Life

The Dead Can Live Again

The cross. Two heavy wooden beams shouldered by the man of sorrows. It pressed hard upon His back; a back the soldiers had already lashed into an open wound. It was nothing compared to the burden He was about to bear, but it brought Him to His knees. It was His choice to do it, but it … Continue reading The Dead Can Live Again

Woe to the Pretenders of Godliness

Some teachers of the truth should be listened to but not imitated. Simply holding a leadership position in a church or preaching a good sermon does not mean we are godly. The Pharisees were often a picture of this. Not everything they said was false. They taught the law of Moses, and this is why Jesus said of them, "Observe what they tell … Continue reading Woe to the Pretenders of Godliness

Behold, Your King is Coming to You

The Triumphal entry is one of the most fascinating events in the life of Jesus, but it is one of those events that does not give up its treasures to halfhearted readers. However, when you spend time with it, it will reward you. This is why I was honored to preach this Palm Sunday morning. … Continue reading Behold, Your King is Coming to You

Spiritual Resilience

Often, the very things we need to grow are the same things we work to avoid because we think we are fragile. Scripture uses the metaphor of running a race to describe the Christian life on more than one occasion. In running the race, there are weights we should cast off and weights we should pick up if we are going to compete to win the prize. CLICK TO READ MORE...

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

Why did Jesus speak in parables? The standard answer, in one sense, seems to be the exact opposite of what Jesus told us. The typical response to that question is that Jesus spoke in parables to make his teaching clearer to his audience. After all, they tell us, parables are earthly stories with a heavenly meaning. Most people view … Continue reading Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

The Storm Killed My Idols

The storm is a gift. This phrase ran through my mind as wave after wave crashed upon me. In part because I knew it was true and partly because I hoped it was true. When the skies turned dark, they caught me off guard. I found myself lost in confusion as every bit of my weakness was exposed, but that … Continue reading The Storm Killed My Idols

Why You Are Dissatisfied with Christianity

You will not want to miss this one. It is a guest post by Rob Golding, Pastor of First Artesia CRC. Rob blogs at Classic Christianity. Christ tells His followers that they will have abundant life now. Do they? Many people today say that Christianity is a sour religion. It poisons our ability to enjoy … Continue reading Why You Are Dissatisfied with Christianity

3 Signs of Christian Humility

Scripture says God will not turn away the broken and contrite, but when we look at our own hearts, we often see so much pride we are rarely comforted by that truth. However, we must never forget that true humility would never see itself as humble. Arthur Pink once addressed our tendency to improperly assess … Continue reading 3 Signs of Christian Humility