When the Guilty Stop Running

Guilt has a way of remaining long after our transgressions have passed. The question is, "what are you going to do with it?" Lingering guilt is what Herod, the tetrarch, was experiencing when he heard about Jesus and the miracles he was working. Herod was sure it was John the Baptist who had come back to life. There is an aspect of this story that we often miss, but before I address it, I need to give a little more context to the passage.

Understanding the Active Obedience of Christ

Can there be any greater blessing than being forgiven of our sins? The answer is, “Yes!” The man or woman whom the Lord does not count their sin against them is blessed indeed. However, as wonderful as forgiveness is, and how necessary it is for our salvation, we must not stop there in our understanding … Continue reading Understanding the Active Obedience of Christ

The Haunting Effects of Sin

David thought it was over. His sin had been exposed, he had sought the Lord's forgiveness, and it had been granted. A right spirit had been renewed, and a clean heart had been created. Then came the news that his child was gravely ill. The revelation threw David to the floor in anguish as thoughts of his sin filled his mind. Months had … Continue reading The Haunting Effects of Sin

5 Truths About Your Battle with Sin You Hate to Admit

If you are a Christian, you battle with sin. I do not need to list examples of the struggles with the flesh you may have. The minute you read the title of this post, you most likely had a specific battle in mind. You have within you both flesh and Spirit, and the two are … Continue reading 5 Truths About Your Battle with Sin You Hate to Admit

A Monument to Grace: Short Film

I am proud of my son, Mark, who won first place for the film below at a competition at his university. The theme was grace. As you will see, my son is an avid hiker and has been to some beautiful places. The voice you will hear in the video is Dr. Chuck Ryor. Dr. … Continue reading A Monument to Grace: Short Film

Salvation is Only for People Who Are Entirely Sinful

Then the priest shall look, and if the leprous disease has covered all his body, he shall pronounce him clean of the disease; it has all turned white, and he is clean. Lev. 13:13 This verse may seem strange to many of today’s readers, but if leprosy had only covered part of the body and not … Continue reading Salvation is Only for People Who Are Entirely Sinful

How a Sermon on Hell Lifted my Soul

Contrary to the popular notion, as the pastor preached on hell, instead of pushing me away, he drew me into the grace of God. As I sat there, the preacher was scriptural, somber, and approached the subject with a reverence that made us all sit up and pay attention. I was at one of the … Continue reading How a Sermon on Hell Lifted my Soul

Returning to God After a Time of Sin

You have done all the evil that you could. Sure, there is more you could have done, but you pushed your sinning as far as you were comfortable. There were still certain family and societal structures in place you were afraid to defy. Even in sinning, cowardice can hold sway. In it all, you polluted … Continue reading Returning to God After a Time of Sin

The Day I Ran From God

If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow. – Psalm 7:12 The pursuit had begun. I knew God had drawn the bow of his wrath, and he had aimed it directly at me. The slightest tinge of my guilty conscience made the creaks and groans of the … Continue reading The Day I Ran From God

God is Faithful to His Promises (and Threats)

May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day. - 2 Timothy 1:18 There is a day coming that is so severe the Bible often refers to it simply as “that day.” It is so expected and so known, no other descriptors are necessary.  "It will be a day of … Continue reading God is Faithful to His Promises (and Threats)