horribly good…persecution…

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and the… Continue reading horribly good…persecution…

in remembrance… of Him…

Ah, sinful nation, people laden with iniquity, offspring who do evil, children who deal corruptly, who have forsaken the Lord... Why do you seek further beatings? Why do you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the soul of the foot even to the head there is no… Continue reading in remembrance… of Him…

challenging grace…

Shout and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 12:6 ESV For those who have entered the Kingdom through the blood of Jesus... by faith in the Way He made... we become inhabitants of Zion... the eternal city of God... It's a spiritual… Continue reading challenging grace…

blame…

Jesus said, "You're asking the wrong question. You're looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. ..." John 9:3 The Message Oh...!¬†How often we want to blame someone else... and not take responsibility for our neglect... our choice... our stubbornness... in a situation... or circumstance...… Continue reading blame…

temptation…

But one is tempted by one's own desire, being lured and enticed by it; then when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, my beloved. James 1:14-16 NRSV All too often... we don't want to take responsibility… Continue reading temptation…