The Proverbs are all about wisdom in living. We must live in this messed up world and until we pass away, we can elect to live wisely or foolishly, to make our path easier or harder, to honor God or dishonor Him. The Proverbs tell us the way life works at the practical level and how we should adjust to its realities. If at times its maxims seem repetitious, that is not a mistake, but by design, for some wisdom bears repeating for those who are slow to get it.
The Beatitudes of our Lord in the Sermon on the Mount have been misunderstood by some. Actually they fit under the heading of what today might be called “profiling.” Jesus is “profiling” the manners and morals of those who are truly His disciples (and therefore “blessed”) as opposed to those like the scribes and Pharisees who were thought by that generation to be really pious and in great standing with God. Far from it, Jesus teaches indirectly. Actually these are the attributes of those who please God and have the gracious prospect of reward.
The Psalms comprise perhaps the most generally beloved literature in all of God’s word. The reason for that is not a puzzle. The psalms, many penned by King David, are so personal and addressed to God “out of the pits” where, at one time or another (or better yet many times) all of us believers […]
Penned by Luke, the author of the third gospel, which recounts the beginning of the ministry of our Lord Jesus, the book of Acts is the sequel, narrating the continuation of His ministry through His chosen apostles. It describes the birth of the church and the fulfillment of the OT promise of the outpouring of the […]
Following Jesus is our conviction, our passion and our vision. That is what we are all about. But sometimes it helps a lot to flesh that out a bit, because following Jesus, which is the reflex of an honest-to-God faith, is really a pretty radical thing. In this short series of four messages, Pastor Jim […]