Proper and Ethical

I love this clip from a 2015 episode of the CBS cop show Blue Bloods. Tom Selleck’s character, Police Commissioner Reagan, has this to say: “Something is not proper simply because it is permissible, nor is it it ethical because it is legal.” It’s almost as though he were quoting from one of Paul’s epistles,… Continue reading Proper and Ethical

Declaring our dependence on Him who holds all power

“He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens — far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:20-21, HCSB) Our nation is… Continue reading Declaring our dependence on Him who holds all power

Run for peace?

The author of the book of Hebrews has an interesting choice of words in Hebrews 12:14, when he literally tells us to run after peace.​ Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. The same word translated “strive for” in this setting is translated elsewhere as… Continue reading Run for peace?

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Singing of Mercy

Gadsby’s Hymns #11. Singing of Mercy 11s  John Stocker. Psalm 89:1; Romans 15:9   Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song, The joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue; Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last, Has won my affections, and bound my soul fast.  Thy mercy, in Jesus, exempts… Continue reading Singing of Mercy

How can we be joyful in troubled times?

There’s a lot going on in the world today.  There are plenty of reasons for people to be at each other’s throats, and quite often we take advantage of it.  People are coming down on every side of these issues, with very few in the middle working for resolution.   I’m struggling with how to deal… Continue reading How can we be joyful in troubled times?

How God moves

320. Light Shining out of Darkness C.M.William Cowper. God moves in a mysterious wayHis wonders to perform;He plants his footsteps in the sea,And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable minesOf never-failing skill,He treasures up his bright designs,And works his sovereign will. You fearful saints, fresh courage take;The clouds you so much dreadAre big with… Continue reading How God moves

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You need to know God!

The story for the people!

Pastor Lamberson posted a video yesterday on the church website and YouTube channel, from Psalm 46:10-11, on the concept of knowing God. I’ll post the link below so you can listen. Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD… Continue reading You need to know God!

AWAKE, My Soul

Thomas Ken wrote these words over 400 years ago, and it’s from this text that we get the Doxology, still sung in churches around the world. It’s usually to the tune of the Old Hundredth. This is my first real shot at songwriting, at least since high school music theory class, so don’t be too… Continue reading AWAKE, My Soul

Hope for Peace

The story for the people!

A very wise man posted a comment on my Facebook page recently. He said “Can you imagine life without hope?” I remembered reading this from Romans 5… Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access into this… Continue reading Hope for Peace