2 Corinthians Study: Boast in Weakness

What does God want me to do with my money? How should I respond to someone who has wronged me? What is the purpose of suffering and hardships? Can’t I boast a little bit? These are some of the questions you will discover as you read through 2 Corinthians. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church has a different flavor than the first. It is … Continue reading 2 Corinthians Study: Boast in Weakness

backwards boasting

The biggest problem in my life and ministry is me. And one of my biggest problem among many is my gravitation toward self-defense or self-justification. I have an inner defense attorney from the firm of Flesh & Associates who is always there challenging the case in my favor. Well, not exactly for my favor. I am grateful for the Spirits work in me in this … Continue reading backwards boasting

Jesus eats with sinners

Most religious people would not catch themselves in a biker bar or talking with pimps and prostitutes, but when reading through the Gospels we catch Jesus talking to these kinds of people in these kinds of places often. Why does Jesus hang with sinners? Well, in Luke 5:27-32, Jesus eats with a tax collector and his companions, and it is here you get the answer. … Continue reading Jesus eats with sinners

Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

SATAN’S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN By presenting the bait and hiding the hook [4 remedies] By painting sin with virtue’s colors [4remedies] By the extenuating and lessening of sin [7 remedies] By showing to the soul the best men’s sins and by hiding from the soul their virtues, their sorrows, and their repentance [3 remedies] By presenting God to the soul as … Continue reading Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

paying the price of pride

What makes Christianity different that all other religions? It’s grace. A single word captures the difference between Christianity and all other religions. Grace. Every other religion allows me to pay at least something for the tow. And if I pay anything at all then pride will wolf it down and the vines will begin to grow with a terrible ferocity. All my pride needs is … Continue reading paying the price of pride

thumb licks [7.7.11]

God’s Beautiful, Holy, Good—and Crushing—Law The apostle Paul, a Jewish rabbi who had extensive respect for and acquaintance with God’s law (Acts 22:3) had some very shocking thoughts about it once he came to faith in Christ. Although he heartily agreed that it was “holy and righteous and good” (Rom. 7:12), and although he knew the beautiful nature of God’s law, he also knew that … Continue reading thumb licks [7.7.11]

babel

There is a funny joke I heard from a small African man a few years ago. With seriousness in his voice and face he asked, “What do you call a man who speaks three languages?” I responded, “Tri-lingual.” Then he asked, “What do you call a man who speaks two languages?”  I was quick to respond, “Bi-lingual.” And then he asked, “What do you call … Continue reading babel