The Weapons of Righteousness

With the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left.– 2 Corinthians 6:7 There are weapons of righteousness for each of our hands. The phrase, “weapons of righteousness,” sometimes translated as, “armor of righteousness,” has been interpreted many ways, from the plausible to the ludicrous. These weapons are often linked to our […]

Worship and a Troubled Conscience

Let us draw near with a true heart – Hebrews 10:22 What does it mean to draw near to God with a true heart?  After spending a couple of chapters explaining how the old covenant was unable to actually take away sin, and how Christ has offered Himself as the one true sacrifice for sin, the […]

Four Ways Incense Typifies Prayer

May my prayer be set before you like incense. – Psalm 141:2 All throughout the Old Testament we see incense playing an important role in the way God prescribed that the people should worship Him.  In fact, even in the Holy place there was an altar of incence.  Now the ceremonies of the old covenant […]

Threshold Christianity

1 Peter 1:2-9 (My emphases added) Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath […]

Times of Refreshing

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,” that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19 Our God is so gracious that even after we have rebelled against him, he not only wipes out our sins, but he also goes on to give us times of […]

When Loss is Gain

I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.   Phil. 3:8 Our hearts are easily lured away by the fleeting shadows of this world, and these […]