Sin, Sorrow and the Joy of Christmas

The lights glow softly, the Christmas music plays, and wondrous thoughts of the birth of our Savior fill our minds.  What a blessing it is for the believer who still finds childlike joy in this time of year.  Being “grown-up” is a bit over-rated, because being “grown-up,” according to the world, usually entails a constant […]

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 […]

Some Words of Encouragement

Christian Reader, consider these comforting lines from Psalm 89 (1650 Scottish Psalter): 31 If they my laws break, and do not keep my commandements; 32 I’ll visit then their faults with rods, their sins with chastisements. 33 Yet I’ll not take my love from him, nor false my promise make. 34 My cov’nant I’ll not […]

The Tyranny of Sin

I saw the effects of it today in an old friend who is being ravished by a disease that has attacked his mental capacities to the point he has lost the ability to speak. I saw it in another friend who is fighting with the grief of losing their spouse to illness. It reared its […]

How Much Hate Does it Take to Call Someone a Hater?

This is a short look at how some people are redefining the word “hate” and how this new definition is really self-refuting.  The reality is that there are those who hate on both sides of the issue, but it may just be that this redefinition of “hate” is an expression of hate itself.