Category Archives: Finding God Thru Prayer

This story is the story of my most private moments talking to God about things I would be reluctant—even embarrassed—to say in public. This is my story about my talking to God, to the one true friend who listens and who is capable, if He chooses, to help me with my troubles and problems.

Cheap Grace or Costly?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer tells us in his work, “The Cost of Discipleship” that “…grace and discipleship are inseparable,” [Bonhoeffer, page 46]. In a phrase: Grace is costly, not only because it cost God His Son’s life on Calvary [1 Corinthians 7:23] … Continue reading

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Keep Up!

We take comfort in calling this life a “pilgrimage” in which our real home is in heaven (John 14:2-3) along with our true citizenship as believers (Philippians 3:20). Yet before we get there, it’s all about …“the journey.” The Scripture … Continue reading

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The Church’s Salvation

The Church does not depend on its theology for its existence. The Church depends on the faithfulness of its parishioners, their devotion to God. I can say this confidently because most church-goers do not know what their church believes. Newcomers, … Continue reading

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Biblical Nobility

In Proverbs 17:7 we understand Solomon to say, “Lies do not become a nobleman.” Perhaps, a more literal translation might read: “too much talking is not attractive for a fool, as it is equally so that the nobleman will not … Continue reading

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Remembering a College Friend

A few days ago, our Lord called home a fellow college classmate of Joyce and mine, Dan Fratto. He was from Joyce’s hometown in those earlier days and on a few occasions drove Joyce and me back to school after … Continue reading

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A Day Of Forgiveness

Let us call for a day of forgiveness patterned in part after the Ancient Jewish notion of a Year of Jubilee in which all debt was “forgiven” although this will be one day every four years (paralleling the USA election … Continue reading

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What Was God Thinking?

To apply Paul’s commendation to God, let me use his words about the Savior: Behold, [Jesus] you were in pain for God’s Work. What sense of urgency you exhibited, what an apologetic,  what indignation for what is right to do, … Continue reading

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Vengeance is Mine, Saith the Lord

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. KJV Romans 12:19 When the Lord talked in Leviticus 26:25, of executing “the vengeance of the covenant” little … Continue reading

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Punishment con’t.

For some believers there are a few more concerns worth mentioning: Retribution Some concluded that Jesus’ wholehearted submission to the Cross had, at least, to imply something other than punishment, that His death was restorative also, that there was something … Continue reading

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Is Punishment the Right Word?

Isaiah 53:5 NIV …the punishment that brought us peace was on him…. A study of the word “punishment” suggests to me that English is weak in offering this word as a reasonable explanation why Jesus’ crucifixion was required as the … Continue reading

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