Jesus’ Last Words Reflected His Greatest Values
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:25-27 ESV) John’s Gospel is unique from the other three. The Gospels of Matthew,… Read More
A Man of Worship; A Man of War
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, (Psalm 30:11 ESV) David was such a diverse leader. He was as much a man of war as a man of worship. As a man of worship David was a friend of God; but as a man of war David had many enemies. Having written many of the Psalms, David typically expresses himself as either a man of worship or a man of war. It’s either: “I will bless The Lord at all… Read More
When Is the Last Time You Were at REST?
And I gave them my Sabbath days of rest as a sign between them and me. It was to remind them that I am the Lord, who had set them apart to be holy. (Ezekiel 20:12 NLT) Ezekiel prophesied in a day when God’s people were living in complete rebellion against God. Through Ezekiel’s words and actions God called out to His people, warning them of the self-destructive path they were on. Amidst the warnings, God also gave Israel hope. If they would turn back to God, He would deliver them, redeem… Read More
How a Lifestyle of Worship Can Set You Free
Anger is a familiar emotion to nearly every person, whether it stems from a sibling who took your favorite toy, a friend who broke a privileged confidence, or an inhumane public act of violence. But anger can also be a spiritual stronghold – a controlling, debilitating, demonic force that results in harmful thoughts and behavior. Having hardened his heart through jealousy and pride, King Saul had opened himself up to a tormenting spirit – one that drove him mad. What began with “small” acts of disobedience escalated to the murder of priests,… Read More