Walking Through the Valleys. I: Entering the Valley (revisited)
Psalm 23 reminds us that we may wander into the valley even while we are obeying God. This sheep could say, with all honesty, that the Lord was his shepherd. He was following his shepherd, but he still found himself in a valley. You do not need to sin or lack faith in God to…
Persecution and Privilege
The apostles rejoiced “that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.” The world teaches us to consider ourselves privileged, honored, and worthy when we receive rewards. In God’s kingdom, we show ourselves to be worthy of rewards when we are willing to suffer for Christ’s sake.
Blessed are the Persecuted… Even Now
Jesus ended the Beatitudes with a “double-blessing” for the persecuted. Is our faith strong enough to withstand attack?
Discipleship, Death, and Resurrection
In celebration of Easter Sunday and commemoration of the anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s death, here are some thoughts about the call to discipleship and new life.
Divine Discipline and the Peaceful Fruit of Righteousness
As we begin Holy Week, let us fix our eyes on Jesus and learn from His example. God uses hardship to teach us.