Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
Though you have been shaped by your past, something else can shape your future. The apostle Paul’s past was one…
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.
– 1 John 3:9 (NIV)
The life that is changed by God has a new posture toward sin. What was once a normal pattern now becomes a source of discomfort, because the Spirit of God is bringing conviction to our heart and changing us. So the conviction of sin…
“Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord.
– Proverbs 1:28-29 (NIV)
Scripture tells us that wisdom needs to be cultivated on the front end of our thinking. It takes time and effort to gain God’s perspectives, but if we don’t develop the habit of thinking differently in times of calm…
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The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
– Psalm 146:9 (NIV)
In our debates about immigration we must remember that God cares about the disempowered. Christians have been given new citizenship into the Kingdom of God, so we are uniquely commissioned to extend kindness to those who have been displaced in society. So…
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The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
– Psalm 145:8 (NIV)
Unfortunately, one of our images of God is as an old man with a long beard who is waiting to punish us for all of the things that we have done wrong. This is not the imagery of the Bible. The theme of Scripture is consistent: we keep rebelling against God and he keeps showing compassion and lovingkindness…