Living like the new self

I’m back in Ephesians again this week in my regular Bible reading. I love the description of  new life in Christ found in Chapter 4 and 5, and am greatly convicted at the same time. How often I sin in anger, or say something impure, how often I fail to show gratitude. My life so often fails to look like this:

“They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ! — assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, created after the likeness of God in truth righteousness and holiness. Continue reading

The Word: 1 Chronicles 16:8-12

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth

1 Chronicles 16:8-12 NASB

Lessons from a Psalm of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! A couple of weeks ago my pastor taught out of Psalm 107, which is a Psalm of thanks to God. I’ve read it many times, but he broke it down in a new way that was quite enlightening.

The Psalm summarizes God’s deliverance of Israel throughout the Old Testament, but also applies today because we do the same things they did, and if we cry out to God he rescues us because he is faithful!

It gives four depictions of God’s rescue: bringing the lost to safety, freeing the one enslaved by their rebellion against God’s laws, those who are sick and dying from their sin and those facing certain death.

Without Jesus we are lost, imprisoned, dying and doomed, just like the illustrations in Psalm 107 (posted below in NKJV). In response to his rescue, we ought to, as the psalmist says “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!”

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.

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How to Find God’s Will for Your Life God’s Way

The subject of God’s will and specifically how to know God’s will for your life is something that confuses many people. There’s also some really terrible teaching out there about how to find it, so when the interim pastor at my church preached on the subject a couple weeks ago and knocked it out of the park a clear and biblical explanation I knew I needed to share it. So with his permission I’ve constructed this post, cribbing from the notes I took that morning and the verse list he provided me with. Continue reading

The Word: Psalm 100

“Make a joyful noise until the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100 – KJV