Pastoral thoughts on growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Be patient, James says in 5:8. “Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” That’s the answer to anxiety. Jesus is coming, and he is coming for you and me. Above all we seek to be with Jesus. We seek a heavenly homeland, where he is. And the calming truth is that he has promised it to us, by his strength and in his timing. ... Keep Reading
Trusting Jesus is the opposite of self-evaluating fear because trusting Jesus is abandoning hope in myself and trusting in what Jesus has done. Trusting that he means it when he says he loves me, he died for me, he pursued me, he actually likes me. Right now.... Keep Reading
Faith itself has to have a strong strand of assurance built in. That's because our belief is in Jesus and what he has done, rather than in what we do. So faith is believing that what Jesus has done and what he has said is actually true… which is the very message that he by his work and action has secured our salvation.... Keep Reading
Robert Farrar Capon makes an interesting point to consider about physical decay and moral improvement...... Keep Reading
"Faith is a transitive verb. It assumes a direct object. It is shorthand for faith in Jesus instead of faith in ourselves and our idols." - Ed Welch... Keep Reading