Drilling Down In Christ

As Paul writes to the disciples at Colossae, he is addressing a youthful church with a pagan background. Epaphras started the church there (1:7), and despite Paul’s time in the region, he hadn’t been there (2:1), which would explain why he addresses no one personally in Colossians. Although Epaphras would have filled him in onContinue reading “Drilling Down In Christ”

Sexual Brokenness

We’ve seen from previous posts that sexuality was given by God to be an enriching, fulfilling part of life—thank God for creating humans as boys and girls, men, and women! At a deeper level, our sexuality finds ultimate fulfillment in the marriage relationship. God created us as social beings and we are blessed at theContinue reading “Sexual Brokenness”

Oneness In Marriage

Creation truths are those truths directly connected with God bringing the world into being. We neglect them to our poverty and ruin. One truth born in paradise concerns the purpose of marriage—out of one (Adam), God made two (Adam and Eve), so that He might join them back together as one in marriage. God’s goalContinue reading “Oneness In Marriage”

Good Things Come In Small Packages

The book of Ruth reminds us that good things come in small packages. It is a quick read checking in at just four chapters/85 verses. Furthermore, it is tucked in between more expansive books like Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel. It almost seems like an afterthought—what is such a tiny book doing among theseContinue reading “Good Things Come In Small Packages”

Funeral For A Friend

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. (Genesis 25:7-8) I conducted a funeral this morning. It was for a member of our church who passed away last week. He was 95Continue reading “Funeral For A Friend”

Surprised By God

The story of Ruth must have knocked the socks (or at least the sandals) off of its Jewish audience. It’s the account of a young Moabite woman who, rather than remain in a pagan land with her people upon the death of her Jewish husband, made the radical decision to accompany her mother-in-law (Naomi) toContinue reading “Surprised By God”

Remembering Who We Are

We were getting ready to take our oldest daughter to Bible camp. Another young lady, who would be riding with us, was being dropped off by her parents. She was their oldest child as well. But her parents didn’t engage in a long, drawn-out farewell (as I might have done). Nor was there any listContinue reading “Remembering Who We Are”