No Mercy

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Understanding God (unabridged)

Apr 19 2014

It is not a very nice thing to say, but just between you and me, does it seem that God is two-faced? A bundle of contradictions? When the subject of God’s identity comes up, conflicting traits are attributed to Him with straight faces, nods of consent, and few questions. But the issue remains: Is God […]


Understanding God (Part 3)

Apr 18 2014

If I go to the Scriptures from my perspective of pain, I must rationalize them and compromise God to gain an understanding that suits my experience. On the other hand, if I come from the Scriptures and let them speak to me concerning my pain and my Heavenly Father’s understanding, my perspective on pain changes. […]


Understanding God (Part 2)

Apr 16 2014

When it comes down to it, God’s ways are beyond our full understanding (Is. 55:8-9). In fact, were it not for the revelation of God in the Scriptures, and His dealings with those who came before us, we would find God totally incomprehensible. Perhaps the biggest mystery is why God wants us to know Him […]


Understanding God (Part 1)

Apr 14 2014

It is not a very nice thing to say, but just between you and me, does it seem that God is two-faced? A bundle of contradictions? When the subject of God’s identity comes up, conflicting traits are attributed to Him with straight faces, nods of consent, and few questions. But the issue remains: Is God […]


Into or Out of? (unabridged)

Apr 12 2014

Do you recall Paul exhorting Timothy to handle the word of truth accurately (ref. 2 Tm. 2:15)? I’m talking about Paul, the Apostle in the Bible, and Timothy his mentee. I am troubled about the mishandling of Scripture and want to discuss my concern with you. Then, as this week of thoughts progresses, offer a […]


Into or Out of? (Part 3)

Apr 11 2014

The larger the tree felled by the critic’s axe, the more powerful the critic feels. I think sometimes the biblical critics fancy themselves gods because they disparage God’s Word. When you encounter a biblical critic, ask yourself what is at stake. More often than not, it is the critic’s standing with those who are within […]


Into or Out of? (Part 2)

Apr 9 2014

Have you ever been the victim of a sound bite, a short phrase lifted out of a broader conversation? Sure you have, and when it happened you moaned in frustration, “That’s not what I said!” How would you feel if you were God, had penned an incredible manuscript of thousands of words, and then someone […]


Into or Out of? (Part 1)

Apr 7 2014

Do you recall Paul exhorting Timothy to handle the word of truth accurately (ref. 2 Tm. 2:15)? I’m talking about Paul, the Apostle in the Bible, and Timothy his mentee. I am troubled about the mishandling of Scripture and want to discuss my concern with you. Then, as this week of thoughts progresses, offer a […]


How Much is Jesus Worth? (unabridged)

Apr 5 2014

Have you ever tried to conceptualize how wealthy Jesus Christ is? When you think of the wealthiest person you know, or know of, that is only a miniscule representation of Jesus’ net worth. After all, everything is His. All the wealth of the world is His to disperse as He sees fit. He is God, […]


How Much is Jesus Worth? (Part 2)

Apr 3 2014

When Jesus announced His intention to the angels surrounding His throne, surely someone must have said, “What are you thinking?! This is lunacy. Why are you going to risk everything in a worthless investment? The folks down there don’t give a rip. Why would you condemn yourself to the poor house?” I think His reply […]


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Understanding God (unabridged)

Apr 19 2014

It is not a very nice thing to say, but just between you and me, does it seem that God is two-faced? A bundle of contradictions? When the subject of God’s identity comes up, conflicting traits are attributed to Him with straight faces, nods of consent, and few questions. But the issue remains: Is God […]


Into or Out of? (unabridged)

Apr 12 2014

Do you recall Paul exhorting Timothy to handle the word of truth accurately (ref. 2 Tm. 2:15)? I’m talking about Paul, the Apostle in the Bible, and Timothy his mentee. I am troubled about the mishandling of Scripture and want to discuss my concern with you. Then, as this week of thoughts progresses, offer a […]


How Much is Jesus Worth? (unabridged)

Apr 5 2014

Have you ever tried to conceptualize how wealthy Jesus Christ is? When you think of the wealthiest person you know, or know of, that is only a miniscule representation of Jesus’ net worth. After all, everything is His. All the wealth of the world is His to disperse as He sees fit. He is God, […]


Who Am I?

Mar 27 2014

There is often confusion between who we are in Christ (our true/new identity) and what we experience in our lives (condition/circumstance). As Christians, God declares certain characteristics true of us—whether we experience them practically or not. These declared aspects of our identity are unconditionally made by God simply because we are His children and are […]


Engaging (unabridged)

Mar 22 2014

When was the last time you looked outside the window of your life to the world beyond? Why do I ask? Each of my blogs/letters to you over the last year or so have focused on the difficulties you are facing, how to keep your spiritual wits about you, and each has offered encouragement about […]


Engaged Faith (unabridged)

Mar 15 2014

How long has it been since you were engaged? I’m not talking about to your spouse. How long has it been since you were engaged in an intense contest, a big game, an all out battle? Do you recall Hebrews 11:6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God?” The author of this great chapter […]


Is God Fair? (unabridged)

Mar 8 2014

Have you noticed that life is not fair? Sure you have. But even more troubling than this, have you realized that God is not fair either? Many turn to the Old Testament book of Job for inspiration when they are facing struggles and trials. No doubt, Job suffered mightily, and he made many grand declarations […]


Circumstances (unabridged)

Mar 1 2014

Can you determine whether or not God is pleased with you by evaluating the circumstances around you? If so, then God is pleased and blesses you when circumstances are suitable, and pleasant, and to your liking. On the other hand, if you are in the midst of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day—or […]


Burdens (unabridged)

Feb 22 2014

How are you feeling? I don’t mean in your stomach. I mean how is your soul feeling? There are people who forge ahead apparently unaffected even though everything around them is dismal and discouraging. To be honest, I’m not one of those folks. Circumstance is anything but stable. When you look out the window of […]


Prayers for Deliverance (unabridged)

Feb 15 2014

Do you have any idea how many people are praying for you? While you might not have realized it, the body of Christ—your brothers and sisters in the faith—are praying for you, thinking about you, and caring about what concerns you. It is an interesting thing to be prayed for, isn’t it? Sometimes our Father […]