Morning Musings: Ephesians 2:4

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us…”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Have you ever wondered how and why our God could be such a merciful God?  Perhaps not.  Perhaps you’ve wondered more often why God seems like such an angry God.  If that’s the case, you haven’t been taught very well about the character of God.  That’s not your fault.  It’s a symptom of our culture. Read the rest…

The “All’s Fair” Dilemma

In this third part of our series, Marriage Myths, we take a look at the cultural myth that the perfect marriage is one in which the husband and wife are perfectly equal in every way.  While there is no difference in their value to the relationship, the husband and wife are not the same, nor were they designed to be.  Marriage isn’t about equality at all, as it turns out.  To see what it will do, keep reading…

 

The “All’s Fair” Dilemma

I brought a little something for show-and-tell this morning.  Who knows what this is?  Good.  It’s a mousetrap.  Okay, next question: Who knows what it’s for?  Close: It’s for breaking the spine or neck of a furry little woodland creature that is only a fraction of our size and was just out for an evening snack.  Its wife and 5,000 kids are probably going to starve to death now.  (Anybody feel guilty yet?) Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Isaiah 53:5-6

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Here, some 700 years before it would happen, Isaiah declares what is perhaps the deepest wonder of the cross.  On the cross, Jesus bore our sins.  All the things we have done wrong were placed on His shoulders.  He took the punishment that should have been ours.  And by ours, I mean everybody’s.  The sins of the whole world living at the time, of those who had died before He did, and of those who have lived in the years of human history since were credited to His account. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Galatians 2:21

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Verses like this one are a big part of why protestants tend to be so radically committed to salvation by faith alone.  Look at what Paul is saying here closely because this is really important.  If we could somehow get ourselves into a right relationship with God by means other than the grace of God as mediated through the death and resurrection of Jesus, then His death was without purpose.  It was entirely pointless. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Isaiah 45:4-6

“For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me.  I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

These verses and the few on either side comprise God’s message from Isaiah to the Persian Emperor, Cyrus the Great.  It is a remarkable bit of Scripture for two reasons. Read the rest…