The Passion in the Propitiation

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only […]

Take the Red Pill!

We want honest love and truly we are like Neo in the matrix – we have never breathed it or really tasted it. Everything is about our performance and about pretending our failures and the failures of everyone around us don’t matter when they do. 23 And this is His commandment, that we believe in […]

The surprising difference between evil deeds and righteous deeds

11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not marvel, […]

1 John 3:11-13 The adventures of Abbie and Cainie

11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not marvel, […]

The Idea of Reward

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of reward. There has been some discussion that grace precludes us from the dynamic of receiving rewards for doing well, and that is the genesis of this reflection. First let’s look at some scriptures which mention the idea of rewards: From the gospels: 12 “Rejoice, and be […]

Make Him Lord or Confess Him as Lord?

Have you ever been asked or heard someone ask, “Have you made Jesus Lord of your life?” The idea comes from this scripture: 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; (Romans 10:9, NASB). Let’s get […]

A Free Gift!

Ha ha, I made you look! I’m only giving away infinite joy and eternal acceptance and everlasting paradise, nothing “real”. It’s Christmas and let’s face it, we’re all thinking about presents. It’s OK, presents are a perfect metaphor for the gospel, and the more you dig into really enjoying that aspect of the season, the […]

Sure grace is awesome. Now tell me what to do!

Here’s a little excerpt from the ending of my upcoming book, “The Romance of Grace”: Once upon a time there was a wealthy young man that was looking for love. He could never trust that any woman he dated truly loved him, because of his wealth. So he moved into a small run down apartment […]

Go Your Way and Sin No More

No one on earth is worthy to condemn you, and the One who is worthy to condemn does not condemn, but died for the ungodly. 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and […]

Forgiveness and Cleansing

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; […]