Are You Imagining Precious Moments Jesus or Warrior Jesus?

The manger reveals a God who sympathizes with our human frailty. The Bible also reveals a warrior king who is mighty God, ready to fight on behalf of his people.

Jesus’ strength as a warrior was displayed in taking all the blows we could not. He went to the cross and won our salvation. And further, Jesus didn’t fully complete his mission either. Jesus came once but he promises that he will come again. And when he comes again he will destroy every enemy that he left undestroyed. He is both the infant in the manger and the rider on the white horse armed for battle in Revelation.

4 Christian Principles For Making New Year’s Resolutions

The Word of God gives us not only permission to make resolutions, it gives us good reasons for doing so.

In considering how to glorify God in all that we do in our particular circumstances and callings, we would be wise to resolve to make particular resolutions to assist us in our sanctification. This we do by the power of the Holy Spirit, resting assured that we have been declared righteous by the Father because... Continue Reading

The Great Trinitarian Debate

Teaching the importance of the Trinitarian nature of God and its relevance for doctrine and life.

Today, Tenth has again been called to take on a serious challenge to the faith we hold dear. It is our privilege to take up ‘arms’ for our King in a battle far more foundational than those two huge debates of the 20th Century – the Doctrine of God and the full deity of Jesus Christ.... Continue Reading

Perseverance of the Saints: Receiving in Order to Continue

Our being never occupies a realm of reality outside of God’s sovereign sustaining

“This is why it is perhaps helpful to speak of the preservation of the Christian by God before speaking of the Christian’s perseverance. Yet, even as we do this we need to be clear about what the Christian is persevering in doing. Put another way, what does God’s preservation of his covenant people, the bride... Continue Reading

Stop Second Guessing God’s Affection

Do you know that you have been eternally on God’s mind and heart.

God has looked down the corridor of time and has seen your sinful attitudes, thoughts, words, and deeds. Additionally, with his omniscient eye he has foreseen your incorrigible free will. Left to yourself, you will not relent and you will not repent. However, despite knowing your sin and lack of repentance, God has foreknown you. He... Continue Reading

Grace that Amazes

One of the recurring struggles every Christian without exception has is the struggle to realise how astonishingly blessed it is to be a Christian.

If you are a Christian you are ‘more than a conqueror through him who loved us’ (Rom. 8:37). More than a conqueror? Me? Yes, you. This is not true only of seasoned, mature, particularly holy Christians – it is true of all Christians, whether you feel it to be true or not.   One of the... Continue Reading

“I Feel Forgotten”: A Decade Of Struggle In Rural Ohio

“They worry about making everybody else happy,” he said. “I feel forgotten.”

Yet, like many other members of the country’s white working class, Jessie and Tracy feel that the country has abandoned them. When I called him last week, Jessie said that he feels as though the government is “bending over backwards” to help other groups—immigrants, minorities—while ignoring the people hurting in his community. “They worry about... Continue Reading

Incarnation or Reincarnation

The birth of this unique man-child in the little town of Bethlehem long ago brings sanity to humanity, and especially to our time of revolutionary change.

The human male baby, born of a woman created in God’s image, is what the Creator gives us at Christmas time. Jesus is the perfect image of who we were meant to be. Thus, we need the incarnation, not reincarnation. We need the final revelation of God in human form, who, bearing our sins, died on the... Continue Reading

When Christians Dwell In Unity

Is it possible for brothers and sisters to disagree and yet maintain unity?

As we have said, our union to Christ and to one another is His gift, not our achievement. But the manifestation of our union is both a calling and an achievement. As Calvin taught us, what is true of us in Christ must be “ratified amongst us by reciprocal harmony and brotherly love.”   All believers... Continue Reading

Even If He Doesn’t

It’s possible to beg God for one outcome, and praise Him in the middle of a different outcome

“Somewhere along her Christian path, some teacher or mentor had told this woman that God is good because He does what seems right to us. She had been taught that we are to name what we want and claim it territorially, as if we can instruct God on the best way to do things.”  ... Continue Reading