First, You Pick Up the Cross

“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27) Not to offend anyone here, but I believe we have a way to easy and convenient and almost metaphorical picture of cross-bearing. We are not talking inconveniences here. The term is way too glibly used. The general idea […]

Growing in Grace and Knowledge

Every morning I read Spurgeon’s “Morning by Morning” devotional. All of them are great, but some are exceptional. Today was one of those, in which case I do not want to withold it from you. “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace […]

Elihu’s Rebuke #3: God is Just

Well, after filling Job with hope, Elihu in his second and third speech really starts rebuking Job “for Job has said, ‘I am in the right, and God has taken away my right’” (Job 34:5) and “he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing that he should take delight in God.’” (Job 34:9). Part of […]

Barnabas, A Great Example of Encouragement

The first time we read about Barnabas is in Acts 4:36-37, where we read that “Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” From the […]

Pick Up Your Weapons!

The weapons of our warfare are really important in our daily walk with God, especially if we are living in light of being in the world but not of the world. The apostle Paul encourages us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 when he says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according […]

The Year Of

The year of 2009 (According to our Gregorian calendar) The year of the Ox (According to the Chinese calendar) The year of discipline (As this is much needed in my life) The year of the Cross of Christ (As I need to “feel” its weight more in my life) The year of the ESV Study […]

In Between

In between Christmas and New Year’s Eve In between my first and possible second attempt of passing CCIE In between my current job and my possible next In between studying Jesus and studying CCIE In between sanctifying the workplace and leaving it as it is In between getting healthy and enjoy In between kiss and […]

Take the Test

“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5) I don’t know about you, but if I read this verse I don’t get this warm and fuzzy feeling. […]

Faith, Hope, and Love

I ran into something interesting that I thought I’d share it here and dig into it a little bit more. I was looking for the exact wording of the famous faith, hope and love verse stated by Paul, “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians […]

Baptism #6 – Why Be Baptized?

Our study on baptism is progressing. We have talked about the old traditions of the Jewish mikvah, the baptism of John the Baptist, why Jesus had to be baptized, how we should baptize, and why we should baptize. The logical following question is, if not evident yet by what has been said, why you should […]