It Wasn’t The Nails

Traditionally, Good Friday is the day when we stop and consider the crucifixion; consider what we have done to Jesus; consider our sin in light of His perfect sinlessness. And it is right to look at it this way. It is right to mourn and deeply contemplate that it is our sin that led to […]

Why Should We Love The Torah?

The simple answer to this question should be because we should love Jesus, who is the fulfillment of the Torah (Matt. 5:17-18). “The law [Torah] of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;” (Psalm 19:7). Jesus, the Torah, is perfect and restores the soul, bringing us back into relationship with the Father. We should delight […]

The Dangers of a Divided Heart

The dangers of a divided heart are: 1. You can’t really love (1 Tim. 1:5) 2. You can’t really draw near to Him (Heb. 10:22) 3. You can’t really seek Him (Ps. 27:8) 4. You can’t really speak truth (Ps. 12:2) 5. You can’t really stand in His holy place (Ps. 24:3-4) 6. You can’t […]

What Jesus Added To The Shema

“‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. On […]

Paraphrase #2 – The Way of Love

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not Jesus, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have a prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not Jesus, I am […]

Discipleship 101 #5 – What Shall We Say Then?

So, looking at all that has been said, what shall we say then? All of this can be summed up in what Jesus said to the Pharisees: “But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him. ‘Teacher, […]

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 […]

Power, Love And A Sound Mind

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7) To be timid means to be lacking in self-assurance or courage, to be shy, or to be easily alarmed. But God has given us a spirit of power and of love and […]