By His Grace

“David comforted his wife Bathsheba, came to her, and went to bed with her. She gave birth to a son and named him Solomon. Adonai loved him and sent through Nathan the prophet to have him named Jedidiah (loved by God), for Adonai’s sake.” ~ 2nd Samuel 12:24-25  The book of 2nd Samuel and subsequent…

Yom Kippur

Last night at sundown began one of the most observed days on the Jewish calendar.  Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement.  It is a day heavy with importance.  For the past few weeks, Pastor Nick has been walking us through the Tabernacle as described in the Old Testament.  Once per year, on the Day…

I Am Free

  When I left for work this morning, it was grey and raining, still a bit dark, a normal Tennessee winter morning.  First driver I encountered ran a stop sign with no headlights on, and I don’t mean he slowed down. He just went straight through.  Within a mile or so, a tractor trailer pulled…

A Strange Book Part 1: Types and Shadow

"I  regard  Job  1  and  2  as  the  strangest  chapters theologically  in  the  Bible.  The  story  they  tell  challenges  what  most Christians   believe   about  God,  man,  law,  causation,  and  time.  If everything  that  people  knew  about  God  were  based  on  the  first  two chapters  of  Job,  they  would  have  a  strange  religion.  On  the  other …

Grace for the Journey

We all go through different seasons in our lives.  Sometimes life is flying by, and we are coasting through unscathed.  Other times we feel like we are climbing Mount Everest through knee-deep peanut butter and briar patches. Right now, I am dealing with the latter.  I am a perfectionist, and I am SUPER impatient.  These…

Splinters

The other day, I was moving firewood from the backyard to our patio so we would have some dry firewood for this chilly weekend. As I was moving, of course I got a splinter in my thumb immediately. It was just a small piece sticking out and, after a couple of patient minutes, I pulled…

Light

 "I suppose that, the nearer we get to heaven, the more conscious we shall be of our imperfections.  The more light we get, the more we discover our own darkness.  That which is scarcely accounted sin by some men, will be a grievous defilement to a tender conscience.  It is not that we are greater…