Category: faith

  • Logically

    Logically

    So Jesus died for all our sins past, present and future. Therefore there can be no law against anything any more if it is all forgiven. 23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.  1 Corinthians 10:23 Logical. But then […]

  • Being Reasonable

    Being Reasonable

    The following is taken from C.S. Lewis’ essay called “Why I am not a pacifist” written in 1940 and found now in a book called “Compelling Reason” published by Harper Collins in 1996. “….. Reason – by which I do not mean some separate faculty but ……, the whole man judging, …… about truth and […]

  • Believe

    Believe

    There is a wonderful Hebrew word called אָמֵן, ‘ʾāmēn’ from which we get our word “amen“. According to Strong’s Concordance it means “Be established, firm”. But it can also mean “Believe” and shows the connection between stability and faith that James talks about in James 1:6-8: “6 But when you ask, you must believe and not […]

  • No Law!

    No Law!

    Paul has said this a few times now:  When there is no law there is no sin: For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Romans 5:13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive […]

  • Faith

    Faith

    “If we emphasize faith does that mean we can forget about the law?”  Paul asks at the end of Romans 3. And then he answers himself:  “Of course not!  In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.” It seems to me that the first 4 chapters of Romans are primarily […]

  • Judgement?

    Judgement?

    Some years ago, some people came up to Jesus and asked him about cause and effect. They were wondering if the people who had died in a recent building collapse were worse sinners than those who died a natural death. Jesus’ response played down the manner of the physical death and drew attention to the […]

  • He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion

    He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion

    C.S. Lewis describes Aslan in those terms to Lucy in one of his Narnia chronicles, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The concept of a three personal God is very precious to me.  I love the idea that He is not depending on us before He works miracles, not even on our faith. Of […]

  • Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Part 2)

    Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Part 2)

    I was sharing my last blog with my family the other night and my eldest daughter (14) challenged me to sum it up in one sentence.  So here goes: Faith comes by hearing Jesus Christ speaking by the Holy Spirit the Word of God into your heart and mind and not just by seeing words […]

  • Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Part 1)

    Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Part 1)

    A couple of blogs back I wrote about the conflation there is in our terminology when referring to the Word of God.  Jesus Christ is the Spirit behind the words, the Power in them and the Way, the Truth and the Life of them.  The words on the pages of the Bible without His presence […]