Some choices result in a harder path than others, but the first step along those paths is often no more difficult than the first step down an easy path that leads to destruction.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.(1 John 4:18-19 ESV) Continuing to look at Biblical exhortations to “fear not”: I fear God. I fear judgment and punishment. […]
Have you taken steps to ensure the insatiable beast of desire and sin cannot wreck your life?
Recently I have been a bit stuck for what I should be writing about. There are some topics I’d like to address, but I’ve felt as though this is not the correct time for me to venture my as yet partially-formed thoughts on certain issues. Then this morning while my son trashed our house and […]
This post may get messy. God is teaching me some stuff and I’m not completely clear what it all means. Perhaps I should wait until things are more clear in my mind before writing – but then I would not be able to write anything! In a nutshell, it feels as though God is using […]
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24 ESV) As a father, God calls me to avoid provoking my children because it will […]
“Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. (Matthew 13:7 ESV) “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22 ESV) By natural birth […]
The ESV translation of 1 John 4:10 uses the word ‘propitiation’, a big scary theological term which has dropped out of common use in English as some Bible translators decided that we are too stupid or lazy to work out what it means. The word ‘propitious’ means to have a favourable disposition towards someone. In […]