Category Archives: Devotional Thoughts
The repentant heart renounces the stepladder of superiority; looking up to God for salvation keeps it from looking down on anyone else.
We want our kids to be okay when they are in step with the kingdom and out of step with the world.
Perhaps the delight of a little girl in broken seashells resembles a God who loves to pick up the fragments of shattered lives and gently put them back together again…
I knew Jesus was good and powerful, not just because the Bible told me so, but because Dad sang about it so much. The impact wasn’t in him telling me that Jesus was everything; it was him singing it.
Because the atonement is at the heart of who God is and what he has done for us, we can never fully exhaust the riches that flow from this event.
If He is so determined to stretch out His arms, let them be stretched out and nailed to the tree.
Through his vicarious victory, Jesus defeats the dominion of the devil’s deception and the stronghold of Satan’s shame. In the atonement, Christ the warrior king is both dragon slayer and divine satisfier.
I have an agnostic friend who cannot come to grips with the suffering he has witnessed in this world. “What can you say about a God who would allow such pain?” he asks. His question is deeply personal. Thankfully, the answer is too.
Redemption is not for our restriction, but for our joy. Christ did not die for our duty, but for our delight.
“Propitiation” is one of those five-syllable theological words that tend to break up polite parties. But it’s also a word that’s well worth the work of understanding.