Hating All To Be a Disciple of Christ

Hating All To Be a Disciple of Christ

The comprehensive cost Jesus is referring to is made explicit at the very end of Luke 14:26, in that following Christ entails a hatred of one’s entire existence. Keep in mind that hating one’s life is not an attempt to throw an increasingly larger pity party, for that...
Loving the Body Must be Primary

Loving the Body Must be Primary

As we continue to refresh our thinking about what is fundamental in the life of the church, here is a helpful question to begin with: What does Jesus point to as the key factor in identifying a group of his disciples?—”Others will know that you are my disciples...
The Guarding of our Souls

The Guarding of our Souls

In Psalm 25:20, David asked the Lord to guard him and then in v.21, he uses a synonymous verb to say that his integrity and uprightness guards him.  Which is it that guards him?—God or his character.  Both!  We know that God’s power is ultimately the cause of any...
Worship Which God Accepts

Worship Which God Accepts

Does our definition of acceptable worship unto God include what is found in Psalm 24:4, namely having clean hands and a pure heart?  It’s very sad, highly detrimental and incredibly deceiving that we have wrongly defined worship as getting a multitude of people in a...
God’s Flowing Love For His Sheep

God’s Flowing Love For His Sheep

As David thinks over who the Lord is for him and what the Lord has done for him, he comes to one conclusion at the beginning of Psalm 23:6—most certainly goodness and mercy will pursue him all of his days.  Goodness is anything that enhances someone’s welfare,...