Jesus cleared your debt completely

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Colossians 2 JESUS CLEARED YOUR DEBT COMPLETELY And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set […]

God’s heart is for the helpless

Scripture Notes on Psalm 82 How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. (Psalm 82:2-3) All throughout Scripture, God has harsh words and strong judgments for those in authority who use their power to […]

The things that matter most

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” (Matthew 23:23) —– Sometimes in the Christian life it’s easy to put all our effort into […]

In Christ, God’s judgement will bring you joy

Scripture Notes on Psalm 96 He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.  (Psalm 96:13b) Most people don’t think of God’s judgement as a happy thing.  We get images in our minds of the great throne of God, of all the people of the earth being brought before Him for […]

All Who Are Oppressed

Was it only Jesus who was sent to “set the captives free”? I had a conversation once with a man who argued that it is the Church’s responsibility to help only those who are believers.  He pointed out what the Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 6:10,  “as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, […]

And Justice for All (Reflections on 9/11 and the cross)

I’ll never forget that day, and neither will you. They say that when dawn breaks over new-fallen snow, it’s like waking up to a whole new world… but I live in Florida. The only “new world” I’ve woken up to was heralded not by a carpet of fresh white winter, but the billowing black smoke […]

Punishment Prayers

Is it wrong to pray punishment on other people? “Fill their faces with shame [so] THAT they may seek Your name, O Lord.  Let them be put to shame and dismay forever; let them perish in disgrace, [so] THAT they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over […]

Justice and Love: Psalm 7

“I will thank the Lord because He is just; I will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.” -Psalm 7:17 Meditating on this passage recently, here are a few thoughts that came to mind. – Love without choice is not love, but slavery. Choice without consequences is not choice, but an illusion. […]

Traitors and Tyrants

“Why do You idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?” -Habakkuk 1:13b Judas was a traitor, used of God to fulfill His purposes (John 17:12). What of him? Consider the pagan conqueror Cyrus, “whose right hand I [the LORD] have grasped, to subdue nations […]