God gives you discipline to bring you peace

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, […]

God’s discipline is for your deliverance

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 5 GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS FOR YOUR DELIVERANCE You are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.  (1 Corinthians 5:5) It sounds so harsh.  It sounds so unloving. “What about grace?” some […]

God gives you discipline to bring you peace

Scripture Notes on Hebrews 12  It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. For the moment all discipline […]

And Justice for All (pt2)

How do we “reconcile” justice and mercy for those who hurt us? From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed […]

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 […]

Spankings of Life

What if “spankings” were the best thing that ever happened to you? “Blessed is the man whom You discipline, O Lord, and whom You teach our of Your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.” -Psalm 94:12-13 Spankings were never fun for me as a […]

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 […]