Sick in Sin

Luke 5:31-32, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” We are all ill, and it is killing us all. We all know this, for we all seek idols to give us pleasure in this life to…

The Good, Christian Death

Psalm 116:15, Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. Was this translated right? Does God truly take pleasure in the death of His saints? Yes! If you still doubt, here is my own Hebrew translation: “Precious in the eyes of YHWH is the death of His faithful/godly ones.” Death is never good!…

Have Mercy, O Lord

Psalm 51:1-2, Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Such should be our daily prayer. I adore this psalm, for in it we find the two parts of repentance: contrition—godly sorrow—for…

Who Is Like God?

Psalm 113:5-6, Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? There is nothing above God, so He cannot look up. He only looks beneath Him to us miserable creatures and within Him to His perfect Holy Trinity. Neither does He look beside…

Idolatry of the Self

Habakkuk 1:11, “Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!” These are the ways of the ungodly. To them, God’s favour is material fortune; to have misfortune is to lack God’s favour. Such are the wicked teachings of evil men, such as Joel Osteen, that blasphemous…

Faith, Not Reason

Romans 4:19, [Abraham] did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. Abraham’s faith overcame reason. Though by reason Abraham knew it was impossible for Sarah to conceive not only because…

Baptism Kills and Recreates

Romans 6:4, We were buried, therefore, with Him by baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Baptism performs two things in us: it kills us in our sin and raises us as new creatures who…