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…

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…

Remember, Remember, The Gift of Your Baptism

Today is November 5th, and you know what that means! Countless social media references to the famous V for Vendetta line, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November.” Why remember the fifth of November? In 17th century England, a man named Guy Fawkes devised a plot to blow up London’s Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605, which…

Good Grief!

2 Corinthians 7:10, For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. As he hears some bad news, Charlie Brown exclaims, “Oh, good grief!” We often think of this as an oxymoron. Grief can’t possibly be good! It’s rather ironic that our culture views grief as a bad…

God Hears You

Psalm 88:2, Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry! Sometimes we know exactly what to say when we pray. We’ll ask God to protect someone we love, heal their illness, protection for ourselves, to look over our financial situation, whatever it may be. Other times, we may be at a loss…