The Tapestry of my Sin

I was listening to Dr. Peter Masters (a British preacher) on my Sunday duty day and he talked about how the law performed the work of humbling a person so that person could understand the need for grace. I concur on this point wholeheartedly.

My life is a tapestry of failing to uphold the Law. Woven in amongst the few times I’ve managed to be faithful to Exodus chapter 20 are the ugly strands of my sin. Should anyone think anything good of me, know that my weaknesses far outweigh my strengths; the number of sins greatly outnumbering the good deeds I’ve done. That is not a past series of events either, should you confuse the situation. I echo the words of Paul when he said, "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate."

Yet here is the point. Christ’s overwhelming grace (and thank God it is overwhelming!) overpowers my sin. Though my sins are as scarlet, and would ruin the pretty tapestry of my life, he has made them white as snow. I will always be so grateful for this reality. I pray that you are as grateful.

The Most Important Verse in the Bible? A Study of John 14:6

Today I launched a Bible study called, "The Most Important Verse in the Bible? A study of John 14:6."

What is the most important verse in the Bible? Is it even possible to pick one? After all, the entirety of the Bible is God's word. It seems a little presumptuous to think that any human can decide what that might be. Yet there are certain foundational truths in our Christian faith and perhaps the most important is that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. He is our cornerstone. As such, and with a simple yet deep study of John 14:6, I make my case in this first Navy Christian Bullet.

You can get this study for $.99 from Kindle (Amazon) or free from iBooks (search for the title). Nook and Kobo are coming soon!                         

Suicide...the Ache Behind the Smile

Even in laughter, the heart may ache (Proverbs 14:13). 

These words from the great philosopher king Solomon of the Bible ring true today as I think about the recent death of Robin Williams, several athletes in recent years (such as Junior Seau), and suicides of people I know personally. 

Anyone who has suffered through a loved one's suicide already knows the pain I'm talking about, but some may not. They judge those who suffer from depression and think suicide is a cop-out for the weaklings of society. 

Depression is an ugly monster and should be combatted as such while the sufferer should be treated gently and with much concern. We Christians should know better than to judge someone struggling with depression. Our spiritual forefather told us about this level of pain centuries ago.

We must all learn the people around us so well that we know when they ache at the heart level, even when they laugh. Robin Williams could make anyone laugh, and yet he was clearly hurting in recent times. Who knew him? Who didn't ask the right questions? Who are you invested in so deeply that you'd know if they were hurting? Just some thoughts to ponder. 

Thank you, King Solomon. Thank you, God, for his words.