Knowing God Part 1

“Father I want to obey you, but I struggle to find the power to obey”, or some variation of this prayer, has been prayed at one time or another by every single authentic follower of Christ. Some of us have been Christians for most of our lives, yet the process of spiritual transformation remians a … More Knowing God Part 1

The Search for the Fountain of Youth and the Destruction of the American Church and State

This past Sunday as I taught through Hosea 7, I drew several parallels between the state of Israel in Hosea’s time period, and the state of our own nation and church today. Some of the parallels I made were rising crime and increased border difficulties (vs 1), a public that generally recognizes something is wrong, … More The Search for the Fountain of Youth and the Destruction of the American Church and State

Rejecting the Knowledge of God: The Effects on Israel and the American Church Part III

Analysis of American Culture through the lens of Hosea 4 continued…… Hosea 4:10-11 They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the LORD to cherish whoredom, wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding. As we continue our analysis of American culture and … More Rejecting the Knowledge of God: The Effects on Israel and the American Church Part III

Rejecting the Knowledge of God: The Effects on Israel and the American Church Part II

Analysis of American Culture through the lens of Hosea 4 In America, as it was in Israel, we find a lack of the “knowledge of God in the land”.  Because we find here in our land, as they found in their land, wide spread immorality.  There is “swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and adultery”.  It can … More Rejecting the Knowledge of God: The Effects on Israel and the American Church Part II

Christ’s Passion, God’s Patience, Our Portion

Originally posted on The Reformed Reader:
In a sermon on Lamentations 1:12 called “No Sorrow Like Messiah’s Sorrow” John Newton explained how our sorrow and suffering is always mingled with God’s mercy and patience.  Christ’s suffering on the cross, however, included no mercy or mitigation. “Did ever any other sufferer experience in an equal degree…

My Answer to a College Student in Plain English: Is Cessationsim Biblical?

I opened up my fb page today, and had a message from the daughter of a long time friend, and here was her question, and my response. Unnamed College Student: What is a historical/confessional understanding of Sola Scriptura? And how does that relate to the charismatic movement and what they teach? Me: Ok, that’s a … More My Answer to a College Student in Plain English: Is Cessationsim Biblical?

An Anatomy of Judgment: Clarity, Captivity, and Restoration Part III

In our last article in this series, “Anatomy of Judgment: Clarity, Captivity, and Restoration Part II” we had just witnessed God rejecting His peoples pseudo return to Him.  In verse 7, Israel, says, “I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better for me then than now.”  Life as they had … More An Anatomy of Judgment: Clarity, Captivity, and Restoration Part III

An Anatomy of Judgment: Clarity, Captivity, and Restoration Part II

In our last article we saw God, lay the lion share of the blame for Israel’s spiritual condition at the feet of the spiritual leaders in Israel.  Her prophets, her priests, and her kings had failed in their duties to lead, teach, admonish, rebuke, and protect the people from the idolatrous influence of the nations … More An Anatomy of Judgment: Clarity, Captivity, and Restoration Part II

An Anatomy of Judgment: Clarity, Captivity, and Restoration

As we move into examining Hosea chapter two, we begin to see a pattern emerge in the book.  First we see a devastating prophecy, which is then followed by a promise of hope, that is, if we look closely, much more expansive in degree and beauty when compared against the severity of the devastation.  That … More An Anatomy of Judgment: Clarity, Captivity, and Restoration