Category Archives: gospel

The Death of HIS Saints


Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.  Psalm 116:15


We will miss them.   For many, they were always around.  They might be a family member, close friend, or role model.

For me, a recent passing of one of His saints struck quite close.  He was a point of reference to look back on when I would lose my focus.  He was a great comfort and source of counsel.  He was the one that remained calm even when provoked so far as to become angry.

Somehow, I always knew he would be there.  But now he is not.  And though, time and distance has seen us grow apart, there was always that bond that would draw us together.  When we would have an opportunity, he would make time just to have lunch with me.

Now he has passed on to the glorious presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  And it is He alone that made our friendship in this world possible.  To me, he was the embodiment of what it means to be Christ-like.  I ask myself, “what good did his passing accomplish if I am so sad?”  Just this…

As I saw Christ in him, I want people to see Christ in me.


Lord, Thank you for the life shared with me that was a dear saint to You.  Help me to rejoice with You.  Help me to be Christ-like as he was Christ-like.  In Your Name I pray…

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The Race


…[L]et us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1b-2 (NKJV)


The idea of a race to illustrate “life” is very familiar to many.  It represents struggle, grief, tragedy, training, winning/losing, suffering, agony, celebration, accomplishment, and so on.  In fact, it is the Greek word “agon,” as in “agony.”  The author of Hebrews (maybe Paul but I don’t get dogmatic about that) gets right to the point — we need endurance and that comes by Jesus.

Our race is not a sprint.  Our race is long distance race.  Our prize at the end of the race to which we look for is Jesus.  The promise of eternally being in the presence of Christ our Lord, God the Father, the Holy Spirit is what keeps us going in life.  And what did Jesus do for us that we have should have the endurance to run this race?

He endured the cross, despised it’s shame, and lived to sit at the right hand of the throne of God!  It was joy for Him!  It was joy because He gave His life for a sinner such as I that I may live.  He took the punishment I deserved and earned and gave me salvation and mercy that I neither neither deserved nor earned.  He laid in the grave where I should be rotting.  And on the third day  — HE AROSE!  He lives!  He defeated death and brought life (2 Timothy 1:10).

By looking to Jesus and His gospel I will endure.

 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”  “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (NKJV)


Lord, thank You for enduring what I could not.  I look to You as the Author and Finisher of my faith.  You died for the sins I could not pay for.  You live that I may have new life.  I look to You.

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Peddling the Word of God?


For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God; we speak in the sight of God in Christ.  2 Corinthians 2:17


Paul preached Christ’s gospel.  All else that happened was in the wake of that.  He preached Him crucified — died for our sins, rose for our new life.  Paul pointed out sin for repentance sake and encouraged godly living.  He had a low view of peddling, or “adulterating for gain,” God’s word.


When a preacher preaches about Jesus and all the “good stuff” but not about obeying Jesus (His first command was to “repent…”) or when he baptizes but fails to ask if the person has repented, he is peddling the word of God.  And it cooks my grits!  The whole gospel needs to be preached and not just the ooey-gooey feel good parts.


Lord, raise up men of God that will preach Your gospel.  Stop the peddling of Your word…

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