Cursed Is The Ground

Would God punish someone for eternity in hell because of a bunch of sins committed in a few short years of life? That is a popular question being raised today. The question behind this question is, “Would a good God be fair or good to punish someone for eternity for that which was done in a finite life?” Seems like a good question. Let’s look at Genesis 3, just after Adam and Eve ate of the apple.

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17-19)

Was it fair for God to curse the ground for the rest of this age because of one sin, one instance of disobedience by Adam and Eve, something as simple as eating an apple? This question, just like the first one, is shortsighted and misses the point. It confuses and misunderstands the entire doctrine of sin. Continue reading

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Blessed Are The Meek

Of all the prophets in Israel’s history, Moses was arguably the most significant. After all, he led God’s people out slavery in Egypt and to the borders of the Promised Land. He wrote the first five books of the Bible. Yet, couched in Numbers 12, is a description of Moses I know I have read several times, but noticed for the first time recently. Continue reading

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Come And See

How do you tell others about Jesus? How do you share the Gospel with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors? Is it with cleverly-crafted arguments? Rock-solid apologetics? Taking them to a carefully orchestrated event or extragant revival meeting? Or is it with a simple, personal invitation? I believe the last method is the most effective and most Biblical one we can use as we follow Christ’s command to go and make disciples. Continue reading

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Love’s Motivation

What is your motivation for love? In our Sunday school class the other morning, we had a short discussion on this question. We are studying Paul David Tripp’s book, “What Did You Expect?? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage.” In the video companion to the study, Paul tells us our love for others ought to be motivated by gratitude and not duty, gratitude for God’s love for me. In the book, Paul writes: Continue reading

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A Faith That is Sure

“Faith is not believing in something you can’t prove, as so many people define it. It is, biblically speaking, reliance. A rock-solid, truth-grounded, promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from sin.” (Gilbert, Greg. 2010. What Is the Gospel? Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 74)

I came across this statement recently while reading Greg Gilbert’s book together with my wife. It stood out to me because I thought of a few close people in my life who view faith similarly…as checking your brain at the door, or that believing in Santa Claus is no different than believing in Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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A Holy Nation

In Exodus 19, the Lord leads the Israelites to the wilderness of Sinai where they remain for nearly a year. While they encamped, Moses went up the mountain to God and the Lord spoke to him:

“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Exodus 19: 4-6) Continue reading

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Loving Christ More

In Luke 7, Jesus is a guest for dinner at the home of Simon, a Pharisee. While reclining at the table, a sinful woman, stood behind Jesus at his feet weeping, wetting his feet with tears, wiping them with her hair, and anointing them with expensive ointment she brought with her. Simon, knowing the woman’s reputation, thought to himself that if Jesus was truly a prophet he would have known what kind of woman this was at his feet touching him. He does not believe Jesus is truly a prophet, let alone the Son of God. Continue reading

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