Category Archives: FAITH

The Glorious Covenant of God

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“Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory?  For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.” 

2 Corinthians 3:7-11 (ESV)

The Ministry of Death and Condemnation

What did Paul and Timothy mean by “the ministry of death”?  Let’s look at 3 clues. First, in verse 6 they contrast it to the New Covenant.  Next, in verse 7…

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Milk Run: Mediator (Esther 4:12-14)

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This is one of a series of posts called Milk Runs which are intended to provide short, clear teachings from the Bible and their application for Christians.  For more information about the series, please see the explanatory post.  Now to the regularly scheduled programming:


When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.  For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.  And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther 4:12-14 (NIV)

The book of Esther is a little strange.  It starts with some background info that tells of King Xerxes wanting to show off his queen, Vashti, and…

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Steak Dinner: Why Did David’s Repentance Work?

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As I read the Old Testament (OT), a question has always surfaced for me: On what merit were the faithful of the OT saved?  Why are some people considered righteous while others are condemned, when both did sinful things, and what does that mean for my understanding of God?  This is a theological question and requires a theological answer, but before you tune out, please hear this: you cannot punt on this for being “too academic” or “not practical”.  Understanding who God is and who are His people is one of the ultimate practical topics. I don’t have a theology degree, but I know that I MUST have an answer to this question in order to make sense of the God I say I follow.

So, back to our OT friends.  How were they saved? Let’s look at a couple simple answers.

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Milk Run: Trust (Joshua 14:9,12)

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This is one of a series of posts called Milk Runs which are intended to provide short, clear teachings from the Bible and their application for Christians.  For more information about the series, please see the explanatory post.  Now to the regularly scheduled programming:

“‘So on that day Moses swore to me, “The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.” … Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day.  You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.'”

Joshua 14:9,12 (NIV)

The above is a quote from the appeal Caleb, son of Jephunneh, to Joshua to receive…

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Milk Run: Freedom (Romans 6:18-20)

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This is one of a series of posts called Milk Runs which are intended to provide short, clear teachings from the Bible and their application for Christians.  For more information about the series, please see the explanatory post.  Now to the regularly scheduled programming:

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. …just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.  When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.

Romans 6:18-20 (NIV)

What an amazing word of hope!  We who are in Christ Jesus are set free from our sins.  They hold no more power over us – they are not our great desire.  When we were lost, we…

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What is a Milk Run?

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If you’re reading this page, you’ve likely seen at least one of the “Milk Runs” posted on the blog, and more than likely you’ve wondered at the name.  Each post contains a description of the purpose of the series, in that they are regular posts designed to provide short, clear teachings from the Bible and an application for Christians.  But why are they called milk runs?

The answer can be seen in  1 Peter.

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. … Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 1:23; 2:2-3

Throughout the New Testament, we see an image of Christians that receive new life, being born again in the Spirit through faith…

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Greatness, Time, and Wisdom

For the reflective and thinking person…..

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Author’s note: Following a series of life events which conspired to prevent me from writing, I’m finally publishing the remaining stories from last year’s trip, as well as more recent writings which have never been released.  Thank you for your patience, and enjoy the ride!

There’s a story in David Batstone’s book Not for Sale about a woman who works in rural Thailand to rescue children from the slave trade.  It’s a powerful, moving tale as she boldly goes into situations where she is not wanted in order to rescue them, and it left me wondering.  You see, almost no one outside of those who have read the book and she knew directly will ever hear about her.  Yet how great is the work that she does?  Almost all of us would agree that she is having a tremendous impact on the world…

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