This morning, in my personal devotions, I read again the first three chapters of Genesis. In doing so, I was reminded of the sovereign majesty of the Lord. With effortless ease, the Eternal Creator perfectly sculpted the heavens and the earth. I was then reminded of the gracious nature of the Lord. He perfectly ordered … More The Gospel in the Garden
Jesus was in his final week as the humiliated Son of Man. He had made it to Jerusalem, and before him were large crowds, including civil and religious leaders who were plotting to kill him. Seeing them in their unrepentant state, and still filled with compassion, Jesus told them yet another parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it … More Crushed or Broken – Which are you today?
Paul’s heart is broken for his countrymen. From his own personal experience, he understands how immersed someone can be in zealous religion and yet remain so far from divine reconciliation and intimacy. It grieves Paul that his Jewish brothers and fathers are so religiously active and remained relationally alienated. It gives him no pleasure to quote Isaiah: But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held … More He Holds Out His Hands