Peace overcomes pain

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.Psalm 22:1-2, Bible This psalm from chapter 22 is often read on Good Friday. …

Powerful oath of the scrotum

As a kid in the schoolyard, I remember making promises to do something, or making an oath to reinforce what I said was absolutely true. One went like this: "Cross my heart, and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye." And if we got away with crossing our finger hidden behind our backs, …

Where is God

Where is God?  As Christians, we believe just because we know or we assume something to be true.  There are some who won't believe until they see God and heaven.  Downside of this is that they may never get to see until they pass from this life.  By then, will it be too late for …

Big catch, big grace

In Jesus calling of his first disciples, I am continually surprised by Simon Peter’s initial statement to Jesus (Luke 5:8-9): "But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at …

Extraneous teachings to the gospel?

There is a temptation to add to the gospel supplementary reasons why Christ Jesus came to earth, namely teachings on prosperity and social justice. Does the gospel necessarily include prosperity or an inherent calling to improve the world through working to heal the environment or eliminate poverty.  It might be a spirituality but I do …

Day 1: Good news: I’m free from sin

Free from sin. I am freer today than before. Not that I sin any less. I am still the same sinner-saved-by-grace that I was before. I'm just now not bound by the guilt and shame. Guilt and shame is what many Christians struggle with.  For some, it's everyday.  For others,  it's when they're reminded of …

Time of joy, good tidings, and doing good

We subconsciously pickup from Santa songs that we get gifts according to how naughty or nice we've been.  If there were such a list, our gifts would be something we earn for doing good things (not totally free without strings attached). Don't we give with the intention that it's a free gift without strings attached …

Texas church massacre: May God heal us

May God's peace, love and mercy, be with the families and friends of First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, TX.  In this time of tragedy and sadness, may the prayers of the saints rise to heaven, and may the Lord hear our cries and heal our land. _______________ People are looking for answers and reasons.  Who …

God of miracles turns water into wine

The story of Jesus turning water into wine in John 2 shows us something about Jesus' grace. God is a holy God but yet, he is loving and merciful enough to engage in the earthly and common things in this world. God humbly comes into our world, uses a common object (water jugs used for …

October 31 marks a freedom from good works

October 31 is a special date that marks the beginning of Protestantism.  No, not Halloween but the day one monk-professor protested the Church's illegitimate rules and regulations.  It was the beginning of the western church's road to reform. Martin Luther, a young Roman Catholic priest before he was kicked-out, had nailed the Ninety-Five Theses on …

Restoring a broken world: via God’s strength in human weakness

In 1 Corinthians 4:9-13, St. Paul the Apostle shared with the Christians and the Church in Rome about how he was mistreated and suffered persecution. He was comparing his suffering with the Christians who gloried in their power and strength. It's a very stark comparison. For it seems to me that God has put us …

A saint in God’s dominion and a sinner in the earthly dominion

As Christians, are we fully-redeemed saints of God, or are we still sinners?  As believers in Christ, while we live in this earthly dominion, we are also a part of God's heavenly dominion.  In other words, we have one foot on earth and one foot in heaven.  Our citizenship is simultaneously in both our heavenly …

Eating and drinking out of faith

The apostle Paul was very sensitive toward the conscience of fellow believers--especially those who were new believers in Christ.  Recent converts to Christ would have experienced a new-found freedom in Christ.  They came from either strict Judaism where rules and regulations binded them, and if from paganism, Gentiles would have had little or no rules. …

God’s election of a predestined group

  The debate about Calvinism vs Arminianism sometimes center around the issue of predestination.  Everyone believes that God does predestine, but to what extent are we predestined to?  God has predestined that Christ should live within the believer in order to be saved, but the question is: Does God predestine a certain chosen or elected …

Doing Good Works: Praying, Fasting, Charitable Giving

Some devoted Christians around the world will be observing Holy Week starting this coming Saturday till Sunday, 9-15th of April 2017. For many this can be set aside as a holy time for praying, fasting, giving alms and doing charitable deeds to help the underprivileged. What a special time! An angel in Acts, announced to …