Ephesians 4:8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” Have you ever thought to identify yourself as a prisoner of war? Do you understand that you were once a slave held in bondage and shackled to your guilt and shame? You were
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. The Son of God was pierced, crushed, chastised, and wounded on account of moral crimes you and I committed. We broke the law and
Isaiah 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. This text teaches two things: That Jesus bore the weight of, and carried away our grief, sickness, pain, and sins That we considered God the responsible party for the afflictions of Jesus; (i.e.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. We all have some sort of disgust over sin. It will vary of course by any number of things within our individual lives. Most of us won’t be
1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. The word “ransom” reminds me of any number of old hostage movies. A bad guy takes a
Psalms 62:7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. When our kids were littler they would fight about which child owned their momma. One would say “she’s my mommy,” and the other would say “no, she’s my mommy.” Then we would try to explain to them that
Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, In Christian circles we typically talk of a “great exchange”. Jesus lived the perfect life we are called to live, and died the death we deserve for
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Most of last week I was rebuilding chilled water pumps in a mechanical room with another contractor. He had a contemporary country music station playing each day I was there.
For the past couple of months, we have been going through a book called “The-Ology” by Marty Machowski. It is written in short and easily digestible sections which work well for the family that does not have much time to sit together nightly under the Word. The book is divided into eleven sections. Here is
Psalms 4:8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. It is currently 3:42 in the morning. I have been awake for the past two hours unable to fall back to sleep. It is ironic to me that the verse of the day provided