Ephesians 2:8-9 Almost every church, every denomination believes something about “grace.” Many, like ours, says we are “saved by grace though faith in Jesus Christ.” Ah, but that’s where the confusion starts. What is grace? What impact does it have on our lives? What, if anything, does it guarantee about our behavior? Are we secure […]
Philippians 4:10-13 When I was in the high school choir in 19**, we performed a song called “The Twelve Days After Christmas.” It began, “On the first day after Christmas, my true love and I had a fight.” The song continued to describe either inferior gifts (the “Gold Rings” turned her fingers green) or […]
Matthew 2 He was an avid builder, even initiating the rebuilding of the Temple. But he was also a friend of Rome – a position that gained no friends among the Jews. He reigned when Jesus was born – an event that should have been a non-event in the world’s eyes. Then, Herod met the […]
Matthew 1:16-25 Joseph was rattled by the news. You would be too. But, Joseph was a righteous man, a kind man, and one who responded positively to God. We know the story, but it’s worth pausing to consider how unique this man is!
Psalm 150 From start to finish, the book of Psalms speaks of the greatness of our God. No wonder it ends with this simple passage focusing on worship! And what better timing to land here: after the American holiday of Thanksgiving and the global holiday of Christmas!
Psalm 149 Music is always changing. What is today “classic rock” was once new rock and roll. New instruments, new uses of older instruments. What is now considered “classical” was once new, contemporary compositions for orchestra and voice. Often, the new music was disliked, but it lasted. The psalmist, 3,000 years ago, called his readers […]
Psalm 136 If you have been around BBC for long, you likely know my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It’s not because the Cowboys are playing. Nor is it because of the turkey. It’s not even because of the green bean – white corn casserole my wife makes! All those are great, but I like it […]
Psalm 148 Looking at the night sky in the high desert is amazing. No lights to hinder the view; no clouds or haze to knock out the light of the more dim stars. And all those stars – and planets, and moons, and galaxies, and nebulae, and everything else came from the hand of God. […]
Psalm 145 We often hear about “head faith” vs. “heart faith,” usually in the context of a person’s “real” salvation. I don’t believe such a distinction exists in the Bible, but I will abuse the phrase here to remind us of an important truth: Do we point to specific ways God has worked in, through, […]
Psalm 144 This last week, John MacArthur made a public comment about the well-known author and speaker Beth Moore. The firestorm that followed was fascinating to watch. Many supported MacArthur. Many supported Moore and attacked MacArthur for his words and/or his tone. Some attacked those who supported MacArthur, others attacked those who supported Moore. Few […]