Mercy, Grace, And Favor /1

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 1 Corinthians 1:3 NLT The story is told that one day Francis of Assisi gathered his friends at a remote monastery in central Italy. When he asked them about their journeys, each brother had an exciting tale to report. One had […]

Say The Word: Humility

Humility, noun, from the Latin humilitas: a modest view of one’s own importance; humbleness, gentleness. Humility is sometimes confused with meekness or low self-esteem. It is impossible to be humble without a healthy sense of your own worth and abilities. The classic Christian view of humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of […]

Prayers Of Approach To Sabbath Worship

And what does the Lord require of you but to do what is right to other people, to show constant love, and to walk in humble fellowship with God. Micah 6:8 b On this Sabbath prepare your heart, mind and soul for worship with these simple prayers: Lord, empty me of this world. Lord, fix […]

Pride Or Humility?

We have all seen the bumper sticker: “He who dies with the most toys wins.” It’s a cynical statement about our materialistic culture. But there’s another layer of insight there concerning competition. Down to one’s dying day, life is all about comparison and competition. The apostle Paul wrote that it is not wise to engage […]

A Reminder

Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and has shed His own blood for my soul. Selah.

Humilitas

What shall I bring to the LORD, the God of heaven, when I come to worship him? Shall I bring the best calves to burn as offerings to him? Will the LORD be pleased if I bring him thousands of sheep or endless streams of olive oil? Shall I offer him my first-born child to […]

Humility or Humiliation?

The book of Proverbs is a compendium of wisdom. Of things that conform to the created order, and of things that do not. Put simply, the way things work, and the way they do not. So what does Proverbs say about (the virtue of) humility and its opposite, pride? Hear from Proverbs 18:12: “Before destruction […]

What The Lord Requires

What shall I bring to Yahweh, the God of heaven, when I come to worship him? Shall I bring the best calves to burn as offerings ? Will Yahweh be pleased if I bring him thousands of sheep or endless streams of olive oil? Shall I offer him my first-born child to pay for my […]

On Humility And Inescapable Gratitude

Becoming a Christian is an inherently humbling process. Not incidentally humbling. Inherently humbling. And it should work itself out into every dimension of our lives. On inherent humility: “Two men went up to the temple complex to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee took his stand and was praying […]