“The Presence of the Lord” is NOT a figure of speech

The Apostle Paul was not using a figure of speech, or a form of symbolic writing in the following excerpt from his first letter to the Thessalonians:

“…to establish your hearts unblamable in holiness in front of our God and Father, in the presence of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:13) Continue reading

God’s “Approach Present” is more than a gift…It’s an offering…TO US!

An “approach present” — that is, an offering — has a significantly greater importance and purpose in the scriptures than simply a “gift.”

When Jacob met Esau, many years after virtually stealing Esau’s birthright, he didn’t simply bring a gift. Jacob brought his estranged and rightfully angry brother an “approach present,” an offering to make amends for the ill will that Jacob’s actions toward his brother had caused. Here’s the brief exchange at their reunion: Continue reading

Grace vs. Patience

God’s grace “superabounds(Romans 5:15), “superexceeds(Romans 5:20),  and “overwhelms,” (1 Timothy 1:14). His patience, however, is limited (1 Peter 3:20).

Want evidence? Read the story of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, Moses, Saul, Jonah, and countless others (Heck, read the whole book of Revelation!).

What’s it all mean to us today? Perhaps at least this: God can’t lose us, since Christ died for us, but we can lose Him if we become stubborn and rebellious, and remain that way (Romans 1:16-32).

I’d much rather live in the  Father’s superabounding, superexceeding, overwhelming grace, wouldn’t you?

Blessings and joy in the journey.