Remembering (Forgetting?) the Sins of My Youth (Boice)

In Psalm 25:7 David prayed this: "[LORD], do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions" (NASB) [חַטֹּ֤אות נְעוּרַ֨י וּפְשָׁעַ֗י אַל־תִּ֫זְכֹּ֥ר]. Obviously David was thinking about the sins he had committed as a boy - maybe when he was a teenager. He's basically asking the Lord to forgive his past sins. This is… Continue reading Remembering (Forgetting?) the Sins of My Youth (Boice)

Refuge in Christ’s Righteousness (Toplady)

This morning while studying the incomprehensibility of God I found this great hymn by Augustus Toplady. Based on the last stanza, it could be called "Love Incomprehensible." Here it is - it's great devotional reading for the day! 1 From thy supreme tribunal, Lord,Where justice sits severe,I to thy mercy seat appeal,And beg forgiveness there.2… Continue reading Refuge in Christ’s Righteousness (Toplady)

Ten Ways to Bless an Enemy (Welch)

Many Christians know those verses in Scripture that call us to do good to our enemies and to people who hate us. Jesus said we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Mt. 5:44). He also told us to bless people who curse us (Lk. 6:28). The Apostles echoed these teachings… Continue reading Ten Ways to Bless an Enemy (Welch)

Hymn: Of A Rebel Made A Son (Newton)

  Although this hymn by John Newton might have a few titles, one line in it would be my choice for a title: "...Of a rebel made a son."  Whatever it is called, here's Newton's wonderful hymn that exalts the grace and love of Christ.  Say it out loud! Saved by blood, I live to… Continue reading Hymn: Of A Rebel Made A Son (Newton)

Hatred, Forgiveness, and Justice (Guinness)

 In chapter 5 of his excellent book, Carpe Diem Redeemed, Os Guinness makes a great point that true justice does not have hatred as its fuel: ...Hatred poisons society and holds the hater captive as mercilessly as any ancient Pharaoh, Southern overseer, modern tyrant, or sexual predator.  Will the United States ever transcend racism and sexism?… Continue reading Hatred, Forgiveness, and Justice (Guinness)