For the Gospel

Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior (Titus 2:9-10).

Paul wrote these very words to one of his friends and disciples in one of his letters, to Titus. In what we call chapter two of his prose, Paul is describing what the Christian household should look like. That older men should be: sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness (Titus 2:1-2). That older women should be: reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled (Titus 2:3-5). And that younger men need to be: self-controlled (Titus 2:6). Paul instructs the household to live a Christian lifestyle, so that their very lives reflect Christ, so that their witnessing may not be obstructed by hypocrisy. He then instructs the last member of the household to: be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. Continue reading

Eagle: On Wings Like Eagles

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Isaiah is a hard book to swallow. The first half of the book (Isaiah 1-39) focuses on God’s coming judgment. The people have sinned, they have become like the other nations, whoring after other gods, and not repenting of their wrongs. Therefore, Babylon is coming to punish them and Jerusalem shall fall. Judgment and wrath will be pronounced on Israel. But, that’s not how the book ends. Continue reading

Firework

FireworksThe 4th of July/Independence Day is just around the corner, which means that for the last few weeks, neighborhoods have been sounding like war-zones from the explosions of fireworks.

Fireworks, nothing but sound and light, yet for centuries they have dazzled mankind.  Just last Sunday, I was at a firework display with a group of friends, and as an extremely bright one exploded, hurting my eyes from my pupils Flashlike contracting, a random thought snuck into my mind, and as the display lengthened, it ran rampant:  Continue reading