Head to Toe

Reprinted from Blogedonia: Recently, I was mediating on this passage from Deuteronomy 25: “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife…

Shake It Off

Reprinted from Blogedonia The coach kneeled over me.  “Come on, shake it off.”  Shake it off?  I’d just been speared in the gut by a running back who had 10 yards to build up steam.  It could only be  harder to breathe if I were floating in outer space.  Worse than my physical injury, the opposing…

At Ludwig and Racquet

Reprinted from Blogedonia. Brotherhood Mutual Insurance (BMI) has been in business for 100 years, employs approximately 400 people (including me), and its mission statement is summarized as “Advancing the Kingdom by serving the Church.”  Many of its employees are professing believers. Around 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, a curious thing happens near BMI’s campus.  At…

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22) Contrary to popular opinion, Jesus did not come to this earth just to be an example for our lives. That idea actually reflects a very low view of Jesus, and of God as a whole. Not only that,…

Old Testament Prophecies of Christ

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) The Old Testament is filled with prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. Jesus has fulfilled or will fulfill (at His second coming) every one of them. In…

Jesus Christ, the God-Man

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the…

God, Our Judge and Our Savior

For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us. (Isaiah 33:22) Romans 14:10-12 tells us that we will all stand before God’s judgment seat and give an account of ourselves to Him. In Hebrews 9:27, we learn that this judgment will take…

Our “Just Deserts”

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it (James 2:10) What is justice? Justice means that we get what we deserve. In a court of law, justice is served when someone receives due punishment for the crime he has committed, whether it be…

Be Satisfied With What You’ve Been Given

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Exodus 20:17) This is about your attitude towards what other people have. We covet when we become envious of what others have. This is often…

Exalt Others Above Yourself

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor (Exodus 20:16) Proverbs 25:18 says, Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor. Our tongue can be a deadly weapon causing the destruction of other people. This commandment goes far beyond a witness giving…