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God Touched Human Feet

In the Sunday sermon, we got to see a striking example of Christian humility in John the Baptist. When required to give testimony about himself to the Jews in John 1:19-28, John adamantly confesses that he is no one special, that he is only a voice, and that he is ultimately an unworthy slave of…

Seeing God’s Face

There’s something profound about the human face. From our earliest days as babies, we want to look at and understand other human faces. We want to see people’s faces when we talk to them or when they talk to us. Our most treasured art pieces, whether photos, drawings, paintings, or sculpture, are either focused on…

The Simple, Radical Faith of Christians

Imagine that someone came up to you and told you that, to be a truly faithful Christian and to inherit eternal life, you needed to give up your job, sell your house and the rest of your possessions, give all your money to the poor, say goodbye to your closest friends and family, and then…

Recovering Human Dignity

This past Saturday we wrapped up our version of the In His Image: Recovering Human Dignity biblical counseling conference from ACBC (The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). The conference was a great time of instruction, fellowship, and discussion. For today’s meditation, I thought I would briefly share some of the takeaways from the different conference…

The Depths of Contentment

(Today’s meditation is a guest post from our brother Mark Twombly. This is a slightly edited version of the original article, which can be found at Mark’s blog, In His Grip.) If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. (1 Timothy 6:8) Seriously? How? I know how to get along with…

A Diversity of Martyrs

I’ve been thinking more this week about a connection between our Sunday school lesson on early church persecution and Pastor Babij’s sermon on how The Gospel Makes All Things New. In Christ, people who normally would not have any reason to associate with each other but plenty of reason to hate one another find supernatural…

A Study in Salutations

On Sunday, Pastor Babij took us through the opening salutation or greeting portion of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Considering the theologically significant language Paul uses in his greeting to the Colossians, I thought it would be interesting to compare briefly the other greetings we see in the New Testament letters to see what we…

Let’s Build Christ’s Church

On Sunday, we finished our investigation of the spiritual discipline of the church, and I hope the study has spurred you on to pursue further mutual upbuilding. There are a few other construction-related thoughts I wanted to share with you, though. Rather than one midweek meditation today, we have three mini-meditations. Let’s Build While We…

Sorrowful yet Always Rejoicing

Yesterday, our dear sister Aprel passed away. Though older in age and experiencing severe cancer, she was a Christian woman with a vibrant love for Jesus and an eagerness to put his word into practice. Even while on her deathbed, she was listening to the Bible/sermons and exhorting her sisters to trust in the Lord.…

The Church, Christ, and Contentment

Last Sunday, we were reminded from the Bible about how much we need the precious mystery that is God’s church. Yet there is a way of overreacting to the Bible’s teaching on the church to the point of becoming too emotionally and spiritually needy toward people in the church. Like Peter who went from wrongfully…