Of late I have been memorizing and praying back to God the great prayer of Habakkuk 3:17-19. But during much of that time I’ve also had in my Bible a 3×5 card upon which I wrote, some time ago, the text of Genesis 32:26b. Recently, as I was praying back the former to God, I happened upon the card in my Bible. In an instant, seeing them side by side, I realized the contrast between the faith of Jacob and that of Habakkuk.
“I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:2
“… Jesus calls disciples to tasks beyond their abilities, and the fact that the tasks surpass their abilities is evidence that the ministry is Christ’s, not theirs.” (James R. Edwards, The Gospel According to Mark, p.281)
Peter’s short second letter is perhaps as profound as any portion of Scriptures for the days in which we live. Sadly, it seems we’ve lost sight of the end of all things and thus have lost any orientation by which we might rightly embrace the present. That was the problem Peter wrote to confront. False teachers had arisen saying that there would be no final judgment (2 Peter 3:3-4). Deny accountability and you lose all ability to live faithfully. I titled this series Last Days Life Preservers.
Recently I enjoyed a talk with Adam Miller of Songtime USA regarding my book Life as Worship.
They’ve been running excerpts of the interview all week long during their radio broadcasts. If you’d like to listen in here is a link to the entire interview you can do so here: http://jkitchen.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/2017-05-16-John-Kitchen-Life-as-Worship-Podcast.mp3
The Bible has harsh things to say about those who put family before Jesus … Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (Matt. 10:37) “To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Yet another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord, but let me first sa
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bumbling through life
I encounter a
T in the road
What to make of this T?
An impasse? The end of my road?
A signal I should QUIT?
Or does the T signal, not a Termination, but a Transition?
As I consider my options something Emerges, standing between me and that fateful T …
Exaltation of the King who rules my journey
Examination of my heart as part of my journey
Exploration of the King
When we pray back to God His own promises given us in the Bible, Spurgeon said, we are “holding God to his word.”
He further says, “My brother, if you have a divine promise, you need not plead it with an ‘if’ in it; you may plead with a certainty. If for the mercy which you are now asking, you have God’s solemnly pledged word, there will scarce be any room for the caution about submission to his will. You know his will: that will is the promise; plead it. Do not give him rest until he
“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Reflect upon this one simple, profound sentence from the Bible. It tells us of one message but two groups of people.
The one message is the cross. In its simplest form it is the news that God loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to come into this world, live a perfect life in which He fulfilled every righteous demand