It takes strength and courage – lots of courage – to live righteously. To make ourselves choose the right things, at each moment, against the push-pull of our natural minds and inclinations, the distractions of life, and the voices and trends of the world. It is hard. But we are to do it – it … Continue reading The strength and courage to live righteously
With God, and diligence in living by righteous principles, we can prosper no matter where we are. Continue reading How to have peace in a competitive world
Eternal life isn’t just something we will receive later on, after death and judgement. It’s not just a place, or a way of living that will start at this future point. Our trials aren’t just payment we deposit for many years and receive the benefits of much later on. Continue reading Eternal life: the reward of tribulation
I understand that this title is black-and-white. Most people are not one thing or the other (whatever thing it is), but bits of both. For Laman & Lemuel, they were also not wholly one thing, but were very close to it, from the evidence we have. I think they also developed through the years of … Continue reading Laman & Lemuel: regular guys with problems, or wicked, obtuse bullies?
The overall message of Romans is that we can never be free by living a sinless life – even if it were possible, it wouldn’t redeem us. That comes through a change of heart; a purification of spirit – which come through the power of Jesus Christ, who is perfect. The Law of Moses is the start, not the end. The end is Jesus Christ and redemption. Continue reading The faith of Abraham (Romans 4)