Posts from September 2014

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Refocusing Our Mind

by Ladd

We read and study the Bible but so often we seem to only be mouthing words and the reality and life changing aspects of the Scripture allude us. I’ve noticed in my own reading that I can finish a half-hour of study but the text hasn’t affected my life or seeped deep into my heart. […]

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

by Ladd

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 Could you imagine what it would be like if we were all peacemakers? What if through our ministries we could bring healing to broken marriages, discouraged Christians and a damaged world? Could you imagine a ministry where brothers and sisters start […]

In Christ Our High Priest We Have Assurance…

by Ladd

In Hebrews chapter 7:1-28 we are for the first time introduced to the thinking of why Jesus is described as a high priest “like Melchizedek (5:6,10; 6:20).  Melchizedek is a historical figure who appears for a very brief moment in the story of Abraham. In Genesis 14:17-20 we read, “After his return from the defeat […]

Where do you stand in light of the Grace of God?

by Ladd

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold, by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice, and He […]

Don’t Be Afraid of Change

by Ladd

Our Wednesday evening Bible study group has just passed the one-year mark. One complete year and we have made it to chapter 12 of the Gospel of John. We might be slow but we are steady, taking our time to decipher not only the exegetical meaning of the text but attempt to find a contemporary […]

A Call to Love

by Ladd

In the last post we contended that the law that is written in the heart is not referring to the letter of the law, but instead the principles behind the law. Those principles are love. We might not steal because we are afraid of the consequences and don’t want to go to jail. But, when […]

Better Promises

by Ladd

Our spiritual life changes, I believe, when we go from believing that Christianity is a series “of rules and laws that I must do,” to understanding that true spirituality revolves around, “what Christ has done.” When we think about it the difference between my doing and what Christ has done is as far apart as […]

Jesus Calls Them Out

by Ladd

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense, to repay every one for what he has done. “ Revelation 22:12 This is one of those curious verses in Scripture that seems to be out of sync with the great theme of the Bible that we are saved by grace alone. At first reading we might […]

Their Eyes Were Opened and They Understood

by Ladd

“So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained Him, saying, ‘Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.’ So He went in to stay with them. When He was at table with them, He took […]

The Third Traveller

by Ladd

Emmaus                                                                                     (from Ruth’s “Times Like This” CD) “As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing Him.” Luke 24:15-16 Two followers of Jesus were discouraged and downcast because all their dreams, beliefs and plans seemed to have been dashed […]