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A Few Thoughts by Jason G. Lutz

“and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,” ‭(‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭NASB‬‬) I had something else entirely in mind for this week.  Yet, sometimes the Word simply crashes into us.  It’s so odd that I’ve read Thessalonians a dozen or so times and these words have yet…

Hope of Righteousness by Jason G Lutz

“For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.” ‭‭(Galatians‬ ‭5:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) The theological concept of Total Depravity is something which I have always wrestled with. Understand that I applaud the virtues and seek to do them; and I will probably always hold in some way that “honor is the morality of superior men”. I imagine…

Psalm 112 by Jason G. Lutz

 Psalms 112 is my life’s verse and I think the Message translation does a good job articulating the Purpose of the Psalm: being a person after God’s heart is its own reward. “Hallelujah! Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear GOD,  Who cherish and relish his commandments, Their children robust on the earth,  And the homes of the upright—how blessed! Their houses…

Red Letter by Jason G. Lutz

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” ‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭7:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) Red letters, Christ’s own words, have a unique way of checkmating our self-righteousness. I imagine at the time when “the sun never set in the English Empire” the bold captains of…

Turn the Other Cheek By Jason G. Lutz

But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.  (Matthew 5:39-42) I…

Love Your Enemies by Jason G. Lutz

“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,” ‭‭(Luke‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭NASB‬‬) Between Beckley and Princeton there is a billboard which reads, “real christians love their enemies”.  In all honesty we can only speculate on the intent of this billboard.  We can assume the intent is geopolitical issues or we can assume this is a…

Hold fast by Jason G. Lutz

“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.” (‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭1:13-14‬ ) I pray before I start my day and I read my Bible before I go run well before the sun rises.  I am really good at these spiritual disciplines until…

Light Affliction by Jason G Lutz

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (II Corinthians 4:18 NKJV) I think it wise for a Christian to abstain…