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Delight in the Law of God by Jason G. Lutz

For about a week I have been completely immersed in Ron Chernow’s new biography of General/President Grant and there is a very useful example for us in it.  It is common for even good historians to portray Grant simply as a man who liked to drink alcohol and liked to drink it too much.  This is misleading.  Grant, more than anyone else, knew that he alone could not…

Church Letter

Hello Family, As we go into this fall season, and we start to see the leaves changing, I cannot help myself from thinking about the life cycle of the church. Just as we see with the seasons, there are seasons where the church grows and is vibrant with new life and new people, and there are seasons where the church has to focus on healing, praying, fasting and giving…

With Fear and Trembling by Jason G. Lutz

“…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” ‭‭(Philippians‬ ‭2:12-13‬ ‭KJV‬‬) My purpose with this devotion has always been to encourage and uplift believers; to exhort each reader to God’s greater Good.  So I should probably clarify my recent line of devotions dealing…

Sin no more by Jason G. Lutz

“And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”” ‭‭(John‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) Is there any historical interaction with Jesus that is quite as satisfying?  The accused stands beside Him most likely guilty, yet most likely punished too harshly.  And she watches her accusers fall away one by one.  It is divine to hear God in the flesh say “neither…

Make no Mistake by Jason G. Lutz

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us…” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭12:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬) Considering our Gifts.  Who is this God that crosses the great abyss to not only redeem us but also give us abilities and talents for the purpose of edifying his church?  What other than the human frailty, which we all suffer, can doubt the Power of One who…

Dead to Sin by Jason G. Lutz

“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) God acted, perhaps christian understanding is this simple.  God is acting, perhaps Christian theology is this simple.  That which I could not do for myself, undo my sin; He did for me (God acted).  That which I cannot do for myself, be a…

Eternal Life by Jason G. Lutz

“that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” ‭‭(John‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) I imagine that each of you have seen some type of graphic or chart relating the differences between a leader and a boss, there are a couple of them floating around Facebook or LinkedIn.  An important point in these is that a leader works to make his or her people better.…

The Most Pitiable by Jason G. Lutz

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” (‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭15:19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) I must be honest, this is my least favorite sentence in the Bible.  I dislike it because it is so necessarily right, yet it is the one thought of which I want St. Paul to be wrong.  Quite simply, I want philosophy, science, economics, intellect, and ideas…

The wisdom of Men by Jason G. Lutz

“that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) It seems strange to type this, but I think the thing that Christians are most likely to forget is the power of God.  I should be more clear.  I think the most well meaning of Christians can be drawn into the multitude of personal affirmations found in the Bible.…

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…