The call really is to live differently

I am working my way through Leviticus… intentionally… Leviticus 18-20 and 1 Peter 1 offer similar exhortations: Where you are headed and how you succeed depends on the relationship you have with God. Live differently. You do NOT have to live like the people in that land. What 1 Peter reminds us in a very sober wayContinue reading “The call really is to live differently”

I am the immigrant

The increase in violence against Christians in Pakistan and Kenya are times to be reminded in my own life that I am the immigrant. I am a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven and that will call on allegiances the U.S. can never get from me. May my allegiance to the Kingdom of God growContinue reading “I am the immigrant”

WE are the immigrants

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:11-12, NIV) Our allegiance is not here. NotContinue reading “WE are the immigrants”

Kingdom Expectation Demands Change

The pro-life ethic is possible. It is not something laid out by Jesus and just left in the text of Matthew’s gospel. Peter picks it up (as do the other New Testament writers) and calls on the reader to understand the need for change. We do NOT have to live in the grip of thisContinue reading “Kingdom Expectation Demands Change”

A Faith So Precious

Meditating on 1 Peter 1 I continue to be in awe of the precious faith delivered to us as believers. It simply calls for a response! Why… oh why… do we not respond? We have a faith so precious is simply given by the Father because of his great mercy. It is so precious it never fades. MyContinue reading “A Faith So Precious”

“Spiritual”… Not “Religious”

For those making that claim, my contention is that the best way to be “spiritual” is to understand where real spirituality is found. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual houseContinue reading ““Spiritual”… Not “Religious””