“If one goes to defile himself, openings are made for him; and he who goes to purify himself, help is afforded him.” Tractate Shabbat 104a Openings – Recently a man in China asked me to pray for him. He was having violent dreams and he was afraid that those dreams would cause him to act violently. […]

Now flee youthful lusts, and pursue after righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 NASB Pursue after – Something makes you do it. You don’t want to, but at the moment when you should say, “No,” something just overtakes you and you end […]

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,  Isaiah 1:16  ESV Clean – God instructs His people to “wash” themselves.  He demands ritual purity and the submission that accompanies humility before Him.  We might think this is sufficient.  If we just worship the Lord […]

and lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, for You recompense a man according to his work.  Psalm 62:12  NASB Recompense – At what hour of the day were you hired?  Ah, you’re immediately transported to that parable about the graciousness of God.  You know; the one where the master hires workers at all hours of the […]

1.  We are generally (perhaps deliberately) unaware of the giant chasm created by the smallest of sins and the demands of God because the Church has taught us that we are under grace and therefore the tiny sins don’t really matter.  They are simply errors in judgment.  If my greatest sins can be easily forgiven […]