Pastor of First Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.
Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2019
“Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6).
Only by fully appreciating the sacrificial imagery of the cross, and the work of Christ accomplished upon this instrument of death, do we stand any chance of comprehending the implications of his call to carry our cross and to crucify ourselves upon it daily. Don’t be fooled by stained glass and padded pews. A cross is rough, unattractive, unsanitary, unappealing, inconvenient, risky, deadly, painful, and disruptive. No wonder so few pick it and even more lay it down.
Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2019
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you…” (Isaiah 43:2).
Having always considered myself comfortable around water, my one experience with whitewater rafting left me shaken and pledging that I would never do it again. My preference is now to be found in the stillness and familiarity of a lake, pond, or bay, not the uncertainties that come with raging rapids. Life, however, is more like that dreaded river—moments of sheer terror that must be endured while clinging to the promise of still waters that lie ahead. Time and time again, from the Red Sea to the Jordan River, God’s faithfulness has been proven through the watery paths that would stand between His people and their ultimate destiny.
Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2019
“In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men” (John 1:4).
The toll life takes can skew one’s perspective…dreams fade; hope dims. The life of Jesus points to possibilities greater than anything we could have ever imagined. Embodying human flesh did not drain life from Jesus but, rather, He brought life to human existence. His is a testimony of what our life can and will be.
Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2019
“And He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man” (John 5:27).
Having fulfilled the standard of righteousness established by the Father, Jesus, himself, has been entrusted with the execution of the final judgment. The Day of the Lord and the final judgment must not be taken for granted. As was Christ’s birth, it shall be done in the fulness of time. Do not confuse its delay with indecision. It will be sudden and decisive. Live expectantly! His desire now is to be our Savior for, ultimately, he will be our Judge.
Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2019
“Jesus said to him, ‘You have said it yourself; nevertheless I will tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven’” (Matthew 26:64).
The supreme confession of the New Testament, “Jesus is Lord,” is a declaration that he is God. This is the testimony of the biblical writers; affirmed in the deeds he performed. Only God has the authority to forgive sin, cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, to lay down his own life and raise it up again. And, now, even to the inquiring high priest, Caiaphas, he admits to his divine status as the Son of God. For his disciples, however, the authority of Jesus isn’t so much an intellectual acknowledgement as it is the unrelenting pursuit of a lifetime, evidenced in how we live. Just as he proved it out in his life, we are to prove it out in ours.
Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2019
“Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude” (Colossians 2:7)
The clamor for deeper bible study is, frankly, a request that emerges from arrogance; put forth by those desiring to be seen by others as more “enlightened.” The more appropriate challenge in Christian maturity isn’t going deeper but growing taller. If Christ is the foundation of faith, we cannot go deeper than the foundation provided and must, instead, build up on the foundation laid. The foundation of Christ provides the springboard for a faith overflowing with gratitude not spiritual arrogance.
Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2019
“My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me” (John 7:16).
Never mind the facts, the reasoned arguments, or empirically verified observations…having an opinion, regardless of how uninformed or erroneous it may be, has become the great equalizer. Even in matters of faith, personal opinion has supplanted scripture as an authoritative guide. It’s a revealing and dangerous practice. The one seeking to define God according to their own whims, preferences, and intuitive feelings are declaring they will be under no authority but their own. Thus, they make themselves into god.