“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Sin leads to death: physical death, spiritual death, death of relationship, etc. Any time something dies, it is the wages of sin–Adam’s in the garden at minimum.  But this law no longer has the last word. Oh death, where is your victory? Oh grave, where is your sting? Because the Lord’s tomb is empty, and sin is nailed to the cross, this physical life is not the end, His Spirit can live in us, we are restored to relationship with Him andRead More →

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12) Recently we’ve talked about, based on psalms, pressing our roots down into the streams of living water flowing from the Lord being the key to weathering the storms of life (okay, so we used desert imagery.) Here James reasserts plainly the need for the steadfastness implied by the tree roots dipped into a flowing river so it has the resources to survive no matter what the weather of the world throwsRead More →