Even Me

Dave Gifford

READ : Romans 3:6-11 I became a Christian after being challenged by my high school classmates to read the Bible. I assumed it would contain a list of “do’s and don’ts” I would need to obey to get to heaven. Reading from Genesis onward, I became increasingly discouraged. The list got rather lengthy! The final blow to my confidence was Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5 about our deserving punishment for thoughts of anger and lust. I knew I was too …

The Devotional Side of Doctrine

Dave Gifford

READ : Ephesians 3:16-21 Sometimes I wonder how I survived my teen years as a new Christian. During that time I tended toward a one-sided focus on doctrinal concepts such as sin, judgment, repentance and strict conduct. I fell into a strict, and for me, joyless way of understanding my faith. Oh, I had plenty of fun, but my love of humor and fun was divorced from my faith rather than flowing from it. It left me with feelings of …