No Boundary with Jesus

Rich Rockwood

READ : Philippians 3:10-14 . . . that I may know him and the power of his resurrection. (v. 10) Did you ever draw a boundary line around someone? You worried that he or she was too fanatical or too dangerous to be around. We need to have our eyes open in such relationships, asking God if it is helping or hurting us. What about Jesus? Do we draw a line around him? We believe he was an amazing man …

Our Body and the Lord

Rich Rockwood

READ : 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you . . . ? (v. 19) We tend to overlook the relationship of our soul to our body. Our body is a temple, and for Christians a temple of the Holy Spirit of God. The Internet provides instant access to much useful information, but it also allows people to desecrate their temples by viewing pornography and fueling sexual addiction, …

Fellow Workers

Rich Rockwood

READ : Exodus 20:1-17 And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God.” (v. 1) We tend to treat co-workers differently than we do family or church members. However, there is a more pleasant way to relate to them. Theologian John Calvin reminded every Christian that “the servant of God will derive this further advantage from the Law: by frequently meditating upon it, he will be excited to obedience, and confirmed in it” (2.7.12). If we …

The Visible Poor

Rich Rockwood

READ : Luke 16:19-31 . . . at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. (vv. 20-21) Where I live, a court recently ruled that begging is freedom of expression and therefore legal, so now we have panhandlers on many busy street corners. Conventional wisdom cautions against giving them any cash because we don’t know how people will use or abuse our …