Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Faith — May 21, 2017
Simple Joy — May 4, 2017
Simple Faith — April 29, 2017
Simple Discipleship — March 23, 2017

Simple Discipleship

It is liberating to learn that God did not create us to be like someone else …

But instead gives us different personalities and motivations that match our diverse spiritual gifts. 

We experience His pleasure as we learn to uniquely use and enjoy those gifts as He intended …

In our lives, families, fellowships and surrounding communities.

Simple Truth — February 4, 2017

Simple Truth

​Those who reduce grace to what they subjectively perceive God is telling them, filtered through their own sensibilities …

Often reject external Biblical morality, precepts and commands which stand independently true in Scripture.

For them, it all comes down to what they individually feel and like …

As they elevate their own perceptions as the final standard over what God authentically says.

Simple Church — December 27, 2016

Simple Church

The New Testament doesn’t say we go to “church” to be ushered into God’s presence through “worship”.

There’s not a single verse in the entire New Testament to that effect.

Nope, not, nadda …

Just ain’t there.

Rather, we are simply told that when we gather as the church we should express God’s presence already in us through ministry one to another …

Which includes singing together for the purpose of encouraging each other.

Big difference.

Let’s start being the church as God instructs in His word …

Not as our own carnality wants.

Simple Joy — November 26, 2016

Simple Joy

God created us to be fully human:

Embodied, rational, spiritual and relational.

All great heresies deny, isolate, over emphasize or otherwise distort one or more of those qualities.

Unfortunately, we see the seeds of this today in those who want us to be all one quality, while dismissing one or more of the others.

They distort God’s desire to redeem our full humanity …

Complete and whole.

Simple Joy — November 8, 2016

Simple Joy

​Don’t confuse God’s grace with His delight. 

You can experience the former, which is unmerited …

But then miss the latter, which comes from doing His will and obeying His commands.

If you doubt this, just do a quick online word search for “delight” in any good Bible translation.

Christian bloggers, authors and pundits who deny this distinction …

Know not God or His authentic joy.

Simple Joy — September 22, 2016

Simple Joy

​Many mornings I wake up grateful. 

I get my coffee, watch the sun rise, and think of the blessings God has restored in my life.

Too often we look at what we’ve lost …

And forget to appreciate the wonder of new opportunities, new relationships, and even new purpose and meanings in Christ. 

He makes all things new.

Simple Joy — August 25, 2016
Simple Faith — June 28, 2016
Simple Joy — May 2, 2016
Simple Joy — April 15, 2016
Simple Joy — April 13, 2016
Simple Joy — April 11, 2016
Simple Joy — April 4, 2016
Simple Joy — February 4, 2016
Simple Joy — January 9, 2016

Simple Joy

Victim or victor?

The past happened. We can’t change that.

We can change, however, it’s power over us by squarely acknowledging and giving the ashes of our past – the burdens and regrets – to Christ.

He then gives us beauty and wholeness in return.

It’s always our choice.

Simple Faith — December 12, 2015
Simple Love — November 15, 2015
Simple Joy — November 12, 2015
Simple Joy — October 29, 2015
Simple Joy — October 27, 2015

Simple Joy

“Religion” has become a pejorative term by existential “believers” to dismiss Biblical imperatives they don’t like.

Apparently the idea of any duty owed to God offends their post-modern sensibilities.

Lacking the joy of obedience, they then become trapped in self doubt and angst.

Maybe they need to lighten up and enjoy a little more true religion!

Simple Joy — October 10, 2015