The Many Names of Jesus

Often in the Bible, a person’s name tells us more than just what they are called – it tells us something about their character or history.  Also, a name describes the authority and honor due to someone, like when we do something in someone’s name, we claim their authority to do it.  There are many names for our Lord Jesus, describing His character and authority, and a great summary of…

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Memorial Day Meditation

In an essay in The Weight of Glory[1], C.S. Lewis wrote: “the sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him.”  As we celebrate Memorial Day here in the United States, I pray you can enjoy what matters most to you and give thanks…

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Religion That Shows No Law Can Provide Salvation

It’s common to think that the point of religion is to have the right laws and to follow them.  However, James 1:27 says “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”  This is a different definition of religion than we often think of.  Today continues a series based on this…

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Courage to Change: A Quint of Quotes

Fellow travelers, Here is another “Quint of Quotes” from my collection, on the theme of personal responsibility and development.  Please don’t take the last one literally. “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.” – Proverbs 19:3 “People could survive their natural trouble all right if it weren’t for the trouble they make for themselves.” – Ogden Nash “God, grant me the serenity…

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The Cross of Christ is History

Christians rightly focus on the historical fact of the life, death, and resurrection as the foundation of their faith.  Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:14 – “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”  For Christianity to matter, these things must have actually happened.  Therefore, a lot has been written providing evidence that these events happened, and that Christian…

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Remembering God in Our Affliction

Dear fellow travelers, Psalm 119 is memorable in many ways, including that it is the longest chapter in the Bible, with 176 verses.  But the Psalm was also designed to be memorized in Hebrew, with 22 stanzas, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  In Hebrew, each stanza has 8 lines that each begin with the same letter. It is also memorable for its topic: a lengthy meditation on…

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Godly Habits for Leaders and Others

All the people benefit from leaders and rulers who fear God.  In Deuteronomy, when God reluctantly says Israel may set a king over them in the future[1], He also required the king to have specific habits to cultivate a fear of God in them: “And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the…

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Christ Embraces the Different – Sunday Share from Tim Keller

Today’s Sunday Share comes from pastor and apologist Tim Keller, who died on May 19 after battling pancreatic cancer.  When hearing that news, it seemed appropriate to quote him in the blog, so the Sunday Share for this week is the extended quote below from Keller’s book, Making Sense of God: “If you believe in Jesus’s message, you believe in a truth, but not a truth that leads to exclusion.…

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Happy 2nd Blogiversary to Driving Toward Morning!

Fellow travelers, It’s amazing to think it’s been two years since Driving Toward Morning’s first post!  Thank you to everyone who has read, liked, and commented on the blog.  A special thank you to anyone who has shared it with their friends or used what they found here to encourage others. Looking back on my 1-year anniversary post, here are some thoughts on how I’ve done with my year 2…

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God Rules in His Sleep

In Mark’s Gospel, he tells a story of Jesus taking a nap, causing His disciples to panic.  Does it ever seem like God is asleep, leaving you feeling adrift the world’s circumstances?  When Jesus walked the earth, there were times when God literally was asleep. One story comes from Mark 4:35-41. On that day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”…

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