Sea of Forgetfulness


“Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

-James 1:15:

We don’t fear sin enough. We see it glorified and celebrated in the culture around us. As followers of Christ, we CANNOT minimize sin, we must see it for what it is and then respond biblical. Our biblical response to sin should be immediate confession and repentance. Then extreme gratitude for what Christ has already done on the cross. I heard a song this weekend for the first time, What Sin?. It has a powerful chorus:

What sin, what sin?

That’s as far away

As the east is from the west

What sin, what sin?

It was gone the very minute you confessed

Buried in the sea of forgetfulness

Praise God for the forgiveness for sin we have available through Jesus Christ!

James outlines a process of falling deeper and deeper into sin. Sin is an act or feeling that transgresses something forbidden or ignores something required by God’s law or character, whether in thought, feeling speech, or action. There are two broad categories of sin. Sins of omission are ones where we fail to do what we should; sins of commission are ones where we do what we shouldn’t. Either way, Christ has paid the penalty for each and every sin. This payment only applies if you accept the free gift of God’s amazing grace!

Sin is a process, not an event. This passage uses the imagery of childbirth. Anybody who has been around a woman giving birth knows how long and arduous the process is. You don’t just show up and pick up a baby! The same goes for sin. A married man or woman doesn’t just wake up in the bed of someone not their spouse. They are deceived by satan, then the desire becomes stronger as their thoughts and eyes linger longer and longer on what is forbidden. There may be moments of flirtation and then the mind goes crazy. Eventually, this sin grows up and gives birth to death. Adultery kills relationships. This process applies to every sin; some processes move faster than others. For me, it’s food. A craving enters my mind as I drive by a restaurant… eventually, I must have that food and go out of my way to smell it… then “give in” and get it. If I keep it up, my “Mac attacks” will eventually result in a heart attack (death!).

The only way to stop this process is through Christ. Christ not only set you free from the penalty of sin, but from the power of sin over your life. Positional freedom in Christ is a fact; practical freedom is an ongoing process of learning to listen to the still, small voice of God.

What about you?

Where in the process of sin are you?

Do you think you are beyond the help of God? You aren’t.

Do you feel that if you are this far down the road, you might as well continue? You shouldn’t.

How can you practically get help from God and others to help you apply the overcoming power of Christ to your sin?

Have you let Christ bury your sin in the sea of forgetfulness?

Pure joy…

1_2 Joy

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” –James 1:2 (NIV)

We are going to face trials in this life. They are guaranteed. What should be our attitude? James tells us we should be joyful! Consider means to fix your mind upon, pay attention to, or have regard to. This is describing an attitude and not a feeling. When we go through trials, the last thing we want to think about is our attitude. We want to get through it as quickly and as painlessly as possible. But James says no, we should examine our attitude. Joy dispels gloom and causes cheer. Pure joy is deeper than that! And that should be our attitude and our experience.

What type of trials? These are trials external to us [We will talk about internal struggles later]. Trials such as cancer, ill health, bankruptcy, competition at school, deadlines at the office, disappointed friends, sorrow, family discord, unmet expectations, and the list can go on and on. We call these the “storms of life.” We must realize there is a purpose in these trials. We may not ever know the purpose, but there is one.

Listen to this, “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Did you catch that? Jesus went to the cross with an attitude of JOY! How is that possible?

What trials are you going through? How’s your attitude?

Do you look for the joy in the midst of trials? Why or why not?

Every day, God finds another way to ask you, “Do you trust me?” How are you answering that?

Is there someone you are close to who is experiencing a trial? How can you help them see joy?

Renewing Your Mind


“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2, emphasis added.

Anytime you see the word “Therefore” in the Bible, you need to look at what immediately precedes it to get the context. Romans 11: 36 says “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” Paul had just finished praising Jesus Christ for what He had done for you and me. Jesus came to earth and died for us. He did this out of love so that you and I could have a relationship with God; so we could know God and be known by God.

In light of this, Paul is instructing followers of Christ on how to properly worship God. We do this by being noticeably different than the world. Verse two has one of the biggest but’s in the Bible: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

To conform means “to be or become behaviorally or socially similar to; conceived of as being or becoming shaped or molded to a certain pattern” (Logos Bible Software). Paul specifically instructs us to not be conformed to the pattern of this world. We are to look at society and examine it from a biblical perspective. This is called having a “Biblical Worldview.” In other words, we interpret our life in light of what the Bible says. This is counter to what the majority of people do. They read their experiences into the Bible, seeking to justify what they are doing. This results in all sorts of spiritual confusion as God’s Word takes a back seat to our experiences. This should not be the case. Paul presents us with a more perfect way.

To transform means “to be or become changed in outward appearance or expression as manifesting a change in nature or essence.” We are unable to transform on our own. We may be able to make small changes, but to truly be transformed, we need help. I would propose that the only way to be truly transformed is to submit your life and will to Jesus.

Paul says we should be “transformed by the renewing of our minds.” How do you do this?

There are three ways God renews our mind.

Our mind is renewed through prayer and confession. The Bible tells a horrific story of a man who commits adultery and then has the lady’s husband killed in battle so he can marry her. What makes it horrific is that this man was the king and could have had any unmarried woman he wanted, but he chose something he shouldn’t have. He is confronted by a spiritual mentor and realizes the depth of his sin. He writes a letter to God, pouring out his heart, asking for forgiveness. Psalm 51 is one of my favorite psalms because of its rawness. At one point, the writer says “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). He cries out to God to make him whole again. When you and I sin (violate God’s standard), we are to confess our sin to God and repent (turn away). In my previous post on “Spiritual Breathing,” I provided a tool for working through your life in prayer with God and confessing sin. Through this process, our mind is renewed because God opens our eyes to prior faults. Our mind is also renewed because we start to think in line with God.

Our mind is renewed through the Holy Spirit. Paul writes to Titus, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:3-6, emphasis added). Here is another big but. Paul contrasts a Christian’s life before following Christ with what their life is like after. Malice, envy, and hatred give way to the grace, mercy, and love of Christ. We cannot change our behavior (long-term) or be renewed without the work of the Holy Spirit. If someone is not a follower of Christ, their mind is depraved, and it gets worse the longer they live apart from God. Romans 1:18-32 traces the process of de-evolution (see my sermon on this passage here). For the follower of Christ, the more we yield to the power and work of the Holy Spirit in our life, the more our mind is renewed and the more we become like Christ.

Our mind is renewed through knowledge of God. Paul writes in Ephesians 4:22-24: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” and again in Colossians 3:10: “and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (emphasis added). What is the best way to increase in the knowledge of God?

Read your Bible!

The Bible is God’s Word. At Faith Bible Church, our core belief and value about the Bible is this: We believe the Bible is God’s only written communication of Himself and His plans and purposes for mankind.  Therefore, we will believe its promises, obey its commands, and apply its principles.

In addition to the Bible, there are some good books that folks have written over the years that also help us understand God. I’ll make another post shortly with a good reading list, but for now, start with Charles Ryrie’s Basic Theology. For developing a biblical worldview, I highly recommend Focus on the Family’s “The Truth Project” and the Silo Project courses on worldviews.

Please spend some time this week renewing your mind through prayer, confession, yielding to the Holy Spirit, and growing in the knowledge of God. I promise it will be time well spent.

After Thanksgiving, When to Be Thankful


How is everybody feeling? Full? Not only did Lyndsey and I celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday with some friends from church, we made a complete meal on Saturday and then had leftovers with our faith family at Faith Bible Church on Sunday. In order to counter the four days of feasting, I feel that I should do a four-day fast!

I find it interesting that we spend one day telling the world how thankful we are for what God has given us, and then the next day go buy more stuff we don’t need to impress people we don’t like (thanks for the quote Dave Ramsey). As if Black Friday wasn’t bad enough, it has now been spread to the next week with Cyber Monday… That being said, the Saturday after Black Friday is also known as Small Business Saturday where we are encouraged to buy locally (a very good thing) and then there is Giving Tuesday! After all of the time spent shopping for ourselves (parents, don’t lie, buying toys for your kids is a way to re-live your childhood, so it is also for you… this is why my daughter gets legos and Lincoln Logs…) we are encouraged to give to charities. This is also a very good thing.

We all know the Bible encourages to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We are to always give thanks. How many of us thank God every day? Someone once posed this question: What if we woke up in the morning and only had what we thanked God for the day before? How many of us would be missing a lot?!? I know I would. So, yes, we give thanks all the time, but what are some specific times after Thanksgiving Day the Bible encourages us to give thanks?

There are four times when we are to be thankful.

First, in times of anxiety. Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” There have been times in my life that are defined by anxiousness. When there is more month at the end of the money (Thanks again Dave Ramsey), when my wife was getting near the end of her pregnancy, when I was waiting to hear the vote from Faith Bible Church on whether or not to call me as their next lead pastor, and when I was waiting to hear news from my brother after my dad’s stroke. I was anxious for news, anything! What are you anxious for? What are you having trouble waiting on God for? Paul’s words are pretty clear, don’t be anxious. Pray and be thankful. This is easier said than done. H.A. Ironside once said, “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”

Second, in our daily walk. Colossians 2:6-7 says “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” It is so easy to get into a routine and forget about what Christ has done in your life. Before I accepted Christ’s free gift of grace and forgiveness, my life was a mess. I had little or no regard for others, disobeyed my parents (even when I knew they were right—sorry mom and dad!), and would do anything to annoy my siblings. Not to mention how little effort I put into my school work. Then Christ became real. I experienced genuine sorry for my sins. My daily walk became different. I knew that Paul was right when he said in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Each day was (and is) to be filled with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for what Jesus had done and continues to do in my life.

Third, in prayer. Colossians 4:2 says “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” When I was a kid, I was taught the A.C.T.S. acronym for how to pray: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. It was a good reminder to always praise God for who He is, confess sins, and thank Him for blessings before asking for anything. Often times, I rush into prayer, saying “thank you God, now here is what I want/need…” How disrespectful of me! If I truly believe that God is a Holy God, I would spend more time talking to Him than asking Him for things, things that don’t really matter in the long run. I would spend more time asking and praying for Him to meet people’s spiritual needs than physical needs. I encourage you to spend the majority or all of your time in prayer today in thankfulness to God. Thank God for the big stuff and the small.

Finally, in times of trial. In the accounts of the Last Supper and even in Paul’s instructions in 1 Corinthians, before the bread is broken and the wine is drank, Jesus gives thanks. Matthew 26:26-28 says “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’” Jesus knew what was coming. Jesus would spend some time agonizing over what was about to happen when He was in the Garden of Gethsemene and then He would be led to the cross where He would die. This was going to be the most physical, emotional, and spiritual trial that Jesus would encounter. Yet He was seen giving thanks! When I face a trial, the last thing I want to do is give thanks. But I must. Jesus’ brother James also tells us to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3).

How are you doing with your lifestyle of thanksgiving? Spend some time this week meditating on the Scripture above and just be thankful. We are blessed beyond measure. Thank you Jesus.


This blog contains material from Motivating with Scripture by John Regier. Used with permission. Scripture quotations are from the New International Version.

Give Thanks


10. Reminds us of God’s past blessings (Psalm 107:21-22)

9. Makes us aware of answered prayers (II Corinthians 1:10-11)

8. Encourages others during difficult times (Acts 27:35-36)

7. Reminds us that everything good comes from God (I Chronicles 29:13-16)

6. Helps us think more clearly and correctly (Romans 1:21)

5. Helps us overcome sin (Ephesians 5:3-4)

4. Encourages us to do our best (Colossians 3:17)

3. Helps replace our anxiety with God’s peace (Philippians 3:6)

2. Helps us get along with others, even authorities (I Timothy 2:1-2)

1. It is God’s will for us (I Thessalonians 5:18)

Signs of God’s Goodness, A Prayer Quilt Fashioned on Psalm 86


As a guy, I don’t know much about quilting. However, I have learned a little about the process because some the ladies at church love to quilt. In fact, the only thing they may like more than quilting (other than Jesus) is talking about quilting! A quilt consists of three layers, cloth on either side and batting in the middle. Quilting is actually a beautiful form of art. The art is found in the pattern of stitching or in how the different cloth pieces are put together. It amazes me because when you look up close, the pattern may not be immediately obvious, but the artist knows the big picture and when the observer steps back, it is beautiful, simply beautiful. I have a new appreciation for quilters. One more thing, don’t ever call a quilt a “blanket.” Not good.

Psalm 86 is similar to a quilt. David is the author. He has put quilted together petitions, praises, and prayers in a very artistic way. The entire psalm is filled with deep emotion. As we survey the world and current events, it is easy to get discouraged. It appears that followers of Christ are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of people. Our country is sprinting away from God. In Psalm 86:14, David describes his enemies as “arrogant foes” and “ruthless people.” He had a reason to be discouraged. However, the tone for Psalm 86 is largely positive. Why? Because David trusted God. Why? Because David was connected to God and remembered God’s faithfulness in times of trouble (he could rely on God) and in the good times (he could rejoice and praise God).

In verse 17, David pleads with God, “Give me a sign of your goodness…” David had just poured out his heart to God, praising Him for who He was and what He had done. In this Psalm, there are at least nine signs of God’s goodness. I pray we can see these signs in our lives.

  1. Answered Prayer (vv. 1, 6). One way God shows us His goodness is his answering of our prayers. David asks in verse 1, “Hear me, LORD, and answer me” and then in verse 6, “Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.” God answers our prayers in one of three ways: Yes, no, or wait. The “yes” and “no” answers are easy to handle, but it is the “wait” answers that are difficult. Sometimes, we have to wait years before prayers are answered. But, God hears us and is faithful to His promises. I have a feeling the “wait” prayers are what David had in mind when he said “for I call to you all day long” in verse 3. We should persevere in prayer and trust that God hears us and will answer us. What answers to prayers has God given you?
  2. Preservation of Character (v. 2). David asks God to “guard” his life because he is “faithful” to God. God does this and more when He preserves our character. We trust God to help us make the right decisions. When we make a mistake, we repent and then ask God to guide and direct us. God preserves our character. How has God preserved your character?
  3. Deliverance from Trouble (v. 2). David once again asks God to “save” him and trusts God to answer him when he is in “distress” (v. 7). How many of us should still be alive today? I have done a lot of stupid things over the years that should have killed me. When I was struggling with alcohol, there are times when I don’t remember how I got home or even where I had been that night. Stupid. By God’s grace, I’m still alive. He delivered me from trouble over and over again. That is one amazing sign of His goodness. What has God delivered you from?
  4. Joy in a Surrendered Life (v. 4). David had surrendered his life to God. Seven times in this verse, he uses the word “Lord.” In Hebrew, this was the word Adonai, which means master. This is contrasted with the more formal name, YHWH, or LORD. In identifying God as his Lord, David was living a life in complete surrender. In David’s life, he got into trouble when he took back control from God and tried to do things on his own. It is the same in our life. When we surrender our life to Christ, we experience true joy. As David requested, “Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.” Do you trust God? Have you surrendered to Him?
  5. Sense of Forgiveness (v. 5). David simply states, “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” Sometimes, I forget what goes into forgiveness. Webster defined the word “forgiveness” in 1828 (the only English dictionary people should use) as “to pardon; to remit, as an offense or debt; to overlook an offense, and treat the offender as not guilty.” When we ask for forgiveness, we are treated as if we had never sinned. What? How is that possible? This is what we call the Gospel. The just and gracious God of the universe looked upon hopelessly sinful people and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath against sin on the cross and to show His power over sin in the resurrection so that all who have faith in Him will be reconciled to God forever. Have you asked for forgiveness?
  6. Confidence in God (v. 7). God does in fact answer us. David said, “because you answer me.” The fact that God answered David gave him confidence to go to God with all of his hurt, troubles, and praises. The major theme of this psalm is the sovereignty of God. God is all knowing, all powerful, and in control. This should give us confidence in Him and His plans. When my wife and I were on sabbatical this summer, we stayed up in the mountains around Vail and Steamboat Springs. There was construction on one of the roads that winded through the mountains. The construction crews closed down one lane of the road. I would have been lost and gotten into several accidents, except for one thing: the construction company provided a pilot car. On the back of this car was a sign that read: “PILOT CAR, FOLLOW ME.” The pilot car knew the terrain, knew the direction we needed to go, knew the speed we should travel at, and knew which side of the road to drive on and when! Several times, I was the first car after the pilot car. I had to drive the same speed; if I went too fast, I would get too close and end up with a cracked windshield. If I went too slow, I would lose sight of the car and get lost. I also had to copy its every movement. Having a pilot car gave me confidence that I was going to get where I was going. How often do we think we don’t need God to be our pilot car? When we know, understand, and believe that God is in control, that He is the one driving the pilot car, we can have absolute confidence in Him. This is another sign of His goodness. Do you have confidence in God?
  7. Nations Respond in Worship and Glorification of God (v. 9). David observes in verse 9, “All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.” Amen. Paul also said, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). At some time in history, every nation (every person, every ethnic group) will bow before God in worship. The sooner nations do so, the better. This should encourage the follower of Christ because we win. With all of the turmoil and discord in society, we know the end. God wins. A sign of God’s goodness is the nation’s respond in worship and glorify God. It starts with us as individuals though. Have you responded in worship and glorification of God because of His goodness?
  8. Knowing and Declaring the Greatness of God (v. 10). This one seems rather obvious. One sign of God’s goodness is our ability to speak of his greatness. David said, “For you are great and do marvelous deeds, you alone are God.” We know God is great, we know God does great deeds, and we know that God is the only God. We declare this because He is good and worthy of all honor and praise. Have you declared God’s greatness today?
  9. God is our Teacher (v. 11). David asks in verse 11, “Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to teach us: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (Jesus, in John 14:26). The teaching of Jesus and the Holy Spirit can be found in God’s Word, the Bible. Paul also says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We have the Bible, it is the primary means by which He communicates with us today. We need to read, know, understand, and believe God’s Word. Nothing irritates me more than when followers of Christ take His Word out of context. This is also the reason I am excited to be part of a Bible church where we preach and teach God’s Word. We line up everything we do, say, and believe with God’s Word. In the Berean tradition, we “received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day…” (Acts 17:11). God give us a sign of His goodness by teaching us through the Bible. Are you letting God teach you through His Word?

My prayer is that we can weave these signs of God’s goodness into our prayer quilt. Pray these signs into your life and the life of your church family.

Remember, God is good, all the time… All the time, God is good.

What to Keep


Since becoming a father last year, I have learned a great deal about what it means to share. I often tell people there are three BIG things I learned when I became a dad: I was/am a very selfish person; I miss my wife; and I had no idea the extent of God’s love for us as our perfect Heavenly Father. There have also been several smaller lessons learned. For example, it seems that my daughter has inherited my selfishness! While she is very loving and enjoys giving things to people, especially her shoes and socks, she very quickly learned the concept of “MINE!” Teaching her to share was easy at first, but with each passing day, it is taking her longer and longer to give something to someone else. For adults, this is also the case. We are selfish with our love, forgiveness, money, patience, time, and just about anything else we want to keep. Through His Word, God encourages us to “keep” seven things.

First, we are to keep pure. 1 Timothy 5:22 tells us to “not share in the sins of others.” In order to stay pure, we must avoid sin. This means not being dragged into the sin of others. God has established his standard of purity and it can be found in the moral code in the Bible.

Second, we are to keep ourselves unpolluted by the world. James 1:27 says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” There are things in this world that will pollute our life, we must keep away from them. These are things that the world may find to be okay. There are the big items such as adultery and pornography, but also the little things like gossip, worry, and unrepentance. The world may be able to look the other way (or condone them), but God cannot. Christians are called to live a life of purity and remain unpolluted.

Third, we must keep the commandments. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15). Jesus has given His followers clear commands of what kind of behavior is acceptable and what kind is not. This is why it is so important to read and understand the Bible, all of it, to know what commands Christ is talking about.

Fourth, we are to keep the Word. This is similar to the third encouragement. John 14:23-24 says “Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

Fifth, we are to keep the faith. At the end of his life, Paul looked back and said this, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul stayed true to what he believed about Christ, even though he faced trial after trial. Christian, we will be tested in this life, will you keep the faith?

Sixth, we are to keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 says “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This means we have a biblical, Christ-centered worldview. Everything we think, say, do, or feel is filtered through God’s Word. The Bible, not culture, not man, not even your pastor, is the standard for right living and right belief.

Finally, we are to keep unity in the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:3 says “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

The Bible also instructs us to keep away from two things: idols (1 John 5:21) and evil (2 Thessalonians 3:3). This will be a topic in the future.

Much like I am trying to teach my daughter how to share, I also need to be teaching her there are things that are acceptable to keep. The things we are instructed by Scripture to keep are of eternal value.

This is adapted from my ministerial reflection that was first published in The Chappell Register on July 23, 2015. This blog also contains material from Motivating with Scripture by John Regier. Used with permission.