Either/Or or Both/And

While reading in the book of Hebrews today I came across a passage that captivated me. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). The first part is fairly obvious. We have to make a focused effort to live in peace with others. It is not our natural bent to get along with everyone, and there are those around us who are difficult. However, those of us who are seriously theological might wonder about the second half of this verse. Why should I have to strive for holiness. Hebrews 10:10 tells us we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Once for all! If that is the realit

Relying on God

Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and came as far as Mareshah. And Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up their lines of battle in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, “O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.” (2 Chronicles 14:9-12, ESV) Today I was reading the account of King Asa in 2 Chronicles 14 and felt compelled to spend a good bit of time ruminating on the passage of scripture listed above. While I have never had a million men and 300 chariots lined up ready to do battle with me,

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