We can understand two facts about ourselves. First, the reality of personal sin makes us abhorrent to ourselves. Second, the reality of Christ, in whom we abide and who abides in us, transforms us into the very likeness of God.




Dark am I, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.

Song of Songs 1:5



Some humans ain’t human,

though they walk like we do,

they live and they breathe, 

just to turn the screw. 

You might go to church, 

and sit down in a pew, 

those humans who ain’t human, 

could be sittin’ right next to you.

John Prine (b. 1946), singer-songwriter 



Emperor Theodosius: “Athanasius, do you not realize that all the            world is against you?”

Athanasius: “Then I am against all the world”

Athanasius of Alexandria (296-373 AD)



It is not being reconciled to the fact of sin that produces all the disasters of life. Always be aware of an estimate of life which does not recognize the fact of sin.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)



We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

1st John 3:2