David Downey

Master Builder

I have seen many kinds of church buildings in my journey. I can remember something about all of them, except the first (my first year of life). Several churches from my childhood stand out in memory. In one of them, we were building a sanctuary while we were there. It was enormous and in the […]

Loving Like the Master

In Matthew 28:19 Jesus told us to go and make disciples. His words resonate with us. We understand that this is a command, but we might wonder how we can do this when so many are indifferent to our message — some even hating us. Jesus taught us to give without tallying our gifts (6:3), […]

The Law of Christ

The law of the Old Testament — what we call the Torah — may confuse more people in the church today than any other topic. Some see a disparity between a strict adherence to the law in Moses’ day and a more relaxed understanding in some parts in Jesus’ day (Luke 6:1-11). Church members realize […]

Choosing Goodness

The apostle Paul spoke to the Romans of the “goodness and severity of God” (Romans 11:22). These are in response to spiritual choices. He said that those who stayed faithful and built their lives on God himself could expect blessings, but those who “fell” and rejected Him would see God’s judgment. This is much like […]

Once a Prisoner

Romans 3:9-20 contains a simple formula to remember: God is salvation; the rest of us are in need of salvation. In these verses, Paul lays out a solid foundation for his teaching of salvation by grace through faith. He implies that since we all wander, we all need a shepherd. I remember hearing years ago […]