November 4, 2012
Peter begins his first letter with words that reveal the Trinity as well as any written. He describes the collaborative, sovereign, and powerful role of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in our new birth, transformational process, and future glory, reminding us we are strangers here but not where we’re going. And then he reminds us that our walks of […]
October 28, 2012
Paul writes the church in Corinth what is actually his fourth letter with the goal of encouraging this flock to lift their eyes off their suffering and onto all that is to come.
October 21, 2012
During the Civil War, a phrase was coined to describe the reaction of new recruits seeing battle for the first time; it was called, “seeing the elephant.” The Scriptures have much to say about suffering–about trials, afflictions, and tribulations–and how such difficulties are used by God to bring about perseverance, character, hope, and maturity. Many […]
October 13, 2012
Beginning with what many scholars believe was a creedal hymn in the early church, Colossians 1:15-23 reveals three very important dynamics of the Gospel message.
October 7, 2012
Paul pens a very admonitional letter to the church in Galatia to address those promoting a different gospel, one that requires the keeping of the Jewish law in order to be righteous before God. Leading the church through an Old Testament Bible study, Paul establishes that justification, going all the way back to Abraham, was […]
September 30, 2012
From the confines of a Roman prison, Paul writes to his beloved brothers and sisters in Christ in the Macedonian city of Philippi.
September 16, 2012
Following Jesus’ Sermon on the Lake and right after He shared the Parable of the Sower, the disciples inquire as to why Jesus speaks in parables.
September 9, 2012
Paul encourages the church in Philippi, as well as us, to press on in our faith and take hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of us.
September 2, 2012
There are strong Christians as well as weak Christians. Love demands a commitment to the highest good of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
August 26, 2012
We can face our tomorrows presumptuously with carefully laid plans or face them steeped in hopeless fatalism. Or we can face them with our trust firmly placed in our Lord.