Next, Paul moves from the spiritual blessings from God the Father to the spiritual blessings from God the Son. The first blessing believers have received from the Son is that of redemption and forgiveness...Read More
It is easy to think God shoves His people into the deep end without any training or preparation. He does, after all, use the weak things of the world to put to shame the mighty, the foolish to confound the wise. So we might easily imagine He just takes a brand new novice believer and chucks them into the deep waters of life and ministry opportunity. But, though God loves to take us way outside our comfort zone, He also prepares us for that moment...Read More
Teaching notes for 1 Samuel 18...Read More
Here, Paul runs on with his sentence of praise regarding the blessings which come from God. He first focuses on blessings from God the Father, next the Son, and finally the Spirit. To describe the blessing which come from the Father he uses two concepts which boggle the mind, God’s choice and predestination...Read More
What did Nehemiah do when he heard about the horrible condition of Jerusalem? In this conversation, we talk about Nehemiah’s powerful response to the ruin of his hometown.
Some biblical characters — Moses, Paul, David — are well known. Others, like our man Epaphras, enter the scene for mere second and are gone. Similar to a movie extra, there is little you know about them. But there is a story in them, and Epaphras was a man with a story.Read More
Teaching notes for Sunday, January 28, 2018. Theme: Just as Israel ran in David’s victory, so do we run in Christ’s. By observing David, let us observe Christ, that we might see an increase in His victory in us.Read More
Have you ever watched a child settle for a nickel when they could have had a dime? If you have, you’ve seen a little of what God sees.Read More
We all have goals, projects, or endeavors from God that we're looking to see accomplished. But what happens when we're halfway through? This can be the moment where we experience a breaking point, or a breakthrough.
In this podcast, we talk about moving forward.
Paul begins Ephesians with a long song of praise to God, for praise is what is meant by the word “blessed.” God is to be blessed. Paul aims to worship. His song starts here and ends, without stopping, at the fourteenth verse. So Ephesians opens with a run-on sentence of praise. Paul is clearly in love with God, praising and blessing and worshipping His glorious name.Read More
I love prayer but often struggle in it. I can feel my lack of zeal, my sloth, my distraction, while in prayer. Prayer is a battle. Prayer is often a secret struggle for Christians. But, alas, prayerlessness hurts us. God has given us this great gift and opportunity so that we might flourish. We are creatures, which means we need our Creator, for He is infinite while we are finite. We need Him, thus prayer.Read More
Teaching notes for Sunday, January 21, 2018 — God-Hearted #2 — 1 Samuel 16:14-23 Preparation Of The God-Heart — PillarsRead More
Paul was custom made by God to bridge the Old Testament Scriptures to the New Testament church. He was called “the apostle to the Gentiles.” Billions of non-Jews have been blessed by his life and words. Aided by the Holy Spirit, He traveled and wrote extensively. Peter was God's instrument to open the door of faith to the Gentile world, but once it was opened, Paul ran through it, carrying the message of Christ to the known world. He was relentless.Read More
One error that floated around the Roman Empire was men should have three women in their lives — a wife, a soul-mate, and a mistress. The Song of Solomon paints a picture of married love where one woman is everything the man needs. She is his lover, his sister, and his friend.Read More
Teaching notes for Sunday, January 14, 2017.Read More
As I sat at a table full of pastors, my plan was set...Read More
Before his death, Moses had to sing. Before the people of Israel embarked on their journey into the Promised Land, Moses wrote and recited a song for them. He knew he would not lead them into Canaan, for that was Joshua’s work, so he wanted to give them his lyrics instead of himself.Read More
One of the main reasons I love the book of Proverbs is the scattered nature of its organization. For much of the book, one line does not bleed into the next. Each proverb stands on its own. This organization is helpful, for nearly every chapter covers a multitude of subjects. Each time I sit down to read the book, massive and varied parts of my life are addressed.
But, occasionally, there is a section. Proverbs 16:10-15 is one such section, a series of proverbs about kings.Read More
Teaching notes for Ephesians 6:10-24, Sunday 1.7.18.Read More
The question: do you think? I do not ask, “What do you think?” But, “Do you think?” For thinking is a lost art in a reactionary digital world. Focus is hard to come by, for the internet giants have no reason to promote it. They need your clicks to get their cash. The more distracted we are, the more money they have.Read More