In our current day and age, it’s easier now than ever to isolate ourselves from the people around us. We may be more connected to the world, but we may feel just as empty and lonely. This is why community is so vital for the life of a Christian. In this conversation, we talk about about some ways to overcome selfishness so that we can be a real contribution to the people in our lives.
The third, and final, request of Paul in this opening prayer is for the church to know the profound power of God “toward us who believe.” To add emphasis and color to this power, Paul unleashes an arsenal of words...Read More
Don’t be deceived by the ad campaigns. It isn’t all happy times...
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Teaching notes on 1 Samuel 23Read More
Now we come to Paul’s second prayer for the church, that we would know of the inheritance God has given us. Paul referred to the inheritance as “riches” six times in Ephesians. This wealth is not material, but spiritual...
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Belated notes from last Sunday (3/11/18).Read More
In my early years as a Christian, I came across a book by Alan Redpath. It rocked my world and helped frame my future...Read More
The proverb above shows us a reality of our world. In this world, riches enable someone to treat others roughly, but those in poverty are forced to plead for mercy, for they are often at the mercy of others...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. But even in the moments when God takes us way outside our comfort zone, we know that He also prepares us for that moment. Joshua is one such figure God prepared in advance. It is easy to think he was unprepared for the task, but God had privately prepared him to lead the people of Israel.
In this conversation, we talk about the development of Joshua as a leader.
Paul continued his prayer for revelation with three specific requests. Three realities stood out in Paul’s mind. He believed that, if the church knows these realities — deeply, inwardly — the church would be strong. So he prayed for revelation concerning these three truths, the first of which we will discuss here...Read More
All Christians have an idea of what people like Paul, Esther, and Moses are like from the Bible, but what do we know about Epaphras? Where does he pop up in the Bible, and why? In this conversation, we talk about Epaphras and share some insight into this man's priorities, passions, and prayer life.
Some things ought not to be broadcast. Secrecy and privacy are often the best alternatives. Not everything has to be lived out in the open. Not every story must be told. But how do we decide what to make public?Read More
Theme: We often forget, as David did in our story, that God loves us, is able to help us, and has a plan for our lives. But God does not forget, and works hard to remind us, if only we will listen to His voice.Read More
Theme: If you want to have a lifetime of public fruitfulness, you must have a lifetime of private devotion, especially in the form of generosity, prayer, and self-denial.Read More
When the Syrian army encamped against Elisha’s home, his servant saw them first. Trembling, he ran to Elisha. Elisha exhorted him, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." Elisha then prayed for his servant: “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see" (2 Kings 6:16-17)...Read More
Humans are amazing creatures. With our hands, we can build. With our minds, we can invent. With our mouths, we can communicate. And with our hearts, we can deceive ourselves...Read More
Theme: *God would go with David, allow David to be stripped of everything, and invite David to move forward, all of which would prepare David — just as they prepare us — for deeper maturity, the kind which chooses the pain.*
One day, in need of wisdom regarding a financial decision, I found a friend of mine who is an expert in that realm...Read More
Before moving to the next portion of Paul’s letter, we must ask two questions of the blessings Paul has already spoken of (see Ephesians 1:3-14). First, where are they located? And second, why are they given?Read More
All of us are called to leadership in one way or another in this life, but how do we learn to be a good leader? What does the Bible say about good, healthy, holy leadership? In this conversation, we look at the Old Testament to find 6 attributes of leadership that we can apply to our lives today.