You're Always in School
We're all being schooled every day. So it's appropriate to ask in the never-ending learning center that’s human life, who is schooling you?
Studying Mark's Gospel: Beyond All Hope, Part 2
In the second half of Mark 5 find Jesus ministering to those who seemed beyond all hope. Let’s see what we can learn as we examine these peoples’ experiences as well as our own.
Lessons from the Fog
The connection between the intensity of my focus on that car in front of me and the idea of fixing our eyes on Jesus struck me immediately.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Beyond All Hope
Satan’s minions had turned this human being into a psychotic superhuman wild man, and no doubt the demons enjoyed tormenting and driving him toward self-destruction. But he wasn't beyond the reach of Jesus.
Philippians: The Affection of Christ Jesus
The power of the gospel is shown in the supernatural affection that it produces not only for Jesus Christ himself, but also for those who belong to Jesus Christ.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Growth and the Kingdom
After we examine the parables in Mark 4:26-41 during the first part of this study, we'll focusing on how these things relate to our own personal growth in Christ.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Preparing Our Heart’s Soil
How will you proactively seek to make the soil of your heart more receptive to His Word, beginning today?
The Paradox of Evangelism
There is a paradox about evangelism. Actually there are several but I’ll only mention one here. It starts with the realization that evangelism is impossible.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Conflict, Mountaintops, Redefinition
Jesus addressed the heart of our need and the need of our heart to be right with God, not just leaning on external and empty ritual.
Are You a Christian Struggling with Guilt?
Are you a believer, but you can’t seem to shake the feeling of guilt? You know God saved you, but you still feel so much guilt from your past?
Studying Mark's Gospel: Love, Legalism, and Lordship
Let’s turn to the lessons that this chapter teaches as we look at the love of Jesus, the legalism of the religious leaders, and Jesus’ ultimate lordship over the very things they accused Him of!
The Two Different Outcomes of Affliction
In fact, Christians are promised afflictions, and plenty of them. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” But the outcome of afflictions is different for believers and unbelievers.
Remembering Our Place When Wronged
When hurt and abused, we tend to be quicker to punish and revile. We need help. We need God abiding in us. We need to believe and practice what Joseph believed and practiced.
Studying Mark's Gospel: The Kingdom Is Dawning
As we study this week, we will see an action-packed beginning to Jesus' ministry in the region of Galilee, and see that there is much we can learn from this as well.
How to Cope Theologically with Apostasy
Sadly, I have watched people abandon professions of faith in Christ at a variety of times in my life. I have heard others tell their stories, whom I have encountered only after the fact.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Beginnings
The long awaited time had finally come: God, in the fullness of time, came to our world in the person of His Son.
Walk Thru the Life of Peter: Growing Bold Faith
We are in a relentless, violent spiritual battle against an enemy who doesn't want us to fulfill our calling, either individually or corporately. Whether we have been persecuted like Christians in a hostile culture or not, Peter's words to the persecuted still ring true for us.
I Am a Great Witness… of Lesser Things
We are hardwired to talk to other people about what impresses us the most. Unfortunately, too often our conversation indicates we are far too easily impressed by trivial things.
Practicing the Presence of God... Like Nehemiah
There are lots of hints in the biblical book that bears his name that Nehemiah was a person who lived with an ongoing awareness of the presence of the Lord, and who highly valued the importance of communion with God.
How to Read a Psalm
When I have preached on a psalm in a church, some people have mentioned to me that they were familiar with a verse from the psalm but they had not thought about the passage’s overall message. I have often wondered if believers have a good reading strategy for getting the most out of a psalm.