Beyond Sunday: A Different Righteousness
God's people are righteous when they are in a right relation with him, when they enjoy his salvation.
God and the Ideas of Man, Part 2
Let us observe some of the steps of the process, the stages through which the man and woman went after they were bemused by the dogmatism of Satan.
Does Your Inside Match Your Outside?
Outwardly they honored God. But they had no love for God. Their hearts – their inner persons – were impure – they acted religious to be noticed by men, not to please God.
What was the sin of Nadab and Abihu? The text of Leviticus 10:1-7 is ultimately unclear about this. Nevertheless, many people have contemplated this question, and there are many suggestions out there.
The Dangerous Job of Being a Cupbearer
Imagine a job where having a bad attitude doesn’t just get you reprimanded—it gets you executed.
Beyond Sunday: The Human Drift
If the path of accommodation and compromise continues unabated, eventually the church reaches a point of friendship with the world. This is an extremely dangerous place for the believer.
God and the Ideas of Man, Part 1
There is no doubt at all that judged from almost any angle you like, Genesis 3 is one of the most important chapters in the entire Bible.
Build in Layers
It helps to consider your life with God as a wall that is being built. Good materials, the right tools, and sound construction principles are required, if your wall is to stand.
A Deeper Look at the Sermon on the Mount
There are three general questions about Jesus’ Beatitudes which need to be asked. These concern the people described, the qualities commended and the blessings promised.
The shortest verse in the English Bible is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” But for all its grammatical simplicity, it’s packed with unfathomable complexity.
Beyond Sunday: Coming to an End
In many ways, the sudden end of Acts reminds us that the story of the church has only just begun.
Studying Mark's Gospel: Review
As we have discovered over this season, Mark isn’t the comic book/Reader’s Digest Gospel it appeared on the surface. Here's an overview to help in your studies.
Have you ever met a person who admitted to being self-deceived? The very nature of self-deception is that there is no conscious awareness of believing lies. Self-deception emerges from living on a self-referential basis.
The Sands of Galilee: The Parable of the Two Builders
When Jesus preached a sermon, told a parable, or gave a discourse, He always used object lessons that were familiar to His hearers in order to illustrate His point. The archaeology and geography of Bethsaida provides the background for two of His parables.
Blessed Are Those Who Are Gentle
God gives the meek everything they need. Those who are meek find deep contentment and joy.
Beyond Sunday: A Better Rest
In time there are many Sabbaths, but someday there shall be the enjoyment and keeping of a Sabbath-rest that is perfect and eternal.
Studying Mark's Gospel: The Son of Man Resurrected!
We’ll see that more than just atonement was accomplished—we will see a glorious new beginning as we witness the Son of Man resurrected!
Who Authorized David's Census? God or Satan?
In 1 Chronicles 21, Satan instigates David to take a census, but 2 Samuel 24 says it was God who did so. Is this a contradiction? Or are we missing something?
Living in Light of Death: Ecclesiastes 9:7–10
We all face the reality of death many times in our lives. We see our loved ones die, people in our community, those we work with, and fellow believers. This is the type of context where Solomon commands his audience to joyfully make the most of God’s basic gifts.
5 Principles of Making Disciples and Enabling Spiritual Growth
How can we know we are growing people spiritually? I don’t know that we can ever know as clearly numerically as we do with attendance or contributions. But I think there are principles that can help us know we are on the right track to building disciples.