I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

The cure for the heart troubled by the future or the present is found in Jesus alone. We all face trouble, and it’s very hard not to fixate on the pain, discomfort, disappointment, confusion, or worry. But Jesus teaches His disciples, whose hearts were troubled, that the balm for our troubled hearts lies beyond this […]

The Disrupting Affects of the Gospel and the Power of Jesus

This text introduces us to a significant event in the history of the world. Today, people tour the great Cathedrals of Europe. But before there were Cathedrals, a small group of faithful followers of Jesus crossed the sea from Asia to Europe and shared the gospel on the banks of a river in Philippi. When […]

The Seed of a Faithful Church

Jesus promised His disciples that we would be hated as He was hated. We would be mocked, misrepresented, shamed, even killed for following Him. The persecution of Christians began within days of the birth of the church, and it will continue until Jesus comes. In this text, we read about the first Christian martyr, Stephen. […]

Opposition and Blessing in God’s Providence

In Acts 4-7, the Christians face a lot of opposition. This passage shows us how they handled that opposition, the threat of death, and a beating with heroic courage. At the same time, God proves that He is not going to let anything or anyone get in the way of the Gospel going out. He […]

Esther the Queen

Esther is a compelling and beautifully told story in the Bible. At the same time, it’s a bit obscure for some people. The story is told with many coincidences and reversals. Perhaps most impactful is that God is not mentioned anywhere in the book. However, just because He seems to be hidden, doesn’t mean He’s […]

The Prophet Isaiah

What does it mean to serve God successfully? Can good come from insecurity? What is better than success? Is affluence always bad? Isaiah answered all of these questions and many more. Why is the Book of Isaiah considered by many as the best and most important of the Old Testament? His book is quoted more […]

God Blesses So That His Kingdom Can Be Made Known

Despite the unfolding of God’s promises as seen in Noah and now in Abraham, there’s a nagging question… what’s the deal with human nature?!? Sin is still present. Mankind has as Thomas Schreiner said “a depth of corruption that still inhabits the heart.” The world is spiraling and then what happens? God intervenes. The account […]

God Through Judgment Brings About New Beginnings

The world is quickly unraveling as sin reaches its tentacles into every nook/cranny of civilization. Chapter 4 Cain, in hot fury, murders his brother. Chapter 5 Lamech shows himself to be an arrogant and ungodly individual and sin seems to continually have the upper-hand. And then in the latter part of Chapter 5, you see […]

The Commitment to Bless Despite Sin!

God hasn’t forgotten you. You don’t fight alone. You don’t go out into this crazy world alone. You will never be alone (a lie from the enemy). No matter how desperate and alone you feel, no matter how much opposition you face, no matter how precarious your circumstances become, no matter the difficulty and physical […]