- Picture the Kingdom
Mark 4:26-34 Introduction I’m struck by what little attention Jesus gave to the topic of the church and how much… Read more: Picture the Kingdom
- Do Not Lose Heart
2 Corinthians 4:13-5.1 But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed therefore I spoke,” we also… Read more: Do Not Lose Heart
- Calling Out the Called
Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the… Read more: Calling Out the Called
- When the Holy Spirit is Present
Acts 2:1-21 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from… Read more: When the Holy Spirit is Present
- Jesus’ Intercessory Prayer
John 17:6-19 I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and… Read more: Jesus’ Intercessory Prayer
- The Abiding Life
John 15:9-17 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep… Read more: The Abiding Life
- Abide or Abandon the True Vine
John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit,… Read more: Abide or Abandon the True Vine
- The Good Shepherd
John 10:11-18 I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 He who is a… Read more: The Good Shepherd
- Responding to the Resurrection
Luke 24:36b-48 He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were startled and frightened… Read more: Responding to the Resurrection
- Blessed Assurance
The human need for assurance that everything will be alright begins very early in life. In our transparency we must admit the desire for it never really passes. I remember that as dad lay on his death bed, what he wanted most was the reassurance of heaven and eternal life. From cradle to grave assurance is essential. That’s what this passage is about, blessed assurance.
- Coming to Christ: Resurrection Sunday
I love to hear testimonies of how people came to Christ; how they became a believer. Some share stories of dramatic life-altering transformations. While others quietly find their faith under the influence of a Sunday school teacher, close relative or friend. What’s important is that you’ve had the experience.
- The Sovereign Celebration: Palm Sunday
The sovereignty of God means there is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that’s outside of God’s influence and authority. God is above all things and before all things. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. (Rev. 21:6)
- Last Words to Lost People
It’s hard to believe how fast this year is going. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, then Easter, and Resurrection Sunday April 4. So, next week we cover Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the empty tomb the following week. The events of this morning’s passage takes place between those two. Jesus’ return to Jerusalem the final week of His earthly ministry and His resurrection. Here, John captures a portion of Jesus’ last words to lost people.
- Believe, Because, Belong
The greatest lack in our church is discipleship. This was never made clearer to me than over the past twelve months of the pandemic. What I learned about our church is that we weren’t as discipled as we (I) thought we were. We aren’t as committed to discipleship as we need to be. By discipleship I simply mean gaining a solid, working grasp of God’s word and applying it to our lives; leading to Kingdom growth.
- Righteous Anger
The church is not immune to angry attitudes, words, and actions either. Any long-standing member of virtually any church can attest to the outbursts at a business meeting. What Christians must understand is that wrongly placed anger is destructive. Righteous anger is corrective, it actually can lead to positive outcomes.
- Essentials of an Effective Christian Life
It was six weeks ago we looked at the ministry of John the Baptist using a portion of this passage, “Today we return to the scene for a different purpose.” Rather than centering in John’s activity we’ll see the fundamental, the essential practices of Jesus as he began His public ministry.
- The Son Shines
I remember driving the 762 miles throughout the night, praying, asking God for strength. I also asked Him (and I think this is the only time I’d ever done this) I asked the Lord for a sign that my wife and mother would be alright.
- Disease, Demons and Divinity
By this time of our Lord’s ministry, His status as God’s Son had been publicly proclaimed in dramatic fashion by several reputable sources. Human, divine and demonic people and forces who would know.
- For the Kingdoms Sake
If I asked, “What would you be willing to do for the sake of your family?” Many, if not most of you, would say anything or whatever I can. And that’s the right answer. And you do. You work hard; invest yourself and make sacrifices for the good of your family.
- How to Testify
This moment, this season, in the history of the church is a time for the church to make great strides in kingdom building. Because if church history teaches us anything, it is when the culture is darkest that the light of Christ shines brightest.