STUDYING THE SCRIPTURES "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as … Continue reading Studying the Scriptures
Month: September 2011
Suffering, Sin, and Salvation
LUKE 13.1-9 Why do bad things happen? We should also ask "why do good things happen?" The problem of suffering demands that we prove God is righteous in this world as we know it. First, we must understand that the world as we know is not the world as God wants it. When God created … Continue reading Suffering, Sin, and Salvation
We are big on essentials. What do I have to do to compete the job, the course, the paper, the test? What is necessary. We know God has some essentials for us as Christians. I fear that some essentials have been neglected. Jesus definitely spoke of some things as essential to salvation. Jesus said those … Continue reading Forgotten Essentials
Questions for When We Hurt
When we hurt... Is God still in control? Palm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge." Is God still working? Romans 8:28, "And we know … Continue reading Questions for When We Hurt
Bring him to Jesus
BRING HIM TO JESUS MARK 2.4 "And not being able to bring him to Jesus on account of the crowd, they removed the roof where he was, and having made an opening they lowered the mattress upon which the paralyzed man lay. And Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralyzed man, son, your … Continue reading Bring him to Jesus
What Does Your Church Offer?
WHAT DOES YOUR CHURCH OFFER? What does your church offer? A survey of the religious neighbors may leave some feeling inadequate. Many congregations feel like their simple worship cannot compete with the modern performance worship down town. Sometimes congregations just are not equipped to offer some services which are effectively reaching out into some communities. … Continue reading What Does Your Church Offer?
SPIRITUAL WORSHIP John 4:21-24 "Jesus said unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither on this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh and now is, when the true … Continue reading Spiritual Worship
Where Would You Be Sitting?
WHERE WOULD YOU BE SITTING? Matthew 9:9-12 strength requires sacrifice Jesus saw Matthew sitting among the tax collectors. Matthew was among the marginalized, the outcast, and the immoral. He would not have appeared to have much potential for as a Christ follower. Yet Jesus extends the invitation "Follow me" and Matthew responds impeccably. Luke 5:28 … Continue reading Where Would You Be Sitting?