The Truth about God: Part 2 (Luke 20:9-19)

What is God really like? Jesus tells a parable in Luke 20:9-19, which reveals four foundational aspects of the nature of God. In Part 1, we saw God is good. Now, we will consider two more truths about God we learn from this parable: 2. God is patient – He sends us many messengers In […]

The Truth about God: Part 1 (Luke 20:9-19)

Most of us are familiar with product warning labels. A warning label is designed to protect us from harm. If there was a warning label attached to the passage of Scripture we are looking at today, it would read: WARNING – IF YOU REJECT GOD’S SON YOU WILL RECEIVE GOD’S JUDGEMENT. On the Sunday before His […]

Jesus, the Unwelcomed Lover (Luke 13:31-35)

Have you ever had your love rejected? It hurts when someone rejects your love, whether you are 13, 23, or 73 years old. Oh, the pain of rejected love! In today’s passage, I want you to see how Jesus’ love is often unwelcomed and rejected. But before we read our text, let me review the […]

Favoritism Forbidden, Walking the Talk: Part 1 (James 2:1–7)

Not only is the mature Christian patient in testing (James 1), but he also practices the truth. This is the theme of James 2. Immature people talk about their beliefs, but the mature person lives his faith. Hearing God’s Word and talking about God’s Word can never substitute for doing God’s Word. Every believer has […]

How To Handle Temptation: Part 2 (James 1:17–18)

When our circumstances are difficult, we may find ourselves complaining against God, questioning His love, and resisting His will. At this point, Satan provides us with an opportunity to escape the difficulty. This opportunity is a temptation. There are three facts we must consider if we are to overcome temptation. In Part 1, we saw […]

The Secret of Contentment: Part 2 (Philippians 4:10-23)

In these verses, Paul names three wonderful spiritual resources that make us adequate and give us contentment. In Part 1, we saw the first resource: the overruling providence of God. Today, we will look at the next two spiritual resources. The Unfailing Power of God (Phil. 4:11–13) Not that I speak from want, for I […]

The Secret of Contentment: Part 1 (Philippians 4:10-23)

“The trouble with him is he’s a thermometer and not a thermostat!” This statement by one of his deacons aroused the pastor’s curiosity. They were discussing possible board members and Jim’s name had come up. “Pastor, it’s like this,” the deacon explained. “A thermometer doesn’t change anything around it—it just registers the temperature. It’s always […]

Knowing God

Previously, we looked at The Doctrine of God and examined 10 Attributes of God, which are revealed to us in Scripture. Today, we will consider what impact these truths have on our lives. What difference does it make? It makes all the difference in the world; not only in this world, but in the world […]

10 Attributes of God

Our theology about God is rooted and grounded solely in Scripture. All we can ever know about God is what He has chosen to disclose to us. What, then, does God reveal to us about Himself? Here are 10 things God tells us in Scripture. 1. He is the only true God. The Scripture is […]

What Happens When We Die?

There is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death.  The existence of life after death is a universal question.  Job asked God, “If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:14).  Like Job, all of us have been challenged by this question.  What exactly does the Bible says happens after we […]

Truth or Consequences (1 John 2:18-29)

“It makes no difference what you believe, just as long as you are sincere!” That statement expresses the personal philosophy of many people today, but it is doubtful whether most of those who make it have really thought it through. Is “sincerity” really the magic ingredient that makes something true? A nurse in a hospital […]

Lessons from a Leper (Luke 17:11-17)

The Bible never promises our lives will be free from pain and difficulties, instead the Bible promises we will have many trials and tribulations in this life.  The secret to a successful life is knowing where to turn for help when you have a problem.  That’s the lesson we are going to learn today from […]

What is God Really Like? (Luke 15:11-24)

Some people think the most important question in life is, “Do you believe in God?”  But a more important question is, “What kind of God do you believe in?”  There is something worse than being an atheist – it is believing in a false god or having an erroneous concept of God.  There are many […]

Welcome to the Neighborhood (Luke 10:29-37)

With a plain red sweater, white canvass sneakers, a warm smile, and a simple song Fred Rogers became a PBS legend.  He recently passed away, but his work still lives on because he did his best to be the kind of person that every child would want for their neighbor.  Does anyone know the name […]

Hearers and Doers (James 1:22-25)

Many people think their spirituality is based on how much they know about the Bible, not on how obedient they are to the commands in Scripture. I know many people who have superior knowledge of the Bible, but it never changes them. It never impacts their lives. They are just not growing. They look into […]

The Gospel, Missions, and Evangelism

Over the years, I have observed and been involved with many churches – some grew; most did not.  I noticed very few churches experienced growth.  Most came to the place where they plataued, both spiritually and numerically, and then they would gradually decline.  The more I saw this the greater my discontentment became with the […]

God of All Comfort

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings […]

Consequences

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7). Very few things motivate us to give God our undivided attention like being faced with the negative consequences of our decisions. Regardless of our guilt, we find the courage (or nerve) to turn to God for help and oftentimes […]

Does Jeremiah 29:11 Still Apply Today?

Question: “Can this famously quoted verse in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 29:11) be applied directly to my life today or was it only meant for Israel?” Answer: To correctly interpret this verse (or any part of the Bible for that matter), we need to address the following questions: First, what did the text mean to the original audience?  […]

Will of God

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2). I have been asked many questions about the will of God. “How do I know the will […]

God’s Grace

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is no small wonder these two verses are frequently memorized. They sum up the gospel of grace. Every heart’s desire is grace. […]

The Godly Person

In the Bible, nothing negative is written about Joseph or Daniel. Both were promoted to the king’s court. Both stood alone for what is right. Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den; Joseph was thrown into a pit by jealous brothers and later into prison. Daniel interpreted dreams, Joseph interpreted dreams. Neither changed the interpretations […]

Assurance of Salvation

“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 24). It would be a terrible thing for children (or adults!) to wonder how they fit in their families. While that is terrible in an earthly family, it is even […]

Adoption in God’s Family

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption…” (Romans 8:15). Whereas Jesus speaks of our being born into the family of God (John 3:3), Paul uses the term adoption. Both are pictures of the same spiritual reality. The emphasis […]

Pride vs. Humility

God extends His grace to the humble, but resists the proud (James 4:6). Humility expresses a genuine dependency on God and others. Humility recognizes we live the Christian life in the same manner we become Christians – by the grace of God. To those who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on […]

Signs of a Hard Heart

I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you (Exodus 7:3-4). Have you ever met someone who was just plain stubborn? You might know people within your circle of friends who insist on having their way. They are hardheaded and obstinate about what […]

Faith’s Hall of Fame

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for” (Heb. 11:1-2). Hebrews 11 has been called faith’s hall of fame.  Some of the people named experienced outstanding victories, but others were severely mistreated, tormented, and even killed.  The people whose stories are […]