Jesus’ surprising idea about work – John 6:22-51, Part 2

In our study this week, Jesus doesn’t seem too thrilled with the idea that people want more of him.  You’d think Jesus would be ecstatic that a crowd was seeking after him, right?  Isn’t that the goal?  That more people would want Jesus in their lives?  As we continue with the rest of the passage,Continue reading “Jesus’ surprising idea about work – John 6:22-51, Part 2”

How to know if you are a true believer – John 5:16-30, Part 5

How do you know if you are a true believer? Many people have wondered, and sometimes their wondering has caused anxiety. Some of have said, “Well, we won’t know until we get heaven.” But is that true? Thankfully, no. Jesus says there is a way to know now if a person is a true believer.Continue reading “How to know if you are a true believer – John 5:16-30, Part 5”

Jesus’ testy conversation about water – John 4:1-26, Part 3

At my house, we have a well, so my family knows about wells running dry. We know about sediment filters getting clogged. We know about low water pressure, or no water at all. But if you are on public water, you can pretty much leave your water on all the time, and it will neverContinue reading “Jesus’ testy conversation about water – John 4:1-26, Part 3”

What I learned about God’s wrath – John 3:22-36, Part 5

If you’ve been a Christian for a few months, and during that time you’ve attended worship services at a church, my guess is that you’ve heard songs that mention God’s wrath. The song, “In Christ Alone,” says “the wrath of God was satisfied” when Jesus died on the cross. And “The Battle Hymn of theContinue reading “What I learned about God’s wrath – John 3:22-36, Part 5”

How to enter the Kingdom of God – Galatians 5:16-26, Part 5

After illustrating the acts of the sinful nature, as we learned in the previous post on Galatians 5:16-26, Paul has a clear warning for the people.  Look at the end of verse 21, “If we live according the desires and indulgences of the sinful nature, we will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”  That’s aContinue reading “How to enter the Kingdom of God – Galatians 5:16-26, Part 5”

How to be counted as worthy of God’s Kingdom – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 5

Will you be counted as worthy of the Kingdom of God? Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 1 verse 5 that the Thessalonian Christians’ growing spiritual maturity in the midst of persecution is evidence that they will be counted as worthy of the Kingdom.  That’s quite a statement.  What if we are Christians who haven’t beenContinue reading “How to be counted as worthy of God’s Kingdom – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 5”

What my peach tree teaches me about resurrection – Easter 2021, Part 3

I’m writing this in early spring, when I am starting to see the beginning of buds growing on the peach tree in my yard. Maybe you have fruit trees, and you’ve seen this growth process underway. As the buds eventually flower, the tiny fruit will begin to grow. Frequently, some fruit ripens early and weContinue reading “What my peach tree teaches me about resurrection – Easter 2021, Part 3”

Why Christians should be talking about the resurrection constantly – Acts 24-26, Part 5

Though he had previously persecuted Christians because he thought they were followers of a false teacher, when he met the risen the Jesus, Paul was totally changed.  There was no denying this story of Paul’s life history.  The resurrection of Jesus changes everything.  I wonder if we have taken Jesus’ resurrection for granted?  I wonderContinue reading “Why Christians should be talking about the resurrection constantly – Acts 24-26, Part 5”

Jesus wants us to have so much more than eternal life – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 3

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “eternal life”?  Probably heaven right?  Life after death. But that’s not the only way that Jesus talked about the new life that we can have in him.  In John 10:10 he would go on to say that he came that people would haveContinue reading “Jesus wants us to have so much more than eternal life – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 3”

Who we really are in Christ – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 2

Think about how you see yourself. Is it the same as who you are? Is it possible that your self-identity is different from who you really are? I think it is very possible. Consider people that think they are losers, failures, or many other negative words. Perhaps other people told them that. Perhaps they didContinue reading “Who we really are in Christ – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 2”