God has an important role for you in his mission – John 4:27-42, Part 5

In the previous post, Jesus taught his disciples that they should see themselves as harvesters. He wasn’t referring to harvesting in the farming world, but harvesting for God’s Kingdom. Jesus was saying that just as they were his disciples, their mission was to help more people become his disciples. Just then, something happened to illustrateContinue reading “God has an important role for you in his mission – John 4:27-42, Part 5”

How you live shows what you believe – John 3:1-21, Part 5

I recently read a book about Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent who betrayed his oath and sold top secret info to Russia.  The author researched and described the in-depth, many years long process FBI agents went through to identify and catch Hanssen.  Does reading that book make me a spy-catcher now?  No.  In the sameContinue reading “How you live shows what you believe – John 3:1-21, Part 5”

Did Jesus really do miracles? – John 3:1-21, Part 2

In the previous post, we met a new character in the Gospel of John. The powerful and respected Nicodemus, who is both a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish Ruling Council. As we continue studying John 3:1-21, we read in verse 2 that Nicodemus visits Jesus at night. We are giving no context toContinue reading “Did Jesus really do miracles? – John 3:1-21, Part 2”

Who is Jesus? – Gospel of John Intro: Preview

Can you prove that Jesus is God, that he was born, lived, died and rose again?  Can you prove that he is who he said he is, and that he is who his followers said he is?  I have often wished that there was video evidence to help us prove it, but there is not. Continue reading “Who is Jesus? – Gospel of John Intro: Preview”

The important difference between faith and faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 2

In the previous post we studied a couple passages of Scripture that declare God’s faithfulness. You might read those verses and think, “Okay, I see the words of Scripture, but based on what is happening in my life, it doesn’t always seem that God is faithful.”  If we’re honest, we can feel like lamenters inContinue reading “The important difference between faith and faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 2”

We need faith that is more than faith – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Preview

What do you think of the name of my church: “Faith Church”?  I checked the historical records we have on file, and they begin in 1968 after the name of the church was already decided.  Wouldn’t it be cool to have a transcript of the discussion that led to our name “Faith”? Why did whoever pickedContinue reading “We need faith that is more than faith – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Preview”

Wonder: Remember His Rescue – Psalm 77, Part 3

This week I welcome guest blogger, Clint Watkins, as he shares with us how his personal experience of loss and pain led him to learn how to seize hope through lament. If you want to learn more about Clint, please visit his website. As we continue studying Psalm 77, we have already learned how lamentContinue reading “Wonder: Remember His Rescue – Psalm 77, Part 3”

You can be set free to love – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 5

Do you find it hard to love some people? Maybe there are people you really struggle with? Keep reading because there is hope! Because Jesus died and rose again, we can be free!  Look at chapter 4:1-7.  Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Paul says, we can receive the full rights as sons and daughtersContinue reading “You can be set free to love – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 5”

How to be made right – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 3

I told a story in the preview post about how I was not right. I made the stupid decision to smack my head against a beam. Maybe you’ve done very dumb or very bad things as well. My guess is that just about all of have at one time or another. Do you need toContinue reading “How to be made right – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 3”

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”