The identity of The Word in… – John 1:1-18, Part 4

Who was God in the skin?  In our study of John 1:1-18, we learned in the previous post that John writes in verse 14 that God, who John calls The Word, took on human skin. But John hasn’t told us yet who The Word is, so let me introduce another word. God in the skinContinue reading “The identity of The Word in… – John 1:1-18, Part 4”

The amazing news that God wants to adopt you – John 1:1-18, Part 3

So far, John hasn’t told us the identity of the Word.  He continues now in verses 6-9 by giving us some history.  Verses 1-5 have been very theological, kind of vague, maybe hard to understand.  John knows he needs to start getting more specific.  So he introduces us to a man named John.  He isContinue reading “The amazing news that God wants to adopt you – John 1:1-18, Part 3”

How Jesus’ followers understood God’s heart for the world [and so should we] – Relationships: with the world, Part 3

In the previous post, we learned that God instilled in the ancient nation of Israel his heart for the foreigner, the immigrant, the stranger. What find as we move from the Old Testament to the New Testament is that God himself, in the person of Christ, took on humanity, was born, lived, died, and roseContinue reading “How Jesus’ followers understood God’s heart for the world [and so should we] – Relationships: with the world, Part 3”

Baseball and God’s heart for the world – Relationships: with the world, Preview

My freshman year of high school I tried out for my high school baseball team, as I thought baseball was my best sport. I had played soccer the previous fall, making the Jr. High team as a 9th grader, and I enjoyed it. I also considered trying out for the basketball team, another sport IContinue reading “Baseball and God’s heart for the world – Relationships: with the world, Preview”

Christian, what aroma does your manner, method and message give off? – Relationships: In the community, Part 5

My wife, Michelle, works at a local café.  She and the other servers say that the Sunday, after-church crowd are some of their least favorite to serve.  Why?  Their manner, message and method stink.  They can be demanding. They can treat their servers coldly or disrespectfully. They can lack polite manners. They can barely tip,Continue reading “Christian, what aroma does your manner, method and message give off? – Relationships: In the community, Part 5”

Do you give off the aroma of life or the aroma of death? – Relationships: In the community, Part 4

When I go running with my dogs, one of the most amazing things is the smell of breakfast cooking emanating from the houses we pass by.  Or maybe you are more familiar with the smell of someone cooking burgers.  Or a chicken barbeque.  The wind can carry that smell really far.  I grew up inContinue reading “Do you give off the aroma of life or the aroma of death? – Relationships: In the community, Part 4”

What do kindness and heaven have to do with one another? – Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness, Part 3

In the previous post, we read Paul’s words in Galatians 5 where he writes that if you are regularly demonstrating hatred, discord, and fits of rage, you will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Is Paul saying that if we are not kind, we cannot go to heaven? “Paul,” you might say, “I thought you wroteContinue reading “What do kindness and heaven have to do with one another? – Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness, Part 3”

How to grow peace in your life – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 5

This week we welcome guest blogger, David Hundert, who is a Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA. What I hope is that you will be able to walk away from these blog posts about peace and have peace; to be at peace with God. How do we do that? First, inContinue reading “How to grow peace in your life – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, 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”

What my dog’s howling taught me about how God wants to change the world – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 5

We live just down the road from a local volunteer fire station, so we hear the fire siren quite regularly.  If my dog is outside when the siren goes off, my dog will start howling.  I don’t know why he doesn’t howl inside.  Only outside.  But here’s the thing.  He cannot control the howling.  WhenContinue reading “What my dog’s howling taught me about how God wants to change the world – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 5”