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”

Jesus has surprise gift for you – John 3:22-36, Part 4

I’ll never forget when our friends surprised Michelle and me on our 40th birthdays. Our birthdays are only a month and a half apart, and we were both turning 40 that year, so I friends threw us a surprise dance party. Even as we were walking around the corner and into the front door ofContinue reading “Jesus has surprise gift for you – John 3:22-36, Part 4”

How you can see and enter God’s Kingdom – John 3:1-21, Part 3

I first saw the Epcot globe in the summer of 1984 when my family visited on a vacation. It was still a new feature in a new theme park at Disney World in Florida, having opened in 1982. That huge globe, pictured above, was for me, an impressionable ten-year old, an amazing sight to see.Continue reading “How you can see and enter God’s Kingdom – John 3:1-21, Part 3”

The backstory of John the Baptist – John 1:19-34, Part 2

Who was John the Baptist? In this post we begin to learn the backstory of John the Baptist. While our current blog series is studying the Gospel of John, and while this week we are learning about John 1:19-34, to get the backstory of John the Baptist, we need to turn elsewhere. The full accountContinue reading “The backstory of John the Baptist – John 1:19-34, Part 2”

The surprising beginning of the first church family – Relationships: In a church, Part 1

Calling the people in a local church congregation a “family” is pretty normal in Christian circles.  In fact one of the most common ways that the New Testament writers refer to the people in a church congregation is by using the terms “brothers” and “sisters”.   We are siblings in Christ. I wonder if that soundsContinue reading “The surprising beginning of the first church family – Relationships: In a church, Part 1”

You can have a relationship with the Holy Spirit – Relationships: God, Part 5

In the previous posts, here and here, we’ve been talking about how we have a relationship with God, expressed in the three persons of the Trinity. So how do we have a relationship with God the Spirit? We read about the arrival of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, and the rest of the NewContinue reading “You can have a relationship with the Holy Spirit – Relationships: God, Part 5”

Some difficulties of having a relationship with God – Relationships: God, Part 2

In one of the premarital counseling workbooks that Michelle and I use with engaged couples, the authors ask a question at the end of nearly every chapter.  Whether they are talking about love or finances or in-laws or communication, they ask the same question: “How will the presence of Jesus help you in this areaContinue reading “Some difficulties of having a relationship with God – Relationships: God, Part 2”

God only speaks through the Bible? – Relationships: God, Part 1

Usually once or twice each year, I teach a course as an adjunct professor for Lancaster Bible College. This fall I’m teaching a theology course that I have never taught before. To prepare I’ve been reading the textbooks, and the first book got under my skin.  I have no problem with about two-thirds of theContinue reading “God only speaks through the Bible? – Relationships: God, Part 1”

How the power of the Holy Spirit helps us become more gentle – Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness, Part 5

This week we welcome guest blogger, Daymarr Jackson. In addition to being Faith Church’s youth leader, Daymarr is a Chaplain candidate in the PA Army National Guard, and a MDiv student at Evangelical Seminary. Daymarr and his wife, Danielys, have two children. This week he continues our series on the Fruit of the Spirit. There’sContinue reading “How the power of the Holy Spirit helps us become more gentle – Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness, Part 5”

James Dean, long strides and the Holy Spirit? – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Part 1

One of my parents’ neighbors is quite a character.  He’s lived on their street before my parents moved there in the mid-1980s, and he is probably about 5 years older than me.  He has classic car hot rods, and during his late teens and 20s he would rev the engine every morning before going toContinue reading “James Dean, long strides and the Holy Spirit? – Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Part 1”