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 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”

How to conquer pain, death and loss – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 4

We have begun the season of Easter 2022 seeking to understand how the resurrection of Jesus gives hope to the separated, the condemned, the suffering. Paul’s words in Romans chapter 8 have already been inspiring. Now we turn to the amazing end of the chapter, and Paul’s message just keeps getting better.  Let’s start byContinue reading “How to conquer pain, death and loss – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 4”

Hope for the condemned – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 2

What do you do when you feel the anxiety and the pain and the stress of condemnation from people? Other people can sure be condemning, can’t they? Maybe you have a family member, a co-worker, or a classmate that is like that. They might even be a church member, someone you would call a friend,Continue reading “Hope for the condemned – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 2”

The surprising way Jesus fulfilled prophecy on Palm Sunday – Mark 11, Part 3

Jesus was the Messiah, but he was not the Messiah the Jews were looking for. When the Jews interpreted messianic passages like Psalm 118, which they quoted on the original Palm Sunday, they concluded that the Messiah was going to be a king of the line of the great king David.  This new king wouldContinue reading “The surprising way Jesus fulfilled prophecy on Palm Sunday – Mark 11, Part 3”

How Jesus sets us free – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 4

One of my favorite Bible verses is Galatians 2:20.  Open a Bible and read Galatians 2:17-21, and take note especially of verse 20. See what Paul says in verse 20?  The amazing truth is that by faith Christ Jesus can live in us!!!  That’s a million times better than trying to keep the law!  GodContinue reading “How Jesus sets us free – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 4”

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”

What happens when we cross the line with God – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 3

Can you ever sin too much? Can you ever rebel against God too far? As we continue our study of Ezekiel 33, we learned in the previous post that God opened Ezekiel’s mouth, after seven years of silence, and now Ezekiel can speak freely. In verse 23, just as soon as Ezekiel can say whateverContinue reading “What happens when we cross the line with God – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 3”

How to experience glory – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 4

This week in our study of 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Paul writes that Christians are people who are saved. In the previous post we examined how we are saved from separation from God. In today’s post we try to understand how we are also saved for something. As Jesus taught it, we are saved to beContinue reading “How to experience glory – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 4”