What makes the Church unique, special, different, set apart from any other organization, social club, or para-church ministry?
It's hard to know how we are without knowing who we are, or better, Whose we are.
Today we begin a short series on The Church, what makes...read >>
What would the Good News be without the Resurrection of Christ?
But what makes the Resurrection such Good News is what the resurrected Christ saves us from: our sin! We value our Savior according to how much we realize He has saved us from. He who has been forgiven...read >>
In God's divine wisdom, today we see how He sovereignly used the wicked purposes and plans of His enemies to make sure Jesus' body wasn't stolen from the grave. They did everything they could to secure Jesus' tomb, disabling any would-be excuses, arguments or other...read >>
God is just. He does things right.
Humanity is sinful. We do things wrong.
God shows mercy to a sinful humanity. So, how is that just? How is that right? How is His character of justice, righteousness and holiness upheld, despite giving life to sinners.
That's a...read >>
Have you ever felt like you needed to come to God's defense? Perhaps it was a conversation you overheard, someone questioning the validity of Scripture, a particular doctrine perhaps. Clearly there was a misunderstanding of sorts that you just felt compelled to...read >>
The Lord Jesus has set His face like flint for Jerusalem. He's headed to the cross and He knows it. He's spent the last two chapters preparing His men for His departure, telling them of things yet to come: the destruction of the Temple, the trials and tribulations...read >>
So when will the Son of Man return?
That's a question apparently not even He knows the answer to.
Wait... What? There's something the Son of God doesn't know?
Well, that's what He said.
But how can He be God, but not know something?
Glad you've joined us. If...read >>
Ever been backed into a corner? Well, you're not alone.
Just when the Jewish religious leaders are certain they have Jesus pinned, His simple, yet amazing wisdom, turns the table on them as He charts a course for His followers as to how we are to relate to...read >>
In our passage today Jesus provides His most potent parable yet, aimed directly at the religious leaders in and around the Temple. He leaves no doubt as to who He was referring to: the Jewish chief priests and elders responsible for leading the people of God. But...read >>
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. -Proverbs 1.7
We're living in a time and age when wisdom is mocked at laughed at, when it's cool to be casual and clueless. Against such a dark backdrop shines the brightness...read >>
What would you expect a "house of prayer" to be like? Quiet? Calm? Perhaps some soft choruses in the background? Some Scripture being read? Prayers being prayed of course, right?
Well, that's not even close to what Jesus found in His "house of prayer" when He came...read >>
Do you like being interrupted? Not many do.
En route to Jerusalem for the Passover, crowds did all they could to suppress the annoying interruption of a couple of blind beggars, crying out for Jesus' attention. They wanted to see! But the crowds just wanted them to...read >>
Having just declared God's sacred intent for marital permanence, the subject now shifts naturally on to the product of such sacred unions: children. "Jesus," indeed, "loves the little children." "Let the children come to Me."
Ever seen a politician pose for a pic...read >>
As we worked through last week's passage, discovering God's deign & intent for permanence in our marriages, all kinds of questions arose in the minds of many. Even as Jesus' disciples heard the truth, they too came away with a weighty question & conclusion: "If such...read >>
Peter had just come down the Mount of Transfiguration where Jesus’ whole body shown like the sun, where Moses the Law and Elijah the Prophet met with Him face to face, where the heavenly Father Himself declared ‘This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well...read >>
The story of the Resurrection may have culminated on the third day after Jesus' crucifixion, but it certainly didn't originate there. His death for our sin wasn't just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The glorious Trinity planned the...read >>
On the heels of Peter's great confession, comes evidence of great confusion still. He may have been persuaded of Jesus' identity as the Messiah, but he still had a long way to go in his understanding of God's plans to redeem the world from sin through the suffering...read >>
Crowds brought Him their sick for healing. Herod, on the other hand, was hostile toward Jesus. The religious leaders, the Pharisees & Sadducees, persecuted the Christ, they wanted Him dead. So many different reactions to Jesus.
In our passage today, we hear from...read >>
Are you someone with a disability? Do you know someone with a disability? How about someone with a deadly disease? Do you know anyone who needs healing, who needs hope? Who doesn't?!
For some, even the topic makes them nervous, finds them fleeing the scene in fear,...read >>