What is Pentecost?

What is Pentecost?

What is Pentecost? And what’s its significance? Did you know there’s even a day that celebrates Pentecost? I didn’t know what Pentecost Sunday was for a long time, and I certainly didn’t understand the full significance of it. Yet, Pentecost is full of significance. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the coming of the Holy […]

We Still Need the Spirit’s Empowering Presence

We Still Need the Spirit’s Empowering Presence

We Still Need the Spirit’s Empowering Presence Moses had stood before Pharaoh, led 600,000 Israelites out of Egypt, and received the Law from the LORD Himself. If there was someone that could feel accomplished and able you’d think it’d be Moses. Yet, he was humble and knew his need. In fact, the book of Numbers […]

Biblical Womanhood

Biblical Womanhood 

What does the Bible say about Biblical Womanhood?   Biblical Womanhood The concept of “biblical womanhood” has gotten a “bad rap” outside and even inside the church. Actual biblical womanhood, however, is beautiful and provides a context for a bounty of good. Actual biblical womanhood is like a fortress that allows for flourishing. Masculinity, femininity, and […]

Care in the Church

Care in the Church

The Conviction to Care in the Church “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). . The conviction to care in the church, must come before care in […]

God is the ultimate Avenger

God is the ultimate Avenger and that’s a good thing.

God is the ultimate Avenger and that’s a good thing. “The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries and keeps wrath for His enemies” (Nahum 1:2). One of my kids asked me about this passage the other night. They were concerned and kind of distressed by it. I asked my kids what it is the comic book heroes the Avengers do. They responded that they […]

Law

What does God’s law do?

What does God’s law do? To answer that question we are going to look at the three types of law and the three uses of the law in the Bible. Three Types of Law In the Bible, there are three types of law. It is critical for our understanding and application of the Bible that […]

Noah's Ark

Noah’s Ark and the Bible’s Narrative Arc

“…the whole earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen. 6:11b-12). The story of Noah and his ark has always been a difficult story. Knowing the context of the story is helpful though. So, what was going […]

Will sin be possible in heaven?

To answer the question will sin be possible in heaven, there are a number of passages we should look at.  “…the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect“ (Hebrews 12:23).  “…those whom He foreknew He also predestined […]

In the shelter of the Most High

Sunday morning in church we were looking at Luke chapter one and my attention was drawn to verse 35.  The angel said to Mary, “the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”1 This phrase brings us to Psalm 91 verse 1: “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in […]

What Made Mary Special?

What made Mary special? Was there something in her background that made God choose her? Did she have a high place in society? Let’s look at some background to try to answer those questions. Mary was a young girl (maybe as young as thirteen) from an obscure town. Actually, when one of Jesus’ future disciples […]

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