International Persecution

For a couple of years now, the night before every podcast, I usually peruse anywhere between 45-90 Christian news sites, and I am still consistently shocked at the mass volume of Christians around the globe who are tortured and killed daily for simply having faith in Christ, particularly from articles on websites like Persecution.org, Christian ...

A Higher Law

Text: Romans 7:15-8:1-2 “15) For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16) If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17) Now then it is no more I that do it, ...

Holy Water?

Do you know how so-called “holy water” is made? I stumbled upon an article recently that laid bare the secret process of making “holy water”. Are you ready? A Catholic priest by the name of Richard Tomlinson first explained, “Well, Holy Water is water that has been blessed by a priest, though other clergy (such ...

Thanksgiving

I expect everyone is preparing their favorite Thanksgiving meals, maybe trying a few or one new dish this year.  I am not sure how Thanksgiving’s are for everyone, but they are commonly a time to reflect upon what we are thankful for.  As I have taken some time to think about what I am thankful ...

A Glimpse of Glory in A Letter | A Primer for the Epistle to the Ephesians

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:”~ Ephesians 1:1 ~ The letter to the Ephesians is the long-awaited “perfect is come” (1 Cor. 13:10). The doctrine in Ephesians contains the “deep things” “prepared” and “ordained before the ...

Here’s a Verse to Meditate Upon

1 Tim. 1:5 “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned…” Paul provides us in this passage God’s divine strategy on how to win friends and influence people: charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of ...

Marriage And Godliness As One Flesh Part 1

1Co 7:2  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 1Co 7:3  Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 1Co 7:4  The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also ...

Hygge (hyoo guh)

As I was prepping for Monday’s podcast, I stumbled across an article by Mark Arnold over at Europe’s Evangelical Focus called “Self Care in the Darkness.” Mark first makes the point that in many parts of the world, we’ve reached that time of year in which “the nights start drawing in, the weather starts getting ...

“And She Shall Be Saved In Childbearing” 4: The Godly Woman

1Pe 3:1  Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;  1Pe 3:2  While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.  1Pe 3:3  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning ...

Philemon – A Light of Grace

[Below are the notes to my second Philemon conference message at Grace Life Bible Church. Check out part one here. These notes are also available for download here. Philemon is awesome! Enjoy!] Philemon 10-14 10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 11 Which in time past was ...

Intro to Philemon

[Below are the notes to my first Philemon conference message at Grace Life Bible Church. These notes as well as the PowerPoint (with really really pretty photos) are also available for download here. Philemon is awesome! Enjoy!] Here we have the story of the servant who betrayed his master. He stole some valuables and ran ...

101 Spiritual Blessings The Moment We Believed

We are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 3:24, Tit 3:7) We are “justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Rom 3:28, Rom 5:1) Our “faith is counted for righteousness.” (Rom 4:5) We “have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:1) We ...

“And She Shall Be Saved In Childbearing 3:” The “Help Meet”

1Ti 2:9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;  1Ti 2:10  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.  1Ti 2:11  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  1Ti 2:12  But I suffer ...

The Simplicity That Is In Christ

This issue of “simplicity” has been a matter that has been employed countless of times.  If you had a nickel for every time one used this issue in a conversation we all would be rich.  I am not saying there isn’t a context for this, for Paul uses it in 2 Corinthians 11:4; however, often ...

Do You Know Him?

Text: Philippians 3:7-10 “Do you know Him?”  How often I have made that inquiry to an audience, or an individual, as to whether they have believed the Gospel concerning what the Lord Jesus Christ DID for them through His death, burial, and resurrection, and thereby have a living relationship with Him. Do they know Him ...

Exceeding Greatness of His Power

Eph. 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, ...

“And She Shall Be Saved In Childbearing?” Part 2

1Ti 5:11  But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; 1Ti 5:12  Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 1Ti 5:13  And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which ...

Justification By Faith: Looking At The Evidence

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. [28] Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. [29] Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the ...

Who Are You?

“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?” {1 Corinthians 3:5} The Corinthian divisions were from the strife and envying going on among them, that were rooted and embedded in the fleshly wisdom of the world. By nature, each man seeks ...

Get ready for the Gospels

The problem with modern churches is they open to the four gospels, not understanding the books of the Bible that came before them, and assume God is talking to them. Let us look and see what we need to understand before we ever get to the book of Matthew! The children of Israel understand that ...