I’m sure we’ve all experienced how excitement can be contagious… well, I can’t read Ephesians 1 without catching some of Paul’s passion! Each phrase, each word, each description of our salvation more powerful and profound than the previous. Paul is overwhelmed at the goodness of God in Christ and we should be too!
I often tell couples that there are two ways to listen to each other—either like a lawyer or like a counselor. A lawyer listens only enough to object, to jump in and make his or her case. He or she isn’t necessarily listening to understand, rather he or she is listening to respond.
Most of us tend to think of faith like a traditional light switch, either on or off. And there is a sense in which this is correct. We either have genuine faith or we don’t. We either trust Jesus alone or we don’t. At the same time, Scripture indicates that there is a sense in […]
If Paul was willing to confront Peter to his face over this issue, it must be important!
One of the things we’re told in the Scriptures is that the servant is no greater than the Master—if people hated Jesus, they will hate His followers.
How amazing would it have been to be present on the Day of Pentecost when the Spirit was poured out
and the early Christians were filled?
We live in a society that prizes self-confidence. A lack of self-confidence is often seen as a fatal flaw and the presence of self-confidence almost as a guarantee of success.
By the time we get to Mark 12 the conflict between Jesus and the Jewish leadership is nearing its zenith.
As I was reading this morning’s passage from the 5x5x5 Reading Plan (the feeding of the five-thousand and Jesus walking on water), I was struck again by two realities.
This week, our reading plan has us in the first five chapters of Mark’s Gospel. Mark is a fast-paced Gospel with a quick crescendo as Jesus’ power and authority are made very apparent.