February 4, 2018 That I MIght Win 1 Corinthians 9
What does it take to win? Each situation is different, but self-control and discipline are required each time. Paul’s desire to win people through the gospel was so central and all-prevailing that it changed his entire approach and ministry. Are you a winner unto yourself or a winner of others?
February 11, 2018 Unveiling Grace 2 Corinthians 3 & 4
One day we will see God face to face. Transfiguration’s glimpse of glory reminds us people are transformed only when they can see Jesus for who He is. As the Spirit lifts the veil that once enshrouded darkness, the light of the gospel of the glory of God shines forth upon us.
February 14, 2018 Three Little Words John 21
February 18, 2018 Have We Trials & Temptations? James 1
What purpose do trials and temptations serve? Would we be better off without them? Through the strength and promise of God who implants the word of truth in us, even unsought temptation can become a blessing.
January 7, 2018 Baptism is the Beginning Romans 6
Newness of life is not a turn of the calendar; it is the result of being joined directly and personally to Christ. Life in Christ begins in baptism which constantly repeats itself producing the necessary results of both death and life. These are gracious acts of God and integral to growing and becoming changed people.
January 14, 2018 Nathanael, Nazareth, & Newton John 1
The nature of the Gospel is an invitation to experience firsthand what life in Christ is all about: “Come and see.” Reason and observation are always appropriate, but curiosity is also a great dynamic for the disciple of Jesus. He always surprises us and challenges our preconceived notions.
January 21, 2018 Who Knows? Jonah 3
Do we believe in the power of the Law to bring about true repentance and the power of the Gospel to change lives? Rarely does it happen so swiftly as it did for Jonah, the runaway prophet. But when it does, it’s always cause for rejoicing. Yet Jonah, in his anger, must have missed the boat on the love of God for all people.
January 28, 2018 Galilee's Got Talent Mark 1
Jesus encounters a demon-possessed man and from this brief exchange Jesus’ identity and authority are affirmed. Christ was the Victor for this man, and Christ is the Victor for us. This conversation between good and evil reminds us humanity is in the midst of a spiritual battle that rages on still today.