Be Slow (James 1-3)

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20) I’m a hurried sort of person.  There’s always one more thing to do on my list and one more place to go… typically a place to which I am running about 5-10 ... [Continue Reading]

The Danger of Jealousy (Acts 13-14)

When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy.  They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him. (Acts 13:45) Jealousy is a powerful motivator, but it isn't a positive one.  More often than not, jealousy leads people to make foolish decisions because their hearts are twisted into believing that they deserve something that they don't ... [Continue Reading]

Who Gets The Glory? (Acts 11-12)

They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.”  Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. (Acts 12:22-23) Any time a leader becomes idolized by the people he or she is leading, that leader finds him or herself in a very dangerous position.  The danger is this: when we praise ... [Continue Reading]

Flashback: A U-Turn Life (Acts 9-10)

There are a lot of reasons why I believe that the resurrection of Jesus is an actual event that took place, and one of those is the conversion of Saul.  In order to understand the significance of the change of heart that took place in Saul’s life you have to understand his background.  Saul was a Pharisee who had been trained rigorously in Judaism.  Not only was he a ... [Continue Reading]

It’s Epic (Acts 7-8)

To this [Stephen] replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham... (Acts 7:2a) Epic is a funny word that gained popularity several years ago.  When I worked with teens on a regular basis, I began hearing “it will be epic” or “that’s so epic.”  What’s funny is that those “epic” things they referred to really weren’t that ... [Continue Reading]

Fighting God (Acts 5-6)

Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone!  Let them go!  For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.  But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts 5:38-39) There are people, who with good intentions, end up opposing God.  It’s a scary thought, ... [Continue Reading]

How Bold Are You? (Acts 3-4)

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (Acts 4:29) What you do in the face of opposition speaks significantly of what you believe.  People who are uncommitted to a belief system rarely stand up for what they believe when pressure comes because they don't want to face pain or difficulty from something they're not ... [Continue Reading]

Flashback: It’s An Event (Acts 1-2)

But God raised [Jesus] from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. (Acts 2:24) Some people claim that only the ignorant put their faith in God and believe in Christianity.  From my perspective, it’s the opposite.  Consider the situation: a guy named Jesus was walking the earth, claiming to be the Son of ... [Continue Reading]

He Knows Your Name (John 20-21)

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”  She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). (John 20:16) God knows you intimately; he knit you together from the start.  He knows the number of hairs on your head, and he knows the things from your past that bring you shame.  Because he breathed you into existence, it makes sense that, when he speaks your ... [Continue Reading]

Malarkey (Luke 24)

But [the disciples] did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. (Luke 24:11) If you grew up going to church, then for you, it's probably somewhat assumed and accepted that Jesus died and rose again.  After all, we tend to believe the things that we're taught from a young age without giving them a lot of thought.  However, the idea that ... [Continue Reading]