A Great Responsibility (Romans 8-10)

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14) It might be argued that the most important thing about a person is what he or she does with and believes about Jesus.  The early Church thought this was so important that ... [Continue Reading]

A New Master (Romans 4-7)

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14) I'll never forget my first official job.  I was a soda jerk.  Working at a local cafe, my job was to serve food and dip ice cream.  I'll never forget the experience because of the person I worked for.  Generally, the owner was a nice man who had a desire for ... [Continue Reading]

Bragging Rights (2 Corinthians 10-13)

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. (2 Corinthians 11:30) It’s funny how much we like to have bragging rights.  Life is a comparison, and we’re really good at looking at one another and trying to outdo each other.  Whether in a sport, in academics, or in a board game, we like to let everyone know when we are the winners. When I was living ... [Continue Reading]

What If? (1 Corinthians 15-16)

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5) What if Jesus didn’t live, die, and come back to life?  What if this whole Jesus thing ... [Continue Reading]

Get Out of the Way! (Acts 15-16)

“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” (Acts 15:19) There has always been a tension in the church between grace and truth.  In reality, such a tension shouldn’t even exist.  Too often we think that we need 50% grace and 50% truth, but Jesus, the embodiment of both, was 100% of each.  He was all grace ... [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]

Go (Matthew 28)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and gave them what we refer to as “The Great ... [Continue Reading]