Posts from August 2018

Posts from August 2018

john3.16

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD

In one of, if not the most popular passages of Scripture, we are told “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). What specifically do we learn about God’s love from John 3:16? First, we learn WHO God loves. John 3:16 says, “God so loved THE WORLD.” It is worth noting that John 3:16 does not say that God so loved Christians, God…
Euodia and Syntyche

PROBLEM SOLVER

If you’re looking for baby names, how about these two beauties: Euodiaand Syntyche. I know what you’re probably thinking: “I knew a Euodia in high school, and she was a total jerk.” But wouldn’t those names look absolutely fantastic on a monogrammed diaper bag or a Christmas stocking? You know they would. Seriously though, would you like to have been either Euodia or Syntyche when the letter to the Philippians was read out loudto the entire congregation for the first time?…

Intentional Launch

“To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10). Throughout the churches of Christ in the past few years, there has been a buzz word that has frequently risen in sermons, articles, bulletins, and pretty much every other different outlet or avenue… INTENTIONAL. Many of you reading this might have had an opportunity to hear this word from the pulpit or see it written…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 3)

Facing doubt is not a sin in and of itself. As long as you resolve the doubt, you have not sinned; however, if you give in to the doubt then you have sinned. So, whether or not doubt leads to sin has everything to do with how you handle it. This begs the question: how do you handle doubt in such a way so that you overcome it? To answer this question I encourage you to read about Jesus’ interaction…

Purpose for Launch

Someone once said, “He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any how.” The purpose behind someone defines their actions. For instance, if someone thinks that their purpose for being on this earth is to become a titan of industry or a millionaire, most likely their sole focus will be spent on gaining the education and skills to become one. If someone thinks that their purpose for being on this earth is to become the next great…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 2)

At times, faith is difficult because it requires the unseen to be greater than the seen, and since faith can be difficult, the opportunity for doubt arises. This begs the question: is it a sin to doubt? In an effort to answer this question, let us explore what the Bible has to say about doubt, and we begin by acknowledging that the presence of doubt is not uncommon during the faith development process. Since faith must be tested (James 1:2-4;…
Faith Mustard Seed

FAITH AND DOUBTS (PART 1)

The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). In other words, faith is deciding that what is unseen is greater than what is seen, but subscribing to such a mentality is easier said than done. More often than not, we sympathize with the father in Mark 9:17-24 who asked if Jesus could heal his demon possessed son. Jesus answered, “All things are possible for one who believes,” to which…
Faith and Works

FAITH AND WORKS

Do you realize how often we give and receive contrasting pieces of wisdom? Several popular proverbs in our culture are diametrically opposed to one another.   Some people say that “birds of a feather flock together,” but others claim that “opposites attract.” One saying contends that similarities bring people together while the other contends that differences bring people together. It has been said that “actions speak louder than words,” but it has also been said that “the pen is mightier…