Teens (Bible) – Part 1

We have taken as a theme for the 2020 year, “Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You Richly” from Colossians 3:16.  I preached an opening message to our church on this passage.  It was interesting to note that the word dwell in the text has the idea of taking residence.  This is what the… Read more »

Biblical Hospitality (Part 2)

Our understanding of hospitality is further developed in the New Testament.  Consider the familiar account of the Good Samaritan in Luke: “And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by… Read more »

Biblical Hospitality (Part 1)

“Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality” (Romans 12:13). “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the… Read more »

Shepherding God’s Flock: The Path to Restoration (Part 2)

Psalm 32:3-4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. In these verses, we see that David was trying to keep this sin “under wraps” and did not… Read more »

Shepherding God’s Flock: The Path to Restoration (Part 1)

One of my favorite Biblical descriptions of a pastor is shepherd, an analogy that   Scripture frequently uses.  For instance, Ezekiel 34 pictures those caring for a “flock of people” as shepherds.  Consider the following passage and notice the imagery: Ezekiel 34:1-8  And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy… Read more »

The Power of Words (Part 2)

Let’s consider another set of verses to further help in this area of the tongue. The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked (Proverbs 10:11). A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit (Proverbs 15:4). … Read more »

The Power of Words (Part 1)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21). Speech can be misunderstood.  Here are a few examples when translation became humorous.  These are signs in countries translated into English: 1. In a Denmark airline office:  “We take your bags and send… Read more »

Dangerous Decision Making (Part 3)

An Independent Study on Decision Making in the Bible. We have numerous examples of decision making in the Bible.  Please go through a few and then see if you can see some principles that seem to rise to the surface to help you as an individual in developing a Biblical approach to decision making. 1…. Read more »

Dangerous Decision Making (Part 2)

Difficult Decisions Sometimes more time and effort than normal must go into a decision.  We find this in the life of Abraham when he is being sent out of the country of Ur.  We find this in the life of Moses when he is being groomed to lead the children of Israel.  I would like… Read more »

Dangerous Decision Making (Part 1)

A farmer hired a man to work for him. He told him his first task was to paint the barn and that it should take him about three days to complete. But the hired man finished in one day.  Then, the farmer set him to cutting wood, telling him it would require about 4 days…. Read more »