Does God ever approve of us using deception? Does God Himself ever use deception? And if there’s a yes to either of those, how do we reconcile that with the command not to bear false witness? Do we have inconsistencies here?
Imagine Cinderella did not end w/ “Happily Ever After.” Imagine Cinderella, after being married to the finest man in her world and receiving the finest clothing, jewelry, and food, taking all the gifts from her husband and using them to pay other lovers as she chases after them. The story would shock us. Yet that ending would approach the twist in an even more gut-wrenching story in Ezekiel 16. And here’s the ultimate twist: this is your story, my story, our story.
Do you have some dirt in your family tree? Did you have any troubling childhood experiences? Do you feel doomed to follow in the footsteps of the worst vices of your parents? Matthew’s Gospel presents us with a “Genesis” of the human Jesus, and it’s full of scandal, trauma, and shame.
We often skim through the greeting of a letter to get to the “meat.” But the greeting of Philippians 1 sets up the rest of the book. It’s a powerful example of Fellowship-Based-Encouragement. We briefly hit 10 principles of encouraging fellow Christians by walking through this text.
How do you explain Genesis 6:3 that says the lifetime of man will be 120 years when Noah lived to be 950 and even later Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others all lived many years more than 120? It seems that the 120 restriction wasn’t put into effect until the time of Moses.
I believe in 1945 95% of the people believed and called on the name God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I believe in 2018 40% of the people believed and called on the name of God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. What changed? The Lord is the same today, tomorrow, and forever. What changed?
Can you expound on our responsibility to orphans and widows as stated in James 1:27?
Most of our pray for our families. But the biblical idea of “blessing” goes deeper. We explore Jacob’s blessing of his adult son Joseph to see if we can apply some principles in our relationships with sons and daughters of all ages.
Perhaps we’ve been unfair to Thomas. Thomas is not so different from the rest of the apostles. He just desired the experience of sense verification which they received first. But there are some powerful lessons here about the role of doubt in the journey of faith. In this sermon, we use 3 accounts of Thomas in John’s Gospel to discuss outlook, courage, uncertainty, skepticism, and faith.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 presents us with 2 trios - one describing what we have (Wisdom, Might, and Riches), one describing what we should do with what we have (Steadfast Love, Justice, and Righteousness). We take a deep dive into the terms used and what it means to know God.
As part of our series of looking at how each Bible book points to Jesus, we focus on 2 themes in Jeremiah:
Each of the instruments used to inflict wounds into the flesh of Jesus - the scourge, the thorns, the nails, and the spear - demonstrate the brokenness of the world. We reflect on how Jesus is carrying the wounds of the world in His wounds.