Responses to Questions: Part 16

Responses to Questions: Part 16

Responding to this question: “If prophets and patriarchs were in direct contact with God or in their dreams, why does the church believe that God is no longer talking to man like He had done throughout history?”

If I Only Had... (Genesis 29:15-35)

If I Only Had... (Genesis 29:15-35)

Three companions of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” each have their own “If I only had…” song. If we’re paying attention to the narrative of Genesis 29-30, three characters also emerge with their own “If I only had…” song. So what does Jacob have his heart set on? What about Leah? And what about Rachel? And why do all of them end up in profound disappointment?

An Inner Spring (Isaiah 41:17-20)

An Inner Spring (Isaiah 41:17-20)

God provided water in the desert for Israel. Several Old Testament texts use the image of water to convey the promise of another event where God would provide water for those who are thirsty. So what does this have to do with Jesus? And with the Holy Spirit?

Applying Ephesians 4 to Your Marriage (Ephesians 4:17-32)

Applying Ephesians 4 to Your Marriage (Ephesians 4:17-32)

Though Ephesians 5 directly addresses husbands and wives, the principles of the previous chapter - intended for all relationships - are necessary for a Christ-centered marriage. We explore 5 principles which we should be applying to our marriages.

War Against the Darkness 5: "Gods" and Demons

War Against the Darkness 5: "Gods" and Demons

Returning to our series on spiritual warfare, we examine the work of demons (or unclean spirits) in the Bible. Where did they come from? What powers do they have? And how may they be connected to the “gods” of the nations?

Identity, Ethics, and Mission (1 Peter 2:9-12)

Identity, Ethics, and Mission (1 Peter 2:9-12)

1 Peter 2 walks us through answers to a progression of questions: Who are we? How did we become who we are? How will this identity play out in our daily life? How will we impact others?

Truth, Love, and Brotherly Acceptance (3 John 1:1-15)

Truth, Love, and Brotherly Acceptance (3 John 1:1-15)

3 John is one of the short and often overlooked books. But it tells us a lot about our interactions with brothers and sisters beyond the local congregation. We find some models of love, truth, and support of those beyond “the locals.” And we also find an example of a dangerous mindset - that of Diotrephes.