Tag Archives: James

Going Deeper: The LORD Knows – 1 Samuel 16:6-7

Have you ever faced a moment when you didn’t have all the facts? God hasn’t. Can you read minds? God can. Do you have perfect understanding of the past, present and future? God does. The truth is that our perspective is limited, but we can trust that God knows and understands all things. Realizing the […]

Articles of Faith: Perseverance

Last week we touched upon the Glorification of the saints that is best viewed as the welling up of the Holy Spirit to empower the children of God to be more Christ-like.  One of the major ways this happens is through perseverance under persecution for righteousness.  When we join Christ in yielding to God the […]

Articles of Faith: God

To the faithful, God’s existence is not only essential for salvation, it is obvious in the world around us and the heavens above.  Creation is simply to vast, complex and marvelously orderly to be explained without a divine Creator.  Yet, the Scriptures say that the fool says, “There is no God.” When I was in […]

Articles of Faith: The Word of God, Pt 2

How and why can we trust the Bible to be true?  Certainly faith in God’s divine love are crucial to this trust, but the Lord has given us a book that is vast in historical scope and yet internally consistent, verifiable and confirmed by external sources.  Yet without the moving of the Holy Spirit, no […]

Articles of Faith: The Word of God, Pt 1

God’s disciples are commanded to study and meditate upon God’s Word.  Furthermore, we are told to share this Word with others, our families, friends, even strangers.  So how do we know who to speak with?  Is it everyone?  Anyone?  As with all things pertaining to faith and practice, the Bible tells. While the Gospel is […]

Commandments of Jesus, Part VII: Matthew 5:33-37

This week’s lesson takes on the importance of oath keeping and avoiding them where possible.  What may seem like an odd topic for Jesus to address fits right in with the previous messages of anger and adultery because our commitments or our failure to keep them impact not only ourselves but many others around us.  […]

Commandments of Jesus, Part VI: Matthew 5:27-28

Adultery and the broader sin of fornication are so destructive that nations have been torn apart over it. Not only is sexual sin personally harmful, it undermines the family and corrodes the moral fiber of the church and society as a whole. The disturbing accessibility of pornography demonstrates this problem with massive amounts of internet […]

Commandments of Jesus, Part V: Jonah 4:4

Anger is like fire, and fire can be dangerous to others and ourselves when improperly handled.  Continuing on from last week, we consider how Christians aught to handle anger toward others.  While passion has wonderful, and at times anger plays a part in that passion, it must be tempered with love.  Furthermore, we must be […]

The Pharisee and the Publican – Luke 18:9-14

This week’s lesson covers the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (a.k.a. the Pharisee and the Tax Collector). As you probably know, the Pharisees were the religious elite of first century Israel. While the exact origin of this sect is unclear, we know that they were chiefly co concerned with adherence to the Mosaic […]

The Humble Guest – Luke 14:7-11

This week we are tackling the often unpleasant topic of humility. A wonderful virtue, humility is often not lauded today. The Parable of the Humble Guest teaches us to avoid the embarrassment of pride by hu humbling ourselves. Join us tonight or follow along with the lesson as we explore this and related passages as […]