Posts from September 2016

Posts from September 2016

The Mystery Revealed | Ephesians 3

Barry Cochran We all love a good mystery story!  I remember in elementary school my friends and I were all caught up in the Hardy Boys books (the young ladies enjoyed Nancy Drew). We would read these books and then swap books with each other when we finished. The intriguing part of reading these mystery novels was trying to figure out the mystery. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, there were many TV shows about detectives solving mysteries. You…

Never Give Up!

Eleven long years had gone by since the Vols of Tennessee had beaten the Florida Gators. Some years the score was completely lopsided. However, in the last two seasons just to add insult to injury; the Vols. lost the game by a single point. You would have thought after all of these years fewer and fewer UT fans would have shown up for this particular game each season thinking there was no hope of victory. But that wasn’t the case.…
Neil Silverberg

Abba Father | Galatians 4

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:4-7). In this part of…

Galatians 1: Gospel ADHD

On our recent trip to Europe, we realized something profound about the gospel; it is dangerously easy to get sidetracked from the good news of Jesus and fall into a performance-based, religious mindset that completely subverts the gospel. This is true for countries, for churches, and for individuals. The three countries we visited, Poland, Ukraine, and France, have each been exposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ for well over a thousand years. When you look at a map showing…

Acts 27 | How To Handle A Crisis

It seems every so often the news reports tell about a cruise liner that ends up with its passengers stranded without power or food and water out on the open sea. Or, some safety issue ends up with the loss of someone’s life. You may remember the headline back in 2013 when one such ship was left adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. It read, “Carnival Cruise Passengers ‘Blessed’ to Finally Be Home After 5 Days Without Power” after being…

That’s My Story And I’m Sticking To It

Last Sunday at TCC, I had the privilege of sharing a very personal story about how I learned to walk in forgiveness toward my Dad. It was an extremely difficult thing to do but I knew that was what God was asking of me. I realized it would put me at risk for some to think less of me because of the struggle I had in the process, but I also knew that God could use it tremendously to help…

Some Things Never Change And That Is Good News! | Acts 17

Let me begin by saying the 17th chapter of Acts is a little intimidating to me. So much is happening so fast, as well as setting the tone for things to come. It gives me a new respect for the followers of Christ at that time for two reasons. First, their lives were on the line, meaning every word they spoke could have landed them in prison or worse. Secondly, they had no Pocket New Testament to leaf through for guidance,…