Posts from April 2017

Posts from April 2017

1 Peter 5 | How To Be Humble And Proud Of It!

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God…

1 Peter 2 | An Undeniable Hope

The second chapter of 1st Peter is so rich with information about who we are and who this God we serve is; a mere blog could never do it justice. It covers a handful of major doctrines in a way that is so encouraging and at the same time is overwhelming. The letter is timely in that Peter is writing to an audience that is both confused and persecuted. They need answers! The good news is Peter literally serves as…
Neil Silverberg

He Is Glorified! (The Reason We Preach)

“Then after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the accompanying signs” (Mark 16:19-20). Each of the four Gospels contain an account of Jesus Christ’s resurrection since it is arguably the most important event affirming the truth of his claim to be God’s Son. But what often gets lost is…

Mark 13 | The Time Is Now

” …what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” (Mark 13.37) As a young man in my early 20’s, I recall daydreaming about what I’d be doing in my 40’s and 50’s and thinking about what life would be like in the 21st century. I could only picture being in ministry in what I felt would be the most momentous time in history and playing my little part in God’s plan. What I couldn’t picture then was…

Mark 8 | Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ” (Mark 8: 27-29). As we enter in to Holy Week, there is really one question to…

Mark 6:7-13 | A Blueprint To Follow

This passage is a blueprint that the church still uses to this very day. It deals with Jesus experiment to send out his 12 apostles and his instructions to follow. When I say “experiment”, I am not referring to Jesus trying an idea to see if it works but more along the lines of “for their benefit”. Jesus had a limited amount of time to transform a rag tag group into the genesis of what would become the first century…
Neil Silverberg

Would You Leave the Multitudes?

“And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. He appointed the twelve” (Mark 3:13-16). It is possible to read this section of Mark’s Gospel and miss the real point. This is Mark’s account of Jesus’ selection of…