Posts from September 2017

Posts from September 2017

Ephs. 4 | Building Up in Love

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 As human beings, we love to build things. In the construction industry, (I work in construction materials), I see it every…
Neil Silverberg

Ephesians 1 | Why We Are Trinitarian

Opponents of the New Testament doctrine of the Trinity point out the word (trinity) is not found anywhere in the Bible. While that is true, the concept is found in almost every book. The term was created to describe a biblical idea: the God of both the Old and New Testament is comprised of three glorious persons, each of who make up the blessed triune Godhead. Christian scholars and teachers argued long and hard over the first three centuries to…

Galatians 5 | Has Anyone Hindered You?

“You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?”   Galatians 5:7 In an NFL football game on Thanksgiving Day, 2013, a strange event happened that would go down as one of the most bizarre plays in NFL history. The Pittsburgh Steelers were playing the Baltimore Ravens in the Thanksgiving Day evening game. It was midway through the third quarter and the Steelers trailed 13-6. Pittsburgh kicked off to the Ravens and the Ravens kickoff return specialist Jacoby…

Counting the Cost

In a small village located in Colombia’s Pacific coast jungle, we awaited the arrival of a king. Our team’s excitement could not be denied that God had chosen us to preach the gospel for the first time in history to the Epena Pedee tribe. But, the tribe had a king. He sent us a message saying they had enough gods already and we were not welcome. We went anyway. When the king arrived, his countenance revealed he was not happy.…

Acts 28 | Shipwrecked & Snake Bit, But God Isn’t Finished Yet!

Paul was a man who knew what it was like to experience hardship. In those difficult moments, Paul could, in good conscience, exhort his son in the faith, Timothy, to endure hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ. In the last few chapters of Acts, we read the story of a plot by the Jews to kill Paul. Made aware of the evil scheme, Paul appealed to Caesar in order to avoid sure death. Taken on a prison boat,…

Acts 25 | It Is A Problem For The Dead That Jesus Lives!

In Acts 25, Luke records Paul went before the courts of Festus and Agrippa. We also learn the Jewish religious leaders were pressing charges and asked Festus to condemn Paul. However, Festus refused to do so without cause or without a trial. He even goes as far as to say the accusations were not what he expected. The religious leaders’ accusations were “something about their religion and a dead man named Jesus.” I would not expect that either. Religious matters…

Acts 23 | Looking for a Ride to Rome

Our reading today provides an example of how God uses the events of our lives to accomplish his purposes, even when “what we’re going through” at the time often makes no sense to us at all. It’s no secret Paul held a great desire to visit Rome and preach the gospel (Rom. 15:22-24). Yet, no matter how hard he tried, it just never seemed to work out. As we have read in Acts 19:21-22, Paul once again made these same…

Acts 20 | To Boldly Go!

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). “…and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19). What comes to mind when you hear the words “To boldly…

Acts 18 | Learn It, Like Ya’ Gotta’ Teach It

First, let’s begin with a little background. Chapter 18 opens with the Apostle Paul leaving Athens and arriving in Corinth. There he meets a man named Aquila who is new in town; he and his wife, Priscilla opened a shop that makes tents. They hire Paul who works with them for some time. We don’t know for certain whether or not they were Christians before meeting Paul, but they certainly became believers while Paul was with them. Clearly, Aquila and…