Posts from November 2017

Posts from November 2017

Matt. 5 | Choosing to Walk The Hard Path

What is the meaning of life? We humans seem to be hard-wired to ask questions like this. What is the best possible kind of life? What is right and wrong? What is the best moral system? For thousands of years, thinking men and women have had these kinds of nagging thoughts, and for good reason: they draw us to something beyond ourselves, and they profoundly affect the way we live our lives. In the fifth chapter of the gospel of…

Matthew 3 | Prepare the Way

“A Voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him” (Matt. 3:3). The Old Testament begins with the beautiful account of the creation and then very quickly turns sad as we read that sin entered the world by the 3rd chapter of Genesis. Along with the curse, God also gives us a promise that one day he would break the curse: “…he will crush your head and you will strike his heel”…

James | How to be Perfect!

In November of last year, a historic and deadly fire swept through thousands of acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the town of Gatlinburg. The fire, which torched thousands of homes, businesses, and land, caused the evacuation of at 14,000 residents and claimed at least 14 lives. The cause? Two local teens playing with matches while hiking in the Chimney Top area. That day, the two boys were throwing matching to the side of the trail and…

James | A Portrait of the Redeemed Life

The epistle of James has often been referred to as the “Proverbs of the New Testament”. It’s a fair description because this epistle contains a wealth of wisdom and thought about godly living. It is easy to misinterpret the book of James because, on the surface, he seems to be advocating justification by works. If this book is approached from the perspective of law keeping, then it is simply a list of “do’s and don’ts”. If, however, it is approached from…

The Double-Minded Doubter

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you   But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8   Let me…

Hebrews 12 | Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:1-2 I grew up…

Hebrews 9 | Clearing Your Conscience

When reading a book like Hebrews, it is very important not to let the chapter divisions break the flow of the text. Hebrews was written as one communication, and at times the chapter divisions can interrupt the train of thought. This is never clearer than when reading chapters 5-10. This entire section of scripture is best understood when read together and, when that is done, a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ as our high priest begins not only to appear…

Hebrews 7 | High Priest Forever

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20 Many of us have spent time in dentist offices getting repairs done to our teeth. We don’t realize how much we need our teeth until we start losing them! I recently cracked a tooth…