Posts from March 2018

Posts from March 2018

Mark 1 | The Gospel In The Voice of God

 “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11  The first chapter of the Gospel of Mark is direct and straight to the point. We don’t read…

Titus 3 | Living The Regenerated Life of Renewal

Paul was instructing Titus on how he should pastor the Church in Crete. His instruction was consistent with his other letters to the churches. There is much to remind us of how we should live our lives. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:1-2  But Paul…

2 Tim. 4 | The Judge of the Living and the Dead

I once heard a life-coach say we should all have a five-year plan for our lives. I agree that it is good to think wisely about the future, but a five-year plan is not thinking far enough ahead. Adolph Hitler had a one-thousand-year plan, but even that fell short because it did not take into consideration God’s righteous judgment and eternal life. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul warns us to think in the light of eternity, and this is extremely practical,…

2 Tim. 2 | What Believers Need To Remember

Paul’s teachings to the early church congregations are immortal, bearing the truth of Jesus Christ through the ages until His return. Knowing the obstacles and struggles young Timothy would face, Paul gives his greatest fatherly encouragement and appeal in 2 Timothy 2. Before his discourse about being a worker approved by God, Paul reminds Timothy of the importance of remembering what he has learned. 2 Tim. 2: 8-10 say, “Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was…

I Tim. 3 | Character Builds

“An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach” (I Timothy 3:2, CSV). A good friend of mine, a brilliant Bible teacher, once made the statement, “What a man builds with his gift he destroys with his character.” That was uttered during a time when many well-known television evangelists and preachers were exposed for sexual misconduct, financial misgivings, and ill-treatment of staff. His point was that while many of these ministers were powerfully gifted individuals who built their entire ministries on their…

I Tim. 5 | May The Real Church Stand Up

In the book of 1 Timothy, Paul is writing in a fatherly way to his young protégé Timothy.  He has reminded him of the importance of watching out for false teachers and holding fast to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He also reiterates the value of prayer and the qualifications for those who would be leaders in the household of God. In chapter 4, Paul calls Timothy to live an exemplary Christian life so that those in his care…

Isaiah 65 | A Promise Preserved, A Salvation Secured

“I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name.” Isaiah 65:1 In the motion picture industry, many times screenwriters will start a movie by showing the current event that prepares the viewer to go back in time to see how we arrived at the…

The End of Sin

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth — Gog and Magog — to gather them for battle. In number, they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who…