Posts from October 2018

Posts from October 2018

Hebrews 5 | Better

You may not realize it, but you may need an upgrade. You are reading this blog on a phone or a computer which runs on an operating system. Chances are, you have had to update the system many times over the years. The idea is that the old system has flaws and can’t run the apps and software that you want to run as smoothly as the new one, so you need the upgrade. That is roughly the idea of…

II Thess. 3 | The Lost Art of Church Discipline

“If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother” II Thessalonians, 3:14-15  Paul’s instructions at the end of the Thessalonians epistles stands out as strange in light of today’s modern church experience. Most of us have never been in a church where this was even taught, let alone…

Hebrews 1 | The Rest Of The Story

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. – Hebrews 1:1-2 Paul Harvey was an American radio broadcaster from 1952 through 2008. His programs reached millions of people a week. He was famous for a segment called The Rest of the Story, which…

I Thess. 3 | When In Distress, Send The Best!

“Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith,” 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Many years ago I interviewed with a manager from another department within the company where I work. One of his selling points for the position was that he sought an individual to mentor as his successor. As…

I Thess. 2 | You Can Say It when You Show It

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thess. 2:8 One of the things that I am becoming more and more convinced of is that if the world is to be reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ those who say it must also show it. What I mean by that is I feel in…

Col. 4 | Relational Evangelism

As Paul brings his letter to the Colossians to a close, he gives them a few last Godly reminders along with honorable mentions of the people working with him. Paul asks for prayers on his behalf that he would be provided with opportunities to continue to preach the gospel even as he is imprisoned for doing so. Paul, in the same context, then tells the believers in Colossi to “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the…

Col. 2 | Ritual or Reality?

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17 This letter opposed…

Phil. 2 | An Iron Man For God

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed— not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence— continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13    The Avengers comics and movies have been huge box office hits. We love watching these superheroes save the day against evil. It is a storyline we…

Phil. 1 | I’m In Prison And It’s Awesome

“Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.” Philippians 1: 12-14 As I was preparing to write this blog, I was…