Posts by Guest Contributor

Posts by Guest Contributor

James 2 | Judgment, Mercy, And Faith

As I read James 2, I am reminded of our Lord’s words to the Pharisees in Matthew 23: 23. “For you… have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done…” James is instructing rather than condemning here, but he reaches right to the heart of Christianity. James deals with our propensity to judge one person more worthy than another as we walk through our daily lives. We don’t view people…

Hebrews 13 | Come And Eat

“We have an altar from which those who minister at the earthly tabernacle have no right to eat.” Hebrews 13:10 Several years ago, I heard a sermon where the Pastor spoke about the difference between the Old and New Covenants. He explained it like this:  The Old Covenant was an agreement between God and a nation. The conditions of the covenant depended on whether the Israelites continued to obey the law or disobeyed. Deuteronomy 28 promises blessings for obedience and…

Hebrews 11 | The Hall of Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1 This year, Protestants around the world celebrated the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. Many of you may have read posts on social media quoting the five Solas that well summarize the work of Christ to redeems us. One of the five Solas is ‘Sola Fide’, in faith alone. It’s only by ‘faith alone’ (the object of our faith is Jesus Christ) that…

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…

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…

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…

Love, Prayer And Support

After we tore ourselves away from them and set sail… – Acts 21:1 When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home. – Acts 21:5-6 While visiting a tribe in the southwest jungle of Colombia, we found…

KNOWING, Not Knowing Of

In conversations with various people throughout the years, I have been asked if I know some particular person. I most often answer that I do not. But, on some occasions, I have answered that I “know of” them. Usually, that means that while I never have actually met the person, I have learned some things about the person from friends of mine that do know them. I really don’t know the person, and undoubtedly the person in question doesn’t know…

Acts 9 | Blinded By The Light

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”  Acts 9:15-16 Last year you may remember all the hype and excitement about the eclipse. Everyone was selling “eclipse approved” eye shields so we could look directly at the sun and see the movement of…