Posts by Guest Contributor (Page 2)

Posts by Guest Contributor (Page 2)

1 Cor. 14 | You Said What?

“Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.”  1Corinthians 14:1-4  In a small village…

I Cor. 6 | So You Want to Get a Tattoo

“Everything is permissible for me–but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me–but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Cor. 6:12 Several years ago I was attending a church where the pastor was a very solid, grace-filled Reformed theologian. One day (I don’t remember what the occasion was) someone asked him a question about the difference between the Old and New Covenants. The man said that back in the Old Covenant people weren’t allowed to get tattoos…

I Cor. 2 | Don’t Reason, Know!

How do we know what we know? How can human beings know genuine truth? That seems to be a challenge today. Everything that humans touch seems to get polluted. News may be phony. Scientific fact may be politically manipulated falsehoods or just plain wrong conclusions from incomplete data. So, how can we ever come to any real understanding of truth? As much as finding truth may appear to be a 21st-century problem, it isn’t. Paul discusses an aspect of this…

I Cor. 1 | Good Gifts Gone Sour?

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,  even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is…

Romans 16 | Closing Credits

“I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,” Romans 15:30  Many of us enjoy a good movie, and some of you may even hang around to read the closing credits to learn the names of the supporting cast. We may look for familiar names of people and places that helped make the movie great. In Romans Chapter 16,…

Romans 4 | The New Covenant; It’s Older Than You Think!

“The words, ‘It was credited to him’ were not written for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” Romans 4: 23-24 NIV Romans is unique among the New Testament epistles in that Paul is mainly concerned with presenting New Covenant theology. After making the case in Romans 1-3, that the righteousness of the saints is by faith in Christ alone, Paul, shows…

I Peter 4 | For The Love of Suffering

Is joyful suffering even possible? After 25 years, Jesus took my love and my best friend home with him. Now, mowing the lawn is back on my chore list. I was doing the first seasonal mow. Naturally, I thought about Kevin. At that moment, painful memories became a deluge through the corridors of my soul. Sorrow gripped my heart. I questioned God’s fairness. The afternoon sun dipped beyond the trees. Then, over the noise of the mower and my selfish…

Mark 16 | The Grave Could Not Hold Him

“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:6 It has only been a couple weeks since Christians all around the world celebrated the most climatic event ever, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No other event has ever changed and shaped history as the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. No wonder…

Mark 13 | God’s Commands for The Last Days

“…When will these things be…?” Christ’s disciples asked when Jesus spoke of the impending destruction of the temple (Mark 13: 1-4). The disciples knew something bad of epic proportions was coming if the temple of God would end in obliteration. The disciples’ concerns mounted as they sought to know the timing of this cataclysmic event. Maybe the disciples were content with the response Jesus gave. However, I found His explanation left my head spinning with new questions. Jesus talks about…

Mark 11 | Unbelief Is A No-Win!

Many years ago, I had a conversation with a man who was an adamant atheist. Somehow it had come up that I was a Christian. He ranted about how people who believe in that “Jesus nonsense” are complete fools, and you have to have completely lost your mind to trust in such a silly fairy tale. In the course of the conversation, I told him about what my life had been like before I became a follower of Christ and…