Posts by Scott Wiens

Posts by Scott Wiens

Philippians 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…

Galatians 5 | Has Anyone Hindered You?

“You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?” Galatians 5:7 In an NFL football game on Thanksgiving Day, 2013, a strange event happened that would go down as one of the most bizarre plays in NFL history. The Pittsburgh Steelers were playing the Baltimore Ravens in the Thanksgiving Day evening game. It was midway through the third quarter and the Steelers trailed 13-6. Pittsburgh kicked off to the Ravens and the Ravens kickoff return specialist Jacoby Jones fielded…

Acts 26 | Do You Want Everyone To Have What You Have?

“Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Acts 26:28-29    Our daughter Jessica is one of the kindest people I know, and I’m not saying that because I’m her father or because of her Autism.…

Acts 15 | Conflicts in the Church

If you don’t like conflict, then please don’t read Acts 15! I’m only half joking but seriously, within the verses of this chapter we see two major conflicts. First we have conflict in Antioch between Paul and Barnabas and the church brothers from Jerusalem who came into town preaching the necessity of circumcision for the new Gentile believers. Second, in the later verses of Chapter 15, we see the conflict between Paul and Barnabas over Mark and whether he should…

Acts 11 | …”And Don’t Call Me Shirley”

Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story:   “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance, I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds. Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’…

Luke 22 | “And When You Have Turned Back…”

Oh, there are great riches to discover in Luke 22! The physician Luke records in great detail bountiful truth and intimate moments with Jesus. It is almost a shame to have to focus on one part of this chapter, but while reading this passage something jumped out at me that I had never really grasped before. What caught my attention is what Jesus said to Peter after they had taken the Lord’s Supper. Consider the dimly lit room and the…

Luke 9 | Do We Really Know the Cost of Following Jesus?

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go…

2 Corinthians 11 | Don’t Mess With My Church

“But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work is just like ours. These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end, they will get the punishment their…

2 Corinthians 5 | Looking for Relief?

There is a classic story told by the late comedian Jerry Clower about an evening raccoon hunt in Mississippi. In the story, Jerry and his friends were coon hunting one evening and their hound dogs treed what they all thought was a raccoon. One of the men named John climbed into the tree with a long-pointed stick with the intent of knocking the coon out of the tree so it could be dispatched of by the hunters below. To his…

1 Corinthians 9 | What Are Your Demands?

Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings. In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it. Yet I have never used any of these rights. And I am not writing this to suggest that I want to start now.…