Posts by Scott Wiens

Posts by Scott Wiens

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…

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 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.’…

II Cor. 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…

I Cor. 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.…

Romans 14 | Who Is Your Grand Poobah?

 “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end, Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” Romans 14:8-9   For those of us old enough to remember the Flintstones cartoon created by Hanna-Barbera, you may recall that Fred was a member of the…

2 Peter 1 | Superheroes? Who Needs Them!

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. II Peter 1:3-4 The new Avengers movie is out, and apparently, it is as action-packed as the others. My…

Mark 8 | Let’s Try That Again!

 “And he looked up and said, ‘I see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again, and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” Mark 8:24-25  Recently Neil Silverberg asked a group of us to help him with the music he did for the Seder at TCC. One of the songs had a drum introduction which unfortunately was both simple and hard because of how it…

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…