Posts by Tyler Lynde

Posts by Tyler Lynde

Acts 18 | The More Excellent Way

As Paul wrapped up his 2nd missionary journey, he met up with Aquila and Priscilla. This husband and wife were Italian Jews who had been sent away from Rome by Claudius along with all other Jewish people. His reason for doing this was probably because of the disturbance among the Jews based on whether Jesus was the Messiah or not. After encountering Paul, Aquila and Priscilla invited him to come and stay in their home with them. They were tentmakers…

II Corinthians 13 | Testing 1…2…3…

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. 2 Cor. 13:5-6 Paul, at times, seems to have a love-hate relationship with the church at Corinth. He was mightily used of God to establish this church, and he continued to have a…

Romans 2 | I Know What You Did Last

And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. Romans 2:16 During House Church Sunday last week, we went around the circle, and each one mentioned ways they currently developed disciples or possible new opportunities the Lord might stir within them. When it came around to my son Levi, he smiled widely and said, “I’m going to start a Bible study with the kids in my neighborhood.” Ben…

Mark 6 | Don’t Be Hangry, Trust in God

When I was a child living in Wyoming, my family went through a particularly hard time. My dad was a pastor of a small church that had recently grown smaller because he had refused to compromise on preaching truth. Needless to say, during this season our finances were virtually nonexistent and our cupboards were bare. We had two pot pies left in the bottom of the freezer and my mom cooked them for my brother and I. We were so…

I Tim. 5 | May The Real Church Stand Up

In the book of 1 Timothy, Paul is writing in a fatherly way to his young protégé Timothy.  He has reminded him of the importance of watching out for false teachers and holding fast to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He also reiterates the value of prayer and the qualifications for those who would be leaders in the household of God. In chapter 4, Paul calls Timothy to live an exemplary Christian life so that those in his care…

Rev. 11 | They’re Only Mostly Dead!

In the iconic movie, The Princess Bride, the central character, Wesley, (the good guy), is tortured unjustly until it appears he dies. When his friends find him, they take him to Miracle Max to ask if he can be brought back to life. Played brilliantly by Billy Crystal, Max tells them Wesley isn’t dead but is only mostly dead. He then proceeds to use billows made for a fireplace on Wesley. In the end, he recovers from his condition so…

John 20 | Real Life

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. I have a friend that loves to use the phrase, “Real life”, when referring to Big things that have occurred. I love to hear him say this and I have even tried to use it myself thinking it…

Hebrews 12 | Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:1-2 I grew up…

1 Thess. 2 | Why Am I Not Persecuted?

One of Paul’s first letters was written to the Thessalonians. He celebrates a flourishing Church where believers are standing strong in their commitment to Jesus despite persecution and suffering. Following Jesus has always produced a truly counter-cultural holy way of life that will sometimes generate suspicion and conflict among unbelievers. Followers of Christ response to such hostility should always be with love, and they should meet opposition with grace and generosity. Throughout 1 Thessalonians, we see how the Thessalonian Church…

Acts 28 | Shipwrecked & Snake Bit, But God Isn’t Finished Yet!

Paul was a man who knew what it was like to experience hardship. In those difficult moments, Paul could, in good conscience, exhort his son in the faith, Timothy, to endure hardship like a good soldier of Jesus Christ. In the last few chapters of Acts, we read the story of a plot by the Jews to kill Paul. Made aware of the evil scheme, Paul appealed to Caesar in order to avoid sure death. Taken on a prison boat,…