Trinity Talk (Page 30)

Trinity Talk (Page 30)

Neil Silverberg

Who Does God Swear By?

“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself” Hebrews 6:13 Here’s a funny question: When God swears, whom does he swear by? We know when people swear an oath they almost always do so by swearing to God. For example, when people are sworn in as witnesses in a court of law they are asked to put their hand on the Bible and ‘swear to God that…

Hebrews 3-4 | Work Hard at Resting

You have probably heard the old adage: “work smarter, not harder”. The idea is that it isn’t really hard work that pays off but making sure we are working hard at the right things. Amazingly, God tells believers in Christ that we should put our greatest effort into resting!  How in the world do we do that? The book of Hebrews is all about how Jesus is better: he is better than the angels, he is a better mediator, and a…

Never Give Up!

Eleven long years had gone by since the Vols of Tennessee had beaten the Florida Gators. Some years the score was completely lopsided. However, in the last two seasons just to add insult to injury; the Vols. lost the game by a single point. You would have thought after all of these years fewer and fewer UT fans would have shown up for this particular game each season thinking there was no hope of victory. But that wasn’t the case.…

GPS – God’s Positioning System

Do you remember when you first used a GPS? I have had several jobs throughout the years where it was important to know where you were going and how to get there in the fastest way possible. I have delivered pizzas and the mail, as well as worked in real estate. In all of these jobs, when it came to beginning to use the GPS, the hardest thing for me to overcome was my mindset; I thought I already knew…

K.I.S.S.

When I was a teenager there was a group of ministers who traveled around for the sole purpose of convincing people that listening to rock music was very sinful and would probably send you to hell. I’m not even kidding. I remember, in particular, they had real issues with the group Kiss. I don’t know if it was the outrageous makeup, the wild outfits or Gene Simmons’ tongue, but they were definitely on the “Do Not Listen” list. There were…
Neil Silverberg

Proving Your Calling

“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall” (II Peter 1:10). The doctrine of election is admittedly one of the most difficult doctrines in the entire Bible to understand. That being the case, many have simply chosen to ignore it entirely, pretending that it doesn’t exist. Others have gone the route of minimizing it by giving it less weight than Scripture does. Nevertheless, it appears…

1 Peter 4 | Sign Me Up for Suffering

Many years ago I worked in a warehouse in North Carolina. The man who was the boss was a member of the church where I pastored and so I went into this job, as I have with every job I’ve held, with an understanding I would need to represent the Lord and my boss well in order to maintain my witness. What I soon discovered was rather amazing. Throughout the whole operation, there was an attitude by the workers that…

Mark 3 | Breaking With Tradition

Our focus in today’s reading of Mark 3 is on verses 1-6 – the healing of “a man with a withered hand”. This is the last in a series of five stories that extends from Mark 2.1-3-6, all designed to demonstrate Jesus’ authority: He teaches with authority (1.22, 27), commands obedience from demonic powers (1.28), forgives sins (2.1-12), eats with the “riff-raff” tax collectors and sinners (2.13-17), ignores religious expectations about fasting (2.18-22), and side-steps respected Jewish tradition regarding healing…

John 14 | We Do Not Have to Worry!

Jesus words in John 14, “Do not let your heart be troubled…” have brought great comfort to Christians through the ages.  But there is a good reason Jesus told his disciples this. Sitting in that upper room, there was a lot to be troubled by. The crescendo of opposition against Jesus from the religious leaders was growing to a fever pitch. They were out to get Jesus, and everyone knew it. In fact, Jesus had just predicted his own death. He had just spoken…

1 John 5 | Idols Unaware

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21) A trip to India will cause you to reassess things in your life. On my recent trip, it was very difficult to acclimate to the spiritual, cultural and literal climate. But undoubtedly the most unexpected aspect about the culture is that blatant, daily and literal idolatry that is a normal part of every day life. People actually purchase stone idols and pray to them. They set up shrines to their billions…