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Eyes Wide Open | John 9

As soon as you mention the ninth chapter of John, people immediately say: “Oh the chapter where the blind man is healed” and they are correct. Theologians have written entire books about this incredible chapter while I see a couple of things that may seem less important but I believe to be interesting. When I think of it, my attention is drawn to two other thoughts. First, this young blind man’s IQ is quickly raised and secondly, the real message…
Neil Silverberg

The Great Offense

“And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.’ After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:65-66). The sixth chapter of John contains an in-depth teaching of the Lord regarding the way he saves men. It is a long discourse between himself and many Jews after the miracle of feeding the five thousand. It also contains our…

Getting Our Worship Right | John 4

We were born to worship. That is why when we worship God from our hearts we feel so fulfilled. The instinct to worship is in the heart of every human being; history teaches us that it has always been this way. That is why it is important for us to get it right, and in John chapter four Jesus makes some important adjustments that set our worship right if we will learn from them. First, Jesus teaches us that if…
Neil Silverberg

Word And Power

“But Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God’” (Matthew 22:29). During the last week of Jesus’ life and ministry on earth, several religious experts approached Jesus and tried to catch him in something he said in order to have a basis to condemn Him. But He who was Wisdom Incarnate demonstrated that He was aware of their duplicity and could not be fooled. One such group that came during Passion…

What Kids Teach Us About Following Jesus

 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  And he laid his hands on them and went away. Mt. 19.13-15                                                         In the face of growing opposition and rejection, Jesus has been steadily teaching his disciples, preparing them for what was coming. In chapter 19, he…

What Awaits Those Who Carry The Cross | Matthew 17

   Joel Silverberg The magnitude of the Transfiguration cannot be understated. Peter, James, and John find themselves in one of the most profound moments in the New Testament. Jesus is shining like the sun right before their eyes and they witness him speaking to Moses and Elijah. They then see a bright cloud surrounding them as the voice of God speaks, “This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Imagine bearing witness to something…

Life Lessons from A Day in the Life of Jesus | Matthew 14

Matthew 14 opens with the story of the death of John the Baptist. He was Jesus’ cousin who leapt within his mother’s womb when a pregnant Mary arrived to visit Elizabeth. It was said he would be the forerunner of Jesus preparing the way of the Lord. John’s ministry only lasted for 1 year but it was power packed. His message was simple, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” He baptized people for repentance but he always…

Matthew 9 | Bring It To Jesus

Sometimes we wait patiently on the Lord. And then, sometimes we are called to take bold action, to move forward in our faith, to have courageous confidence in Jesus’ desire to change our situation. It is easy to fall into a pit of passivity, wallowing in the weakness or oppression in which we find ourselves. Matthew chapter nine shows us five instances where people actively bring their problems to Jesus in faith. And, importantly, Jesus was impressed by that faith…

The Greatest Message You’ve Never Heard

“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law” (Mt. 7.28-29).  One of the members of our church is an audiologist. Dr. Tony Evans tests people’s hearing. The hearing tests he conducts for his patients require all distractions to be removed. So, he has them enter into a little soundproof room so nothing else can compete except for the…

Who You Really Are!

Scott Wiens Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Matthew 4:1-3  How would you respond if someone walked up to you and asked: “Who are you?”. On a surface level, it’s an obvious question having a wide range of meanings and could…