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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 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…

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…

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…