Neil Silverberg

Neil Silverberg

Neil Silverberg

Written For Our Learning

“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come” (I Cor. 10:11). All of the instruction Paul gives to the church at Corinth in this chapter is taken from the Old Testament. Drawing from its rich history, he makes parallels between the story of the Exodus and the subsequent wilderness wanderings and the Christian life. Paul is indeed right to do so for…
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1 John 5 | Joyful Obedience

Throughout his letter, John has tied together the love of God with the keeping of his commandments. He would have us know merely professing one loves God without expressing love through obedience is a misnomer. This is important in view of the fact a certain group of so-called believers in John’s day claimed God loved them and they loved God, while they lived lives of disobedience to God. John reminds us (again) those who love God will always keep his…
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John 16: The Special Helper

In his Upper Room dialogue with his disciples, Jesus mentioned several times the special Helper he would send from the Father to assist them. The disciples were devastated by his announcement he was soon going away and they would see him no more. But then he astounded them with his announcement it was “to their advantage that I go away.” How could it possibly be to their advantage that the Son of God—he whom they have come to believe in…
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John 6: King of Kings or King of Things?

“When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself” (John 6:15) In the sixth chapter of John, we have John’s account of one of the most stupendous miracles of Jesus’ ministry; the feeding of the five thousand. It is one of the seven signs John chose and around which he organized his Gospel. Along with the account of this miraculous deed, John also…
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Four Blood Moons

Once again the Church world is being rocked by so-called prophetic signs of the end-times, this time in the form of the so-called “Four Blood Moons.” In a book by that title (Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change) the author, Pastor John Hagee lays out what he calls “celestial signals” signifying something earth-changing is about to happen. These signals are in the form of a series of blood moons which will occur in 2014 and 2015 and will…

My Thoughts on Leaving our Facility and What Lies Ahead

As I approach my forty third spiritual birthday in a couple of weeks, I have been reflecting on how much change I have experienced over the years. Some were massive while others were not earth shattering. Some were totally unexpected, while others I could clearly see coming. One thing has been consistently true: following Jesus has meant living constantly with the joy and pain of change. We are now facing another massive change for Trinity. We have undergone several over…
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You Are God’s Building

1 Corinthians 3:9 When I was in English class in grade school, I learned repeatedly in my compositions to never mix metaphors. Apparently, the apostle Paul never took my class! Throughout his writings, he is always mixing metaphors. A great example of this is found in I Corinthians 3:9. From verses 6-9a, Paul uses agricultural metaphors to describe his (and others’ ministry) among the Corinthians. The Gospel is seed that the apostle planted among the Corinthians and that seed was…
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God’s Fellow Workers

1 Cor. 1:10-13, 3:4 In the first few chapters of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (first), Paul is dealing with a problem in the Church which was the cause of some of the divisions among them. The particular division he addresses in the early chapters dealt with the Corinthians’ preference when it came to their favorite preachers. The Corinthian Church had the blessing of having several teachers besides Paul (who initially established the Church) to instruct them. Apollos, who was…
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A Very Important Word from Pastor Neil

It is with great joy in our hearts, we announce the opening of a new location for Trinity Community Church that will serve those residing in West Knoxville. Trinity Community Church (TCC) will now meet in two locations. TCC will continue to meet in the established North Site at 5830 Haynes-Sterchi Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37912. In addition, a new West Site opened on April 6 at the Embassy Suites West at 9621 Parkside, Knoxville, Tennessee 37922. Each location offers both…
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A Praying Community

One thing we can easily overlook as we read Luke’s description of the Early Church in Acts chapter 2 is how vital prayer was to that community as well as the success of the Gospel. Luke paints a picture of a close-knit community who shared what they had together and regularly ate meals together. But the success of the Gospel depended on more than the fact that they loved one another and were intimate. They were also a ‘praying’ community…
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