Suffering All suffering is a result of sin (a fallen world), but not all suffering is a DIRECT result of sin. We cannot always change the pressures (or temptations) we face. But we can guard our hearts — how we respond to those pressures. God is at work in us, orchestrating the pressures we face,
Churchianity I didn’t coin the term “churchianity”. It was in use by the end of the 18th century. And the phenomenon is far more ancient. We see it already in Isaiah 29:13-14. And our Savior created the opportunity to address it when he accepted an invitation to dine with a Pharisee. The story is found
Four Responses to Grace From Luke 11:14-36. It’s pretty easy to see the two major negative responses to Jesus in this passage. Some accuse Him of casting out demons through satanic power. Others take a ‘prove-your-credentials’ approach. But if we look closely at this passage, we’ll see two others: apathetic neglect and nurtured reception, living
The Christian’s Privilege of Prayer: Speaking to Your Father What we Pray The principal lesson in Jesus’ instructions for prayer is that you are speaking to your Father. To those who believe and trust Jesus Christ, “He gave the right to become children of God,” If Jesus died for you, then you have been adopted
Being Served and Serving It’s easy to get overwhelmed with Christian service. Volunteer burnout is a real threat to Christian ministries. And, even beyond the ministries of the local church, there are so many calls for your time and resources as a Christian living in a fallen and needy world, that anyone with a sensitive
The parable of the Good Samaritan is the first part of a three-part lesson in what a disciple ought to be about. In short, he is to be about love (of God and neighbor) and prayer. A man asks Jesus the most important question in all the world, “What must I do to inherit eternal
God’s will, not your work, is the place to find joy in ministry. When the 72 returned from their mission, they were very excited about the divine power that they had been privileged to wield. They acknowledged that all they had done had been done in the name of, and therefore the power of, Christ.
Verses 51-56 of Luke 9 kind of set up the main point of the section. While both elements present stories, in a sense, it is the first story that makes sense of the second. In the first story, Jesus experiences rejection, and corrects the disciples’ desire to call down fire on the offenders. That’s the