Examine Yourself

2 Corinthians 13:5-6 “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test.”[1]   At the end of 2 … Continue reading Examine Yourself

Wesley’s Quadrilateral and the Corona Virus

Have you ever heard of Wesley’s Quadrilateral? I posted the image above to help understand it a bit. If you are unfamiliar, you’re not alone. This may be a new concept even for some with formal training. It is simple enough to understand. I will explain it below and try to help us understand how … Continue reading Wesley’s Quadrilateral and the Corona Virus

Gospel Relationships Kill Comparison

Galatians 5:25-26 "If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another."[1]   This passage follows a discussion of the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh. The works of the flesh are dangerous to our … Continue reading Gospel Relationships Kill Comparison

Don’t Forget to Slow Down

There can be a tendency to view holiness by our business. If we are busy learning, doing, serving, etc. then we are are just like Jesus. But, is this true? Or is this simply a "can do" attitude, a "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" focus that is then imported onto the Christian faith? Meditation, … Continue reading Don’t Forget to Slow Down

We Were Made For Relationship

It wasn’t good? In Genesis 2, we have strange language. We have repeated language in Genesis 1 about things being good, and then in Genesis 2:18, we have the phrase "it is not good." This change should give us pause. The difference between the language here and the language in the first chapter is profound. … Continue reading We Were Made For Relationship

The Life of a Growing Christian

Read Psalm 1 Christians Are Already Blessed In Christ From the language in Psalm 1, it becomes clear that Jesus is the blessed one. This Psalm points forward to one who is to come. The grammar requires full obedience, something we could never do. In light of Jesus being the blessed one, we need to … Continue reading The Life of a Growing Christian

Last Youth Group Lesson Before Corona

A Hope-Filled Kingdom Psalm 72 Youth Group - Spring 2020 We have discussed various types of Psalms so far. Some of them are clear because of their structure - like Lament and Praise Psalms, and others are distinguished because of their content - like wisdom and royal Psalms. Tonight we are going to look at … Continue reading Last Youth Group Lesson Before Corona

God Knows You and Is With You

Psalm 139:1-12 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 1    O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2    You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3    You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4    … Continue reading God Knows You and Is With You

No, Your Pastor Didn’t Turn Into a TV Preacher

Things often don't go as planned. I wanted to have a blog to encourage people. To comfort and challenge them spiritually during this uncertain time. The plan was simple, write new posts, and use excerpts from old material. By doing it this way, I could push out a lot of content that had been researched … Continue reading No, Your Pastor Didn’t Turn Into a TV Preacher

A Grounded Love – Part 2

Psalm 116 12  What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? 13    I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, 14    I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15    Precious in the sight of … Continue reading A Grounded Love – Part 2