There seem to be evil men in every generation. Pharaoh of Egypt, as we will read, committed terrible acts because of jealousy and fear of God’s people. In the middle of these tragic events, God would raise up a deliverer. The Story of the Bible now introduces us to Moses, the man God would use to set His people free from slavery and organize Israel’s … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#16)
I grew up with the saying, “be sure your sins will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). And, found out that it’s true. If we think that we can escape being noticed when we do something wrong or when we neglect to do the right thing, we are only fooling ourselves. We will reap what we sow (Proverbs 11:18, 22:8; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 6:7-8). Reaping and … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#13)
Many of us remember, “Father Abraham had many sons. Many sons had Father Abraham, and I am one of them. So are you. So let’s just praise the Lord.” and all the accompanying motions. The next section of the Biblical story focuses to Abraham. We first learn that before God changed his name, it was Abram. We also learn that God gave Abram and his … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#6)
Check out yesterday’s blog post on the preacher’s library. The questions, “What is the place of Scripture in interpretation” and “What about the leading of the Holy Spirit leading the pastor” arise when talking about using preaching resources. To put it simply, the preacher must hold the Holy Spirit as the great teacher of the Holy Spirit. Without either our preaching is nothing more than … Continue reading Studying Scripture and the role of the Holy Spirit
Our present society places before us the question, “why do we need ministers and preaching?” This leads to frustration among many but what really puts pressure on ministers is the very impossible task of preaching. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save … Continue reading A glorious and difficult task.
Thirty-eight years is a long time to deal with one disease. But that’s exactly what this individual had been doing. He and countless others would gather themselves together beside the pool of Bethesda waiting for a miracle. At this place, an angel would supposedly trouble the waters, causing a ripple. We do not know who the angel is or whether they are a heavenly or … Continue reading Seven Signs in John: 3 – The Man of Bethesda
The scene is set in Heaven right now. It establishes a precedent for the promise of the new Heaven to come. The example we find teaches us valuable praise. I am referring to the fourth and fifth chapter of The Revelation of Jesus Christ that was given to John on the Isle of Patmos. These two chapters and the last three are my personal favorite … Continue reading The beauty of praise