Doing It By The Book

Have you ever seen the previews to a movie, gotten all excited about it, then watched the movie and walked away disappointed because it wasn’t anything like what the previews suggested? Welcome to the club. I suppose the people who put the previews together could tell you they were just doing their job (which isContinue reading “Doing It By The Book”

God’s Will And Our Prayers

A friend of mine and I were involved in a discussion not too long ago concerning the “asking” element of prayer. Specifically, we were talking about the Scripture’s assurance of us receiving what we ask for when we make our requests in accordance with God’s will (1 John 5:14-15). He tongue-in-cheek noted, “That’s really the core issue isn’tContinue reading “God’s Will And Our Prayers”

The Unchained Word (3)

And how exactly does God’s word unchain us? Initially it does so by revealing to us the good news of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection on behalf of all people. God opens our heart, as He did with Lydia (Acts 16:14), and like her, we are immersed to receive the forgiveness of our sins andContinue reading “The Unchained Word (3)”

Righteousness And The Kingdom Of Heaven

The Sermon on the Mount is an extended conversation about righteousness. Jesus uses the word five times in the three chapters that comprise the SOTM but in actuality the idea is in just about every verse. The righteousness He is speaking of is what happens when God’s kingdom comes and His will is done onContinue reading “Righteousness And The Kingdom Of Heaven”