The Power of Relying on the Powerful Word

The Power of Relying on the Powerful Word

A crucial conclusion of Paul’s teaching from the 2nd half of 1st Corinthians 1 is this: Because the gospel is foolishness to the natural person, when someone does get saved that is evidence of God’s power because there’s no other possible explanation that one...
Turning to the One Who Takes Away Fears

Turning to the One Who Takes Away Fears

Notice where David turns in Ps. 34:4–he sought the Lord.  David goes to the only source of help when our souls are weighed down with fear.  How quickly and comprehensively we cast our cares upon the Lord and his truth is determinative of how faithful we will be...
God-Glorifying Engagement When Disagreeing

God-Glorifying Engagement When Disagreeing

In this time, it is important to speak the truth in love to your Christian friends who are caught up in worldly ideologies.  The Apostle Paul writes in Gal. 6:1 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit...
Hating All To Be a Disciple of Christ

Hating All To Be a Disciple of Christ

The comprehensive cost Jesus is referring to is made explicit at the very end of Luke 14:26, in that following Christ entails a hatred of one’s entire existence. Keep in mind that hating one’s life is not an attempt to throw an increasingly larger pity party, for that...
Loving the Body Must be Primary

Loving the Body Must be Primary

As we continue to refresh our thinking about what is fundamental in the life of the church, here is a helpful question to begin with: What does Jesus point to as the key factor in identifying a group of his disciples?—”Others will know that you are my disciples...