Wisdom isn’t really learning information and reciting information like on a test, but wisdom is drawing out the skills to navigate life well. Wisdom is to be skillful at honoring God in such a way that it produces a beautiful life. I know that is a little abstract, so lets jump into Proverbs 3 to draw out what that looks like practically to live out wisdom....Keep Reading
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Throughout the life of Jesus we see Jesus inviting us to live in His Kingdom in heaven and on earth, because there is freedom in His Kingdom. Outside of Jesus’ Kingdom there is bondage, slavery, oppression, and death, but in Jesus Kingdom there is freedom and life, and that freedom and life is eternal and completely secure in Jesus....
In Luke 9 and 10 we see Jesus describing what it is to be His new people, reconciled to the Father, indwelled with the Spirit to love their enemies, love their neighbors, take up their cross daily, and in Luke 12 it is as if Jesus is slowing it down so as to say, “We need to talk about money.”...
Historically, did you know in the 1800’s pastors in the local church in Western Europe, and the United States began to say, “We don’t really need to listen to Jesus.” The thought was that Europe and the U.S. was growing in education, which is true, and pastors thought educated people would never believe in the glorious parts of Jesus, so they literally just removed those glorious parts of Jesus from the pulpit. They removed things like the virgin birth, the miracles, the power, the transfiguration, the cross, resurrection, and simply reduced Jesus to a good role model, but in verse 35 the voice of the Father rings out, “This is My Son. My Chosen One; listen to Him.”...
What does it look like to become new people in Jesus?...
How does Jesus want us to steward 2019? This life is not our own. We have been purchased for a price (1 Corinthians 6) through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection our life belongs to Him, therefore, how can we honor God with our lives in 201...Keep Reading
The Apostle Paul teaches the Galatians to restore one another in a spirit of gentleness, and as a result we are to have those kinds of relationships with one another. ...Keep Reading
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, "If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength." How many times do we just run into life swinging an axe and we forget to sharpen our axe? How many times do we start working on a project, but we forget to get our tools? We start working on homework and we forgot our notes. We start cooking food and we ...Keep Reading
Remember when you were young and adults would always ask us, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" When you were in elementary school you said things like firefighter, professional athlete, rock star, etc. But, as you got older your answers matured to things like teacher, lawyer, author, and for many of us, as we began to work in those careers we have found ourselves ...Keep Reading
If you remember we started in Romans 1-2 the gospel is necessary. Romans 3 the gospel is justification, declared righteous. Revelation 19 the gospel is an invitation to a celebration; Revelation 21 the gospel makes all things new, and in Revelation 22 we see the gospel is urgent because Jesus is coming. Are you ready?...Keep Reading
In Romans 1-2 the gospel is necessary. Romans 3 the gospel is justification, declared righteous. Revelation 19 the gospel is an invitation to a celebration, and in Revelation 21 we see the Apostle John writing to a group of men, women, and children who were going through severe persecution, and the Apostle John writes, “Look at what’s coming!” ...Keep Reading
In Revelation 18 evil is destroyed, and in Revelation 19 Jesus returns to establish His rule for eternity. Therefore, how does the reality of this celebration change how we live our lives today?...Keep Reading
How could we boast in the gospel? How can we boast in ourselves today? How could we look down on those who don't have Jesus, or those who haven't read certain books, or express compassion in specific ways? It is all Jesus!...Keep Reading
All of humanity abandons the glory of God to pursue our own glory, and He would be just to walk away and leave us in the exhaustion of our own glory, but instead He steps into human history to call us to Himself so that we might be "declared righteous!"...Keep Reading