Jesus’ Final Words on the Cross

1. A Word of Mercy: The prayer for forgiveness to the Father - "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do" (Lk. 23:34). Think of a family member, friend, or co-worker that has wronged you. Take practical steps to either pray, write a letter, or sit down and show them the mercy... Continue Reading →

What are the 7 Deadly Sins?

The seven deadly sins have been depicted by writers, artists, and pop-culture throughout history, from Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy to the 1995 thriller movie Seven starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. These works claim the following as the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. Though these sins are grievous to the... Continue Reading →

What is the Kingdom of God?

The Kingdom of God is a key theme Jesus taught in the New Testament. The word Kingdom appears 162 times and is predominant in the synoptic gospel of Matthew. Oxford scholar R.T. France states: "Some scholars see it as a Christian lifestyle, some as a method of world evangelization, some as the rediscovery of charismatic gifts,... Continue Reading →

Godly Sorrow Leads to Healthy Transformation

The Israelites understood that the state of their relationship with the Lord was contingent upon the covenant they had with Him. If they rebelled against God by refusing to keep His commandments and served false gods, they were judged (Num. 32:15; Deut 28:36, 2 Chr. 7:19; Jer. 9:13). These judgments consisted of God sending plagues... Continue Reading →

The First Christian Martyr

The Stoning of Stephen Acts 7:8-60 I. Strong argument v. 8-10  What are some godly characteristics we can gather from Stephen in these two chapters that indicate he was relying on the power of God? Trusting in God, wise, bold, forgiving: similar to Gal. 5 fruits of the spirit. Are there any godly attributes that you are either cultivating... Continue Reading →

Hudson Taylor – Missionary to China

Hudson Taylor was a man after God’s own heart. His primary goal was to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to China regardless of the trials he faced with his own family and the opposition from the native people. The story of Taylor is encouraging to me because he was obedient to where God placed... Continue Reading →

The 7 Miracles of Jesus

1. Jesus turns water into wine (Jn 2:1-12). At the wedding in Cana of Galilee, Jesus alters the chemical composition from water to wine. This miracle reveals Jesus' glory and power over creation. It also symbolizes a key component of His ministry: The replacement of the old order, the water of ceremonial cleansing and the... Continue Reading →

The Wise and Foolish Builder

"Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood... Continue Reading →

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