July 2018

Judging Judgment

“Don’t judge me” is the mantra of our day. The appeal is even often directly connected to Jesus’ plea of Matthew 7:1. However, Jesus wasn’t saying that everyone has the right to determine what is right for them without others pointing out that they are wrong. Jesus’ statement has to do with condemning others for […]



Show Offs Aren’t Spiritual

Jesus speaks to the spiritual show-off within us, and says cut it out or you will be left out. In drawing this point out he gives us examples of spiritual show-offs in three areas, and prescribes the proper corrective for each. If we struggle with the desire to be applauded for our spirituality, he gives […]



May 2018

Experience Grace In Battle

The church is in the midst of a battle. However, sometimes the church seems to forget who the enemy is. When we do that we become vulnerable. When we remember the true enemy, we can properly see how to partner with others on the battlefield.



April 2018

Experience Grace In the Church

Grace is not just for personal enjoyment. Grace is how the church is called to live. In Ephesians 4, Paul instructs us to walk in the unity, and provides us a number of signposts for living in that unity.



Experience Grace

Apart from Christ we are dead. In Christ we are made alive.   We can do nothing to rescue ourselves. Christ has already done everything which needs done to bring about our salvation.   This is the message of the gospel … the power of God to bring us back from death to life in […]



No Foolin’

While many in the world would call Christians fools for their beliefs, it is truly foolish to not trust in the will and plan of God. God has blessed us abundantly so is worthy of the worship that we offer to him. Ephesians 1 tells us of three blessings that should bring us to worship […]



March 2018

Homesick For A Place We’ve Never Been

When we remove the myths of harps, halos and floating on clouds, the message of Heaven is that we have a place to look forward to which will be best described as God’s presence, a place of beauty, holiness, security, and renewal. Heaven is described in Revelation 21 and 22 with three metaphors: a city, […]



Wedding & War: Salvation Song In Two Stanzas

In the only chapter in the entire New Testament that contains the word “Hallelujah” we are called to worship. That worship is the response to two saving actions takes on the part of the church. A wedding and a war.



Toppling Whores and Attaining Holiness

Babylon is a looker, a luxurious harlot, a materialistic magnet. While the Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18 is Rome, she still walks the streets today, offering the gratification of all that she can supply from her promise of wealth and prosperity.    Yet, believers are called out of the materialistic pursuits of Babylon. We […]



February 2018

(In A World Gone Crazy) Know How You Can Stand

As Christians, we can stand the storms of chaos and of God’s judgment of an evil and corrupt world. But what does standing look like? It looks a lot like living in holiness.   As we witness the judgment of God poured out on the earth in the bowls of God’s wrath. One verse, a […]



(In A World Gone Crazy) Know With Whom You Stand

Revelation 12, 13, and 14 introduce us to an “unholy trinity” along with their advocate Babylon. Each represents a way that Satan attempts to either seduce or oppress God’s people. In contrast, the Lamb stands with his people. Both groups sport figurative markings which define which team with which they associate.   We waste our time when […]



(In A World Gone Crazy) We Stand As Witness

God is in the process of bringing incremental judgment on the unbelieving. This judgment is designed to bring them to a place of repentance. Yet, what is the church to do in a crazy world? We are called to serve as a witness to the sovereignty of God, and share the life-saving message of Jesus.