Large Versus Small

The summer between my freshman and sophomore years in high school, my mother and I moved from a larger town to a smaller town. 

Athletically speaking, I went from a baseball team with twenty players, to a team with only nine.  And just in case you aren’t familiar with baseball, there are nine defensive positions on a baseball field.


New Series: The Afterlife

I’ve been working on a new, temporary series, to fit in between Acts 13, which we just finished, and Acts 14, which we’ll begin in a few weeks.

What I aim to do with the series is to answer several questions, and do away with misguided ideas, about death, the final judgment and the afterlife.


Don’t Miss the Point

Tonight, we are having a chili cookoff fellowship!



In the Bible, options that we have pertaining to how we think, choose to spend our time and decide how to live our lives is often represented by the metaphor of paths.

Psalm 119:105 teaches us that God’s Word is a light that allows us to see and follow God’s path.

And Proverbs 16:9 teaches us that we may plan the way we want to go, but the Lord directs the steps we take as we go.


To Be Wanted

In a recent lesson, I was making the point that God doesn’t need us, but that He wants us.  I was trying to make the point that being wanted was better than being needed, but I’m not sure that I communicated what was in my heart fully regarding this wonderful truth.

As is often the case, sometime later I though of what I wished I would have said.  I’d like to share that now along with some additional thoughts.  I hope it is beneficial to you.


Considering Our Service for Christ

One of the worst impressions that a Christian can give to an unbeliever is the impression that if they follow Jesus, things in their life will be better.

Of course, I would also say that it’s a true statement that anyone’s life is better for following Christ, but the danger lies in the way that we define “better.”


Where Change Begins

There are some things that we have the ability to change ourselves.  And if we are having trouble making changes, there are probably a hundred thousand books and articles that will supposedly tell you how.

But there are some things that we do not have the ability to change ourselves.  There are some changes that only God can make.  For instance, no matter what we do, we do not have the ability to save our own soul.  God had to do something to make that change a possibility for us, the change from damned to saved.


A Discouragement of the Church

All members of the church are uniquely different.  Some have more in common than others, but the vastness of our differences will always exceed our similarities.

Differences are a good thing.  God created us uniquely different so that we would fulfill uniquely different destinies doing uniquely different service for God (Ephesians 2:10).


Two Different Types

The reading the Bible is unlike the reading of any other book in existence.  It’s the only book that is alive.  It’s the only book that reveals the three persons of God.  It’s the only book that has the power to transform us eternally.  It’s the only place that answers the most important questions of our existence.


What’s the Point?

Have you ever been tempted to skip past the long lists of genealogies in the Bible?  Let me encourage you to go ahead and read them anyway.

Within the long lists of genealogies, there is often times hidden jewels of knowledge.  For instance, the fifth chapter of Genesis is an entire chapter devoted to naming the descendants of Adam and Eve.