Luke 17 Part 3–When the Lord Returns

The topic of Christ’s return was and is a most difficult issue to tackle.  The apostles, the prophets, and other men of God throughout history have been watching and living in a way that indicates Christ’s return is eminent.  Jesus was clear, when He returns it will be as obvious as lightening flashing across theContinue reading “Luke 17 Part 3–When the Lord Returns”

More Luke 12–Being Prepared for His Return

Now Jesus begins to make it real.  Jesus was preparing the disciples for the transition.  The Lord knew His time was limited and He needed His guys to live and be ready.  Up to that point, they followed Jesus and stood in the background while He did amazing things.  Now, He was preparing them toContinue reading “More Luke 12–Being Prepared for His Return”

Psalm 15–God’s Kind of Folks

  So many times, we focus on what we should not do as God’s chosen people. We should not adopt the culture’s mentality. We should not chase the things of this world…In Psalm 15, David takes a moment to look at what the people God thinks are important, do each day. God is transforming usContinue reading “Psalm 15–God’s Kind of Folks”

Wise Guys vs Smart Guys–James 3 Part 2

Throughout time, there has been a long-standing competition between those who are smart vs. those who are wise. It usually plays out that one who is young challenges one who seems simple and old. The story usually turns upon the young one pursuing a plan to get the best of the older one.  What happens, typically, isContinue reading “Wise Guys vs Smart Guys–James 3 Part 2”

Faith or Works? Yes! James 2 Part 2

One complex spiritual principle is the fine line between grace and action.  Clearly our lives will never be good enough to win us a restored relationship with God.  He has made it abundantly clear that we are saved by grace.  Still, the temptation for believers–is to take the truth of salvation and turn it one ofContinue reading “Faith or Works? Yes! James 2 Part 2”

Real Faith Is Seen and Not Heard–James 1 Part 4

We are learning, as life goes on, that the labels we are given or that we stick to ourselves–do not define us nearly as much as what we do with our lives, our actions and our mouths.  This week has brought almost unbearable tragedy to families across the greater Houston area; and many are leftContinue reading “Real Faith Is Seen and Not Heard–James 1 Part 4”

Sacrifice of Praise–Hebrews 13 Final

Final thoughts…the writer was wrapping up–he already went through the basics of discipleship.  In closing, he had a great final thought for the Hebrew people–while the traditions that have stood since Egypt defined us, it is time to let them go and move on. Christ was the final sacrifice.  So, now if you feel so compelled to offer suchContinue reading “Sacrifice of Praise–Hebrews 13 Final”

The Message is Consistent–Hebrews 13

Solomon said it best in Ecclesiastes, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecc 1:9. As the writer of Hebrews concludes his treatise, his final thoughts go back to the very pragmatic basics of life.  Love each other, be hospitable, show compassion to those imprisoned, tortured, alone or in direContinue reading “The Message is Consistent–Hebrews 13”

Listen To That Crowd Roar–Hebrews 12 Part 1

There is really nothing quite like the energy one feels in an event when the crowd goes wild. Whether athletics, concerts, theater or Church–There is a significantly different energy when the crowd engages. In Hebrews 12, the writer helps us to envision the support and concern we receive from those who have gone before. Imagine Able, Noah,Continue reading “Listen To That Crowd Roar–Hebrews 12 Part 1”

What God Accomplishes With Our Faith–Hebrews 11 part 4

As we continue to look at faith–so far we see that without it it is impossible to please God.  We have seen that people of faith show up when the going gets tough, the we have seen that it is inevitable, that faith impacts those whose lives we encounter.  Finally, there is a certain set ofContinue reading “What God Accomplishes With Our Faith–Hebrews 11 part 4”