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February 13, 2022
The story of this demon-possessed man in Luke 8 directly confronts our naturalistic tendencies. It affirms that we have a spiritual enemy, and he is powerfully at work in the world. But it also affirms that there is One who has far greater power, and he too is at work.
June 20, 2021
Contentment is an elusive thing. As soon as we think we are content, it quickly vanishes. Is contentment even possible? In Phil. 4, the apostle Paul says that it is. In fact, he says that he has learned to be content no matter the situation.
March 7, 2021
Here in Mark 10, Jesus invites us to consider his answer to an all-important question: What must we do to inherit eternal life? Through Jesus' interactions with this rich young man (and then with his disciples afterwards), we gain insight into both the path and the promise of eternal life.
January 31, 2021
On the Mount of Transfiguration, we learned that the authoritative power of God is found in Jesus. As we come down from the mountain top along with the disciples in Mark 9, we are faced with an important question: How do we experience that power in our own lives?
May 8, 2022
What does it mean to be the church in an age of social and religious deconstruction? A good place to start is to discern the difference between socialized Christianity and new birth Christianity. In this passage, Jesus helps us deconstruct a certain kind of faith and then points us to the mystery and reality of the kingdom of God.
May 1, 2022
On Easter Sunday morning, the disciples were sad, defeated, and unbelieving. All they could see was bad news. But by Sunday evening, they were filled with joy and convinced of the good news. How do we account for the turnaround? Well, in this passage, Jesus does some things for them that change their lives forever.
February 21, 2021
During uncertain and unstable times, the thing we need most is to be reminded of God. This psalm is thoroughly God-centered, and each stanza points us to something particular about him. When it feels like the world is falling apart, he’s our only hope.
September 5, 2021
People are often suspicious of Christian ministry, especially in light of stories of spiritual leaders abusing their power and pretending to be something they’re not. So, what does genuine Christian ministry look like? Paul tells us in this passage.