Leaving Laodicea
228 - A Witness to the Light

228 - A Witness to the Light

February 10, 2014
The life and ministry of John the Baptist can be summarized in the opening few verses of John's gospel.  John 1:6-9 states: 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

I've got a couple of questions.  What is the Light?  How does he bear witness of that Light?  Is it something that only he can do or can I be that witness also?  It looks like there is so much more here than meets the eye.  

There is.  Keep listening.

The following is a study of John 1:6-13.
226 - The Beginning of the Book of John

226 - The Beginning of the Book of John

February 8, 2014
John the Apostle and friend of Jesus has a unique purpose in writing his Gospel.  He states that purpose in John 20:30-31:  

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.  

He has a two-fold purpose.  One, that you would believe and two, that by believing you would have eternal life in His name.  

And this is just the beginning.  Want to hear more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study of John 1:1-3.
218 - Plugging the Hole in the Evangelism Bucket

218 - Plugging the Hole in the Evangelism Bucket

September 25, 2013
There is a huge difference between Biblical evangelism and the stuff we see portrayed today.  

Consider the following statement from John Macarthur:

"We need to adjust our presentation of the gospel.  We cannot dismiss the fact that God hates sin and punishes sinners with eternal torment.  How can we begin a gospel presentation by telling people on their way to hell that God has a wonderful plan for their lives?"

Ouch.  Have you ever been more concerned about not offending your lost friend than the fact they are on their way to Hell?  And, if so, what did you do about it?  What should we do about it?  Keep listening.

The following is a study on Biblical Evangelism.
206 - A Most Troubling Passage

206 - A Most Troubling Passage

May 6, 2013
The following from Hebrews 6 is probably one of the most hotly debated passages in the New Testament.  And I simply can't figure out why? 

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,  if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

You know, there is more here than meets the eye.  Much more.

Listen to find out what all the fuss is about.

The following is a study of Hebrews 6:4-6.
202 - The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God

202 - The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God

April 29, 2013
When Bible commentators speak of the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God they usually group the two together and conclude that they are simply different names for the same, identical kingdoms.  Matthew chooses to use Kingdom of Heaven and Luke, for example, likes the phrase Kingdom of God.   But they are both talking about the same thing.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are not the same.  One is the all-encompassing reality of all that God creates outside Himself and the other is a literal Kingdom where Jesus will rule on earth for 1,000 years from Jerusalem.

"So what does this have to do with me?" you ask.  Oh, much.  Very much.  Keep listening to find out.  

The following is a study on The Kingdom.
195 - The Long Side to Nowhere

195 - The Long Side to Nowhere

January 19, 2013
Psalm 6 is the first of several Psalms of repentance.  It is a Psalm of anguish and deep soul searching.

"So," you ask, "what can we learn from this Psalm?"  Ah, much!

For example, the turning point in the Psalm is when David calls upon the name of the Lord.  We must learn from his example.  In times of victory, call upon Him.  In times of defeat, call upon the Lord.  In times of temptation, call upon the name of the Lord.  In our "dark night of the soul" call upon the Light of the World.  Call always upon the Lord regardless of the circumstances.

But there is so much more in this Psalm.  Keep listening.

The following is a study on Psalm 6.
194 -  The Incarnation

194 - The Incarnation

December 25, 2012
The miracle of the Incarnation of Christ can be summarized in the following statement:

"Remaining what He always was, He became what He was not."

I know that often we focus our attention on the actual birth of Jesus and its accompanying highlights:  the star in the sky, the visit of the Magi and the annunciation to the shepherds.  But the greatest miracle took place some nine months earlier when the promise was given to a young girl that the "Holy Spirit would come upon her" and "the power of the Highest would overshadow her" and she would conceive a child.  Ah, the miracle of the incarnation.

Are you interested in finding out more about this great event?  Good.  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on the Incarnation.
193 - Where Did All the Kudzu Come From?

193 - Where Did All the Kudzu Come From?

December 24, 2012
When we look around at the people in the church it becomes painfully evident that many of them are deceived, lost, and have followed the wide path that Jesus said leads to destruction and have forsaken the narrow gate that leads to eternal life.  These people seem to pop up everywhere, like kudzu, and can often choke out the spiritual health of a church.

Come on, you know it's true.

And the question facing us is how are we to deal with this reality?  What are we to do?

James addresses those very questions in the closing of his letter.  Let me encourage you to keep listening and find out more. 

The following is a study on James 5:19-20.
192 - Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth

192 - Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth

December 23, 2012
There are times when we read a phrase or word in the Scriptures and assume we know what it means simply because of how the word is used today.  But language changes over time.

Just think of what the word "cool" or "rock" or "gay" meant 70 years ago and what it commonly means today.  See the problem?

So, to rightly divide the Word of Truth we must determine what the Scriptures say when they were written and not what we want them to say today.  Words like "sick" and "healed" and "saved" don't always mean what we think they do.  And this is never more clear than in the last chapter of James.

Intrigued?  Good.  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on James 5:13-18.
191 - Everybody Lies

191 - Everybody Lies

December 12, 2012
Lying today has evolved into an art form.  From our government to the media to our valued institutions, it seems there is little truth spoken today unless it serves some selfish purpose.  After all, everybody lies.

Men and women lie to each other when they promise to stay together until "death do us part" and then they turn around and say the same line to someone else who is more "compatible" or whose differences are not "irreconcilable." 

Everybody lies.  But James speaks about the radical truthfulness that comes with knowing Christ.  And that truthfulness flies in the face of our contemporary culture.  Want to hear more?

The following is a study on James 5:12.