Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Colossians 2:9 – Denominationalizing God

| September 4, 2015

It is tempting to emphasize one trait of God above another such as mercy over justice, or justice over mercy. What we fail to see is by emphasizing one characteristic we neglect another or all others. When we neglect emphasizing one of God’s traits we have “denominationalized” God. Have you noticed how some denominations emphasize […]

Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19 – What, No Instruments?

| August 4, 2015

The reason the Winston-Salem church of Christ does not use instrumental music in our worship to God is the same reason why we don’t build arks. Noah was told to build an ark, Christians were not. Physical Israelites were commanded to use instrumental music. Christians were not. Unlike physical Israel, Christians don’t have a physical […]

1 Thessalonians 1:3 – Faith, Love, Then Hope

| September 12, 2014

“Faith, love, and hope.” That order doesn’t sound right, does it? Because of the beautiful passage on love in 1 Cor.13, we are used to “faith, hope, and love.” Paul uses that trilogy of virtues 4 times (unless you think he wrote Hebrews): 1 Cor.13:13; Col.1:4-5; 1 Thess.1:3; 5:8. Only once does he use the […]

Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21 – Parenting Method

| June 21, 2014

Parenting Method – Been trying something with our teenagers which I think is helpful to them and therefore us. When in trouble, we take them through the process as if they were the parent, examining the evidence, so they can see the situation not from their defensive point of view but from a parent’s, from […]

Exodus 14 – A Newer Creation

| May 27, 2014

Israel is leaving bondage, but is not yet free. The enemy is pursuing. Israel leaves Egypt following a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire for night. Then this pillar divides Israel from Egypt as the Egyptians pursue. The cloud is moved from leading the Israelites to behind them, between the Egyptians […]

Colossians 3 – Naming Sin “Sin”

| March 30, 2014

I took my car to the mechanic and he said “I can fix your car.” I asked him, “What is the problem?” He responded, “All cars have problems, and need fixing.” Well, duh, but “What is the problem with mine? Did I cause it? Is there something I could do so as to not ruin […]

Luke 7:6 – Unworthy Yet Worthy

| October 3, 2013

We emphasize how “unworthy” (Lk.7:6) we are but forget we are worthy, worth something, valued, to be respected, by God and how we act – walk worthy of the gospel (Eph.4:1; Phil.1:27; Col.1:10; 1 Thess.2:12; 2 Thess.1:5,11). God called you to be what you were not and counts you what you cannot be. Because you […]

Paul’s Epistles

| September 13, 2013

Paul’s inspired epistles often begin by describing Jesus and the gospel and end with practical applications. Today we usually go about it backwards. We first tell how to have harmony in a church or family, when people are not spiritually equipped. Instead, first tell them Who Jesus is, what He did, so we can become […]

John 20:27 – A Resurrection-less Christianity

| September 13, 2012

A Resurrection-less Christianity. Satan has excised the centrality of resurrection from Christianity. First, by deceiving people into believing Jesus was only metaphorically resurrected therefore removing Jesus’ physical resurrection (Jn.20.27). Second, by removing resurrection from 1) the act and 2) purpose of baptism through removing immersion as a physical symbol of resurrection (Col.2.12). Third, by removing […]

Colossians 3:22-4:1 – Masters, Slaves, Christianity

| June 23, 2012

Janet and I have decided to adopt again. I would like to introduce you to our newest son, Sam. He is a shovel. More on Sam later. There are certain realities within the Bible that make our modern sensibilities uncomfortable or even offended. These “archaic” realities are either God-based or society-driven. “Wives be subject to […]