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

Luke 7:18-23 – Wowed At The Main Event

| October 13, 2016

Wowed at the Main Event (Luke 7:18-23) I am embarrassed. I don’t inherently get wowed at what’s impressive to God. The blind receive their sight. Wow! The lame walk. Wow again! Lepers are healed. The deaf can hear. The dead are raised? Yes, wondrously the dead are raised! Wow! Wow! and Wow! I would have […]

Romans 1:5; 16:26 – The Obedience of Faith in the Great Physician

| October 13, 2016

“The obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5; 16:26) is an intriguing phrase because of its paradoxical nature. Because of this there is an overemphasis by one side, and almost total neglect by another. That “faith” obeys is a conundrum to some because they look at faith as just a mental concept – I believe or trust […]

Mark 1-3 – “Marks” of a Sound Congregation

| October 6, 2016

People ask if a congregation is “sound.” Maybe learning about “sound” synagogues might help. In Mark 1:21 Jesus went to the synagogue and started teaching. The congregants were amazed because He taught as one having authority (1:22). A demon-possessed man interrupted their service and Jesus threw out the demon in the man (1:27). Mark 1:39 […]

Acts 8:4 – Levels of Acceptance

| June 30, 2016

Levels of Acceptance – Years ago I read a study on the three levels of accepting truth: Intellectual, Personal, Universal. When a sinner studies baptism and accepts the truth, the first stage is intellectual. Unfortunately we all have seen sinners stop there. They know baptism is when we accept God’s grace, but they will not […]

Hebrews 11:32-34 – How Did Samson Make It?

| November 25, 2015

How did Samson, the womanizing, violent, self-serving judge make it into the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11:32)? In some strange way he and Paul are partners in grace. Paul had to learn “power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor.12:9). Samson, gifted by God with great strength only learned to rely upon God when he “gained […]

Acts 20:35 – More Blessed to Give Than To Receive

| March 6, 2014

Throughout Acts 20:18-35 is the concept that grace involves giving. Paul reminds the elders, “In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak…” (20:35). Paul’s preaching without pay is an analogy of grace. Paul gives freely the message of grace because Jesus gave freely of His […]

2 Samuel 6 – Grace On Every Page

| March 18, 2011

Grace is written on every page of the Bible. But blood is not. Grace is written in ways that blood does not need. The very breath we take is grace. God’s word breathed out through the Holy Spirit is grace. The breath Jesus exhaled declaring “it is finished” is grace. And God’s waiting breath, waiting […]

Grace Does That? (now available)

| October 3, 2010

Grace. Can a topic be both overexposed yet underdeveloped? Yes! That is the paradoxical premise of this study. Yes, grace is a gift but it is a gift that keeps on giving because it is also a tool for every day living. As you read this book, I hope that you will think with pleasant surprise, “Grace does that?”

Genesis 21:6-7 – The God of Surprises

| March 14, 2010

Do you love surprises? For some of us, discovering before we are surprised that someone is trying to surprise us is more fun than being surprised itself. We get to surprise the givers of the surprise. When it comes to God, do we ever think of “surprises?” Undeniably, we worship “The God of Surprises.” The […]

Genesis 3:21 – Grace In All the Most Unusual Places – Sermon

| March 13, 2010

This study is about finding grace in the most unexpected places. This lesson is about being surprised by grace. And maybe the biggest surprise of all, is that we can still be surprised. Our God is a God of grace and that means He is a God of surprises. The biggest surprise of all came […]