As I was reading Mark 2 the other day, I was struck by a simple but powerful statement from Jesus. At the beginning of the chapter, several individuals lower down their paralyzed friend hoping Jesus would heal their companion. Before Jesus ever tells the paralytic to pick up his bed and go home, He tells … Continue reading The Mind of Jesus in the Miracle of the Forgiveness of Sins
No matter how persecuted, backed into a corner, up against the wall, or even dead the Church may seem, there is always hope. In fact, hopelessness is an impossible state for Christians and the Church. Because of Christ’s victory over sin, Satan, and the grave, the church, as the Body of Christ, is promised victory. … Continue reading The Certain Victory of the Church
While flipping through Tim Keller’s book Center Church, I stumbled across a powerful parable Keller re-tells from an old Christian magazine. It was too good not to share. A donkey swaggers into the marketplace. His large nostrils point up higher than usual as he dreams of the events of yesterday. He plops down on his … Continue reading “Without Him You Can Do Nothing”
I don’t know anyone who would honestly say that they didn’t want to go to Heaven. Heaven is the one place of true peace and perfection that we all wish to reach. At virtually every funeral I’ve ever attended, the speaker has referred to the deceased as having “gone to a better place”. Our cultural … Continue reading Heaven Will Be Miserable
Over the course of the four Gospels, Jesus heals a multitude of people. These healings are some of the most striking stories of Jesus’ life. This unknown man from an unknown town continually shows His authority over storms and sickness. As we read these stories, we are to be rightly amazed, but at times it … Continue reading “Sin No More”
Thousands of people from all over the globe are flocking to key places in the United States to get a glimpse of the total eclipse coming on Monday. Businesses all over are planning on selling special glasses and offering up their parking lots for a hefty price for visitors. Schools and offices are closing down … Continue reading Is the Total Eclipse a Sign of the End Times?
*This post is the summary of a longer essay I wrote summing up what I have been preaching about for Pleasant Valley Baptist Church’s college ministry. If this post piqued your interest and you want to read more about this understanding of Christianity (including a more detailed biblical case with references), you can read through … Continue reading God’s Glory as the Grounds for Our Everlasting Joy (Summary)