How the Rejection of Jesus Sets Us Free

Our fear of rejection is ultimately our fear of death. It’s our fear of being left on the outside, being left out forever. It’s our fear of insignificance, our fear of not mattering, of not being noticed. So many live their lives alternating between fear and ambition, desperately wanting to belong, to fit in, to…

The Victory of Jesus

Luke XVI: Lk. 4:1-14 Introduction Last week we looked at what temptation is, and why the Spirit led Jesus and sometimes leads us into the wilderness to be tested. This week, we look more closely at the three particular temptations the devil presents to Jesus and why it should be encouraging to know this part…

Marriage as Community

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep…

Marriage As Wine Making

The very first miracle of Jesus is recorded in John 2. Jesus has just appeared publicly at his baptism at the Jordan River, and three days later Jesus performs his first sign. People generally recognize that first impressions are pretty important. A bad first impression can make or break relationships, business ventures, even careers. I…

Led By the Spirit

Luke XV: Lk. 4:1               Introduction Part of the glory of the gospel is that the eternal, infinite Creator God became one of us and was tempted like us in order to lead us back to Himself. Full of the Spirit The first, unmistakable but perhaps terrifying thing to…

Feeling Rightly

One of the things that sin does to people is warps their ability to feel rightly. God gave us emotions; they are a gift from him like our other senses meant to teach us about the world. We feel pain, a hot stove, pressure, and it teaches us about what is wise, what is safe,…

An Open Letter to Women Who’ve Had Abortions

Dear Friend, As you have no doubt noticed, many of your Pro-Life friends and family members have been on an anti-abortion jag in recent weeks with the release of the Planned Parenthood sting videos. I realize that all the shared articles and hashtags and retweets may seem to you like an enormous wave of hate…

Jesus Our Living Brother

Luke XIV: Luke 3:21-38 Introduction As you read the Bible you should bring your questions to the text and seek answers. But you should also remember that the Bible itself poses questions to you by how it is shaped and framed. So for example, “Why does Luke give us this genealogy of Jesus here? And…

Please Speak Into the Mic

So this morning bright and early, the folks over at Planned Parenthood (@PPact) said enough is enough and posted a gif video of a minion dropping a microphone. There are several things to note about this moment: First, God’s sense of humor should not be lost on us. #StandWithPP is a great new hashtag, along…

Planned Parenthood & Fatherless America

First off, we should be incredibly grateful for the momentum that is building against the Planned Parenthood witchdoctors. The dam is beginning to crack, and though we can expect enormous resistance and pushback from the devotees, this is not a sign that we are losing, it’s a sign that we are truly a threat. When…