Acts, Lesson 29: Paul Sets Sail to Rome

After being under house arrest for two years in Caesarea, and after speaking before Herod Agrippa and Festus, Paul’s appeal to Caesar now begins to take place. They deliver Paul to be taken by ship to Rome. Luke records these events in a parallel structure:  A Paul journeys to Malta (Acts 27) .     B Paul on Malta (28:1–10) A′… [more]

Acts, Lesson 29: Paul Sets Sail to Rome Acts, Lesson 29: Paul Sets Sail to Rome

Understanding Five Bible Verses in a Better Way

This is our pastor's newsletter article for May, 2015.   We each have our favorite Bible verses, which we quote, which may even help us get through dark times. But, sometimes, the way we use a verse can cause us see God or events in ways that the original writer of that verse never meant. 1. Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans… [more]

Understanding Five Bible Verses in a Better Way Understanding Five Bible Verses in a Better Way

Ezekiel 34: Jesus Feeds You

In our Old-Testament reading, we find God’s people in a time of duress.  They were a defeated nation, in exile.  But what made it worse was that Israel’s leaders, their shepherds, had failed in their callings.  They weren’t faithful.  They cared more about themselves than the flock that God had charged them to serve and lead. So, how did… [more]

Ezekiel 34: Jesus Feeds You Ezekiel 34: Jesus Feeds You

1 Corinthians, Lesson 16: Don’t Keep God from Coming to You with His Life and Salvation

Paul continues to deal with the issue of whether it’s okay to eat the meat that was earlier sacrificed to idols. To deal with this issue, he continues to use Old-Covenant Israel as an example of what not to do and how not to approach God, all within a chiastic structure. A 8:1-13 Dealing with food sacrificed to idols .     B 9:1-10:13 Paul… [more]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 16: Don’t Keep God from Coming to You with His Life and Salvation 1 Corinthians, Lesson 16: Don't Keep God from Coming to You with His Life and Salvation

Acts, Lesson 28: Paul before Herod Agrippa, Bernice, and Festus

Before Lent, we learned (but may have forgotten by now) that Paul petitioned for the Roman legal system to hear his grievances. He could do that since he was a Roman citizen. Paul knew that the Jewish Sanhedrin would not give him an honest hearing for preaching and teaching “the Way.” But more than that, he wanted to confess Jesus all the way into… [more]

Acts, Lesson 28: Paul before Herod Agrippa, Bernice, and Festus Acts, Lesson 28: Paul before Herod Agrippa, Bernice, and Festus