1 Corinthians, Lesson 25: The Gospel, the Church, the Scriptures, and the Body’s Resurrection

Paul had shut down speaking in tongues, at least as the Corinthians had practiced it, when they spoke unintelligible sounds from their mouths. Paul viewed real speaking in tongues as something good, which was speaking in a way that increased understanding, not decreased it (think of Acts chapter 2). After all, Paul said this about real speaking in tongues:… [more]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 25: The Gospel, the Church, the Scriptures, and the Body’s Resurrection 1 Corinthians, Lesson 25: The Gospel, the Church, the Scriptures, and the Body's Resurrection

Luke 6:36-42: What goes around comes around?

“Stop judging, and you’ll not be judged.” But, of course, you and I have judged. We’ve judged the motives of those who have offended us. We’ve have acted rashly and assumed the worst of others. We’ve spoken harsh words of judgment about them to others within earshot. “Stop condemning, and you’ll not be condemned.” But, of course,… [more]

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1 Timothy, Lesson 6: Deacons, Deaconesses, and the Role of the Church

We finished with Paul speaking about the requirements for a man to serve as a deacon. What seemed unusual was that Paul had theological requirements for a man to be a deacon, but not to be an overseer! Deacons were to hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience, which is knowing the content of the faith and living faithfully according to… [more]

1 Timothy, Lesson 6: Deacons, Deaconesses, and the Role of the Church 1 Timothy, Lesson 6: Deacons, Deaconesses, and the Role of the Church

Jesus in the Old Testament

This is our pastor's article for our July congregational newsletter, helping us to see Jesus in the Old Testament. ------------ While speaking to “the Jewish leaders [who] were trying all the harder to kill him,” Jesus said: “You pore over the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. These Scriptures testify of me” (John… [more]

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Luke 15:1-2, 11-32: The Prodigal Son

The Pharisees were grousing against the outrageousness of God’s grace. “This man [Jesus] receives sinners and eats with them.” Now, that’s wonderful news for you and me—if we see ourselves as sinners. It also would’ve been splendid news for the Pharisees—if they would’ve be honest enough to admit that they were sinners, too. So, Jesus… [more]

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