Lamentations 3:22-33: Depression

Depression is a vexing condition. It’s part of that huge array of problems that have afflicted us since our first parents fell into sin. Depression is the result of a sin-corrupted body, a defect in how our brains work, just like the fall into sin also affects how our hearts, livers, and stomachs perform. But that doesn’t explain it all. Events… [more]

Lamentations 3:22-33: Depression Lamentations 3:22-33: Depression

1 Corinthians, Lesson 17: A Look at the Lord’s Supper

Last week, we finished looking into Paul’s use of Israel’s sins during the Old Covenant as examples of what not to do for the Corinthian Christians in the New Covenant. At first glance, it simply looked as if Paul’s examples were Israel being unfaithful to God (and they were, but the question is, “In what way?”). But then Paul said, “God… [more]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 17: A Look at the Lord’s Supper 1 Corinthians, Lesson 17: A Look at the Lord's Supper

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