Luke 9:51-62: Preconditions Not Allowed

Jesus sets His gaze on Jerusalem, the city where He will be “taken up.”  “Taken up” is shorthand for dying for the sins of the world, rising to life on the third day, and then returning to the Father in heaven.  Jesus does this all for you and your salvation. So, He goes forward without […]

Psalm 3

Shield with Sword

So, when you woke up this morning, did you arise as royalty?  Whether you felt like you were or not, Scripture says you are.  “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9).  You are royalty.  You will reign with God in eternity after Christ returns on […]

Luke 7:36-8:3: Generous Giving is not Accidental

Feast of Simon the Pharisee

Today, Scripture came to us and told us of a woman, a generous one.  She expressed a deep devotion and affection toward Jesus in her generosity, by anointing His feet with expensive perfume. Her story is relational.  Jesus loves her, and she responds with a deep love for Him.  Her story is inclusive, for Jesus […]

Psalm 30: Weeping may lodge for the night, but joy comes in the morning

Psalm 30.5

How well did you sleep well last night?  Were you interrupted by some unexpected “visitor”?  Someone or something came to you in the early hours of the morning.  You tossed and turned, and sleep become a distant memory, even a stranger to you. This nighttime intruder is sinister.  He wakes you up and worms his […]

Galatians 1:1-10: Don’t turn what God does for you into what you do for Him

Burning Barn

Paul begins Galatians by burning down the barn.  “What in the world is wrong with you?  You’re deserting God, who called you to be His people!  You turned away from the Gospel, allowing others to confuse you and lead you away from the truth!”  Words of fire explode off the page.  A righteous anger burns […]

John 8:48-59: Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity

Trinity Latin

The Trinity is all over the Scriptures.  In the first book of the Bible, Genesis describes God the Father speaking the Word as the Spirit hovered over the waters of the deep.  In the last book of the Bible, Revelation describes the Lamb, Jesus, who was slain but now alive.  He sits enthroned at the […]

Acts 2:38: Pentecost Today = Preaching and Delivering Forgiveness

Pentecost Today

Fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead, ten days after He ascended, 120 Christians huddle together.  They wait for Jesus, for Him to fulfill His promise to send the Spirit.  Without warning, a mighty wind, the breath of God, fills the room where they wait.  They look and see moving, flickering tongues of fire […]

Luke 24:47: Preaching Repentance into the Forgiveness of Sins

Pr Rich Heinz

Before our Lord ascended into heaven, He gave His Apostles several enduring mandates, commanding them what to do until He returned.  We’re most familiar with the one in St. Matthew’s Gospel. Having gathered His Apostles on the mountaintop, Jesus told them: “Disciple the Gentiles by baptizing them into the name of the Father, Son, and […]

John 14:1-11: No End Run Around Jesus–the Way

One Way

The Gospel of Jesus Christ offends many people because it excludes all others paths of salvation.  Multiple ways to heaven don’t exist; only one does.  No other name exists, other than Jesus of Nazareth, in whom we receive life and salvation.  Jesus is the only sacrifice for sin, which saves into eternity. Our culture loves […]

John 16:12-15: Receiving All–the Deposit of the Faith

The Deposit of the Faith

We’ve inherited a strange way of reading the Bible.  When someone reads Scripture, he often thinks each passage is a direct line, straight from God, telling him what to do.  Such a notion, however, isn’t true.  Read the Bible and you will find out otherwise. Here’s an example.  Paul writes, “Wives, submit to your husbands […]