Exploring the Bible

Letters to the Seven Churches (Revelation, part 1)

At our Wednesday evening Bible class this past week, I read this quote from Steven Cole.  He said, “I’m always amazed at how fascinated everyone is by biblical prophecy. One night when I was in the Coast Guard, I was sitting alone in the bridge of the cutter on radio watch when the chief came…

Catch Me If I Fall (Jude)

When our children were young, Sueanne and I would occasionally take them to a playground and watch them play.  And our kids would always enjoy it, but there were times when they would be a little bit timid.  They might climb out onto the monkey bars, but they would say, “Daddy, stay close.  Catch me…

When You Fail, Remember This (1 John)

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”  (I John 2:1-2).            …

Learning From Suffering (1 Peter)

If I were to ask this morning, “With a show of hands, how many of you like chocolate ice cream?”, I suspect that there would be quite a few of you who would raise your hands.  And if I were to ask, “How many of you like Brussel sprouts?”, there would probably be a lot…

Why We Fight (James)

            This morning, in our study through the New Testament, we come to the book of James, and James is filled with so much good stuff that I found it difficult to narrow my lesson down to just one topic.  I could easily preach 20 different sermons from the book of James because James is…

Reviving a Tired Church (Hebrews)

            About thirty years ago, Sueanne and I spent a couple of weeks in Scotland.  On that trip, we saw a lot of huge cathedrals.  Those cathedrals are among the most beautiful buildings in the world.  If you were to build one today, it would cost millions and millions of dollars.              But, to me,…

The Gospel Changes Things (Philemon)

The story is told of two brothers who were convicted of stealing sheep.  As part of their punishment, they were branded on the forehead with the letters ST, to indicate “sheep thief.”  One of the brothers couldn’t deal with the embarrassment of it, so he moved away and never came back.  The other brother, though,…

Saved to Do Good Works (Titus)

          Just about every preacher is familiar with the Pareto Principle.  They may not know it by that name, but they understand how it works.  Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist who noticed that approximately 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.  Later, his principle was expanded to say…

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