A Presumption of Innocence and a Sad Era in America

I will be the first to say that I love being an American — proud even, in a sense of the word. I am an Eagle Scout back from the mid ‘80s when the Boy Scouts were not willing to compromise their religious footing and spent years saluting the flag as a youth and as… Read More

Live for Christ and Him Alone!

“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) “In the event of my death, celebrate.” You know, as a pastor, I spend a lot of time with people who are sick and dying and very rarely do I come across a person who is genuinely excited about their impending death…especially… Read More

In What Will You Rejoice?

“What then? But that in every manner, either with a pretext or in truth, Christ is being declared and in this I rejoice…but rather, I rejoice!” (Philippians 1:18) Here you go…this is the mindset that we are talking about…here is a man who is focused on the goal above all else…he is focused on Christ… Read More

Pursuing the Gospel, not Self

“Now, I want you to know, brothers, that which has happened to me is rather for the advancement of the Gospel;” (Philippians 1:12) Paul’s focus here and always is on the advancement of the Gospel. He is willing to suffer anything and lose everything, and still call it good, so long as the Gospel goes… Read More

Budding Trees

“They are planted in the house of Yahweh; In the courts of our God, they sprout.” (Psalm 92:14 {verse 13 in English translations}) How often we find that we do not blossom in life because we do not plant ourselves in the right place. To plant yourself (keeping the analogy of the righteous being like… Read More

Not Withholding our Lives

“And the Angel of Yahweh called to Abraham — a second time from heaven. And he said, ‘In myself I swear, utters Yahweh; because of this thing that you have done in not sparing your son, your only one, I will surely bless you and your seed will surely be great as the stars of… Read More

Love God with All (Mark 12:30)

“And you will love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your life, and with all of your understanding, and with all of your strength.” (Mark 12:30)   Jesus continues the passage with an explanation of what it means to be committed to God as Wnyheloa/ (Elohinu), or “our… Read More

Found in Christ

“When Christ should be revealed—who is your life—then, also you will be revealed in glory.”  (Colossians 3:4)   Beloved, not only is our life, that is our true life, tied to Christ, but the glory that we will one day experience is tied to Christ as well.  Everything we are and everything we do is… Read More

No One Comes To the Father, But Through Me: John 14:6

“no one comes to the Father if not through me.”               Jesus begins and ends this passage by focusing on himself.  Friends, salvation can be found in no other person or path.  It cannot be found in philosophy, in science, in achievements, in wealth, in family, in humanism, in Buddha, in Mohammed, or in… Read More

No One Comes to the Father: John 14:6

“no one comes to the father”               Do you see how the Trinity is at work in redemptive history?  We offended God by our sin and our rejection of his law.  Yet, rather than leave us to our deserved fate, God chose to work in our lives to redeem a people for himself.  God… Read More

No One: John 14:6

“no one”               Jesus has moved from making a positive statement of the truth to a negative one.  First he says, “Yes, I am the way…” and now he is saying, “No, there is no other way.”  In this way, Jesus makes sure that we understand the exclusivity of the Christian faith.  There is… Read More

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth and the life”               Not only is Jesus the true way and the truth within the world, but he is the life.  There is no life apart from life in Christ.  Though some people may think that they can find life in this world; they look for… Read More

I am the Way and the Truth: John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth”               Once again, we find Jesus using a definite article before the word truth.  Not only is Jesus the only way that leads to life eternal with the Father, but he is the only truth that we have access to in this world.  Think about that for… Read More

I am the Way: John 14:6

“I am the way”               It is important that you read this statement very closely, because many people in our culture do not understand the language that Jesus is using.  He says, “I am THE way,” he does not say, “I am A way.”  Our culture seems to think that it does not matter… Read More

I: John 14:6

“I”               This statement begins with the Greek word “ejgwv” (ego), which means “I.”  Though this may not seem significant, it is significant in the Greek language, for in Greek, the verb carries its own subject, in other words, it is redundant to use the actual word for “I” unless you are doing so… Read More

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Intro

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the father if not through me.’” John 14:6   This is one of the most well known statements that Jesus made, at the same time; we rarely take the time to reflect upon all of the theological… Read More