Stand With Conviction in the Lord

“Therefore, my beloved and longed for brothers, my joy and my crown, be firmly committed to the Lord, my beloved.” (Philippians 4:1) The message that Paul leaves us with in this verse is simple, but profound. He begins with another display of affection for this church. He speaks of them being the object of his… Read More

Where Does Your Understanding of Jesus Come From?

“Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again and questioned Jesus and said to him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you say this from yourself or has another spoken to you concerning me?’” (John 18:33-34)   Jesus has thus been returned to Pilate’s custody and now Pilate must decide how to handle… Read More

Shema! (Mark 12:29)

“Jesus answered, ‘The first is: ‘Hear, O’ Israel, the Lord, your God, the Lord is one!’’” (Mark 12:29)   To answer this question, Jesus quotes what is known in Hebrew as the “Shema” (Deuteronomy 6:4).  The Shema is easily the single-most important text in the Hebrew Bible; it defines the Hebrews as a people and… Read More

The Lord’s Prayer: Introduction

Introduction:   How many times have we prayed the Lord’s Prayer?  Hundreds?  Thousands?  Tens of Thousands?  I remember my parents teaching me this prayer as part of my bedtime prayers as a child, and as my son grows (and any other children the Lord may choose to give us), my intention is to teach this… Read More