There’s Hope in Christ Jesus (Psalm 18:1-3)

The most important thing to do to beat depression is to have something to look forward to. Everybody has to have hope. And without faith, one cannot have much hope. Eternal hope is only in Jesus Christ. The world constantly demands that we conform to it. But Christians are called to be separate from the world. “For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the…continue reading →

Resolve to Suffer (Colossians 1:23-2:3)

Most people in America are comfortable. Yes, our lives are not perfectly comfortable. And yes, there are exceptions. But we are extremely blessed to live in this nation, and we have so many luxuries. We spend a great deal of money and time to make ourselves comfortable. What is worth giving up these luxuries? "if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. Now…continue reading →

But Now We See (John 9:1-41)

Amazing Grace is perhaps the most recognized song sung today. Written in 1773, it was originally titled “Faith's Review and Expectation.” The song talks about how we were once blind, but now we see, if you know Jesus as Savior. 'As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We…continue reading →

From Alienation to Reconciliation (Colossians 1:15-23)

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased…continue reading →

Who’s Your Daddy? (John 8:18-47)

You can often know a lot about a person if you know their father. "I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me." They said to him therefore, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also" (John 8:18-19, ESV). These two verses give a brief overview of the conversation that would follow. Unless we know Jesus as Savior, we cannot know God either. What does this say about…continue reading →

Who’s Your Daddy? (John 8:18-47)

You can often know a lot about a person if you know their father. "I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me." They said to him therefore, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also" (John 8:18-19, ESV). These two verses give a brief overview of the conversation that would follow. Unless we know Jesus as Savior, we cannot know God either. What does this say about…continue reading →

What Will Be His Verdict? (John 5:19-24)

I once got a $465 speeding ticket. I was meeting my church in TN for a mission trip, going over 100 miles an hour. I had to go to court for it. I'm glad that the judge didn't throw me in jail, but I wish he would have been more like Jesus, who would have taken out his wallet and paid the fine for me. "Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because…continue reading →

The Motivational Hope of Heaven (Colossians 1:1-14)

What drives you to live for Christ? I hope that you're not motivated by recognition. And we're not trying to work to be saved. That's been taken care of. Our hope of heaven drives us. It's not because we're uncertain about our final destination. It's because we know it is our home, and we can't wait to experience it. "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.…continue reading →

The Fields Are Ripe for Harvest (John 4:31-38)

Ask yourself this question: what is it that I need in order to live? Some may say "food" or "family," but the answer is quite different, and is found in the words of Jesus. "Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?" My food, said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say,…continue reading →

Guard Your Mind (Proverbs 4:13-23)

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23, NIV). There's no doubt that our emotional well-being is extremely important. But that's not what this verse is talking about. We often remember verse 23 more because it has a nice ring to it, using metaphors and emotions. That's not a bad thing. It helps us to remember it so that we might apply it to our lives. But in order to truly apply verse 23, we have to see it in light of verse 13 and all…continue reading →