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  • Didache- The Christian’s First Steps in Practice

    October 22, 2019 by

    Didache 2 In the second instruction of the Didache, the author(s) lists several restrictions for new Christians and young churches. These instructions follow from what we have already seen in this document. We saw that regeneration precedes faith (see the notes on 1:1), and that works naturally follow regeneration in faith. So, those who come… Read more

  • PSA: Life Really Is a Pressure Cooker

    October 21, 2019 by

    Do you ever wonder why it sometimes seems as though God turns up the pressure on our lives or why there seem to be so many trials in this life? Yesterday, Kati and I participated in a “walk to remember.” October is Pregnancy and Child Loss Awareness Month. We did this to honor the child… Read more

  • Are People Healed Because of Their Faith?

    October 17, 2019 by

    We prize servanthood. We believe that we ought to serve one another. There are a couple ways that the call to serve becomes too much for the person and really becomes sinful. As Jesus sets the example for Christian service in this passage, He makes a perplexing statement indicating that a woman’s faith is the… Read more

  • Tobit- The Beginning of Archangels

    October 16, 2019 by

    Tobit 3:16-17 “At that very moment,” at the conclusion of Sarah’s prayer and presumably also at the conclusion of Tobit’s prayer, both prayers were heard in the glorious presence of God. The picture this elicits is that both prayers are being spoken simultaneously and closing at the same time. In verse 8, God was not… Read more

  • Didache- The Two Ways

    October 15, 2019 by

    Chapter 1 v. 1 The author(s) of the Didache begins by describing two ways, one of life and one of death. The wording, here, is of great importance. We look back to the Greek of the text to discern the exact pointing and to be sure that the English is a correct representation. The autograph… Read more

  • Is Change Part of God’s Plan?

    October 14, 2019 by

    Last year at this time I was at a church preaching. It was my first Sunday preaching at the church that would become my home. The Church at Sunsites really has become a home for Kati, Elijah, and me. This group of people looking for a preacher has become part of our family and has… Read more

  • The Fermentation of the Believer

    October 10, 2019 by

    After Jesus calls Matthew and claims, “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners,” Matthew takes the time to explain Christ’s work of sanctification a little more. In the previous passage, we saw that real sanctification follows true conversion. When the Holy Spirit regenerates the heart of the person called by Christ, that… Read more

  • Tobit- Will I Go To Hell If I Take My Own Life?

    October 9, 2019 by

    Tobit 3:7-15 The scene of Tobit shifts to another location, Ecbatana in Media rather than Nineveh, and the voice shifts from first to third person. Sarah, like Tobit, is depicted as being righteous. Even though she is righteous, Sarah endures the burdens of an unrighteous person. She, like Tobit, pleads with God on the basis… Read more

  • Introduction to the Didache

    October 8, 2019 by

    Introduction I have known about the Didache (the Greek word meaning “teaching”) for some time, but have never really taken the time to consider it in depth. Recently, I have come to admire the Didache greatly. The Didache is a practical and liturgical document addressed from the apostles (the 12 apostles to the Jews) to… Read more

  • Stepping On Life’s Scale

    October 6, 2019 by

    This morning, the text presents us with a summary of Israel’s recent history up to this point and of 1 Samuel chapters 1-11. It has taken us 23 weeks to get to chapter 12, and those of us who have been committed to coming and sitting under the explicit word of God in the order… Read more

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