In Mark 5, Jesus commanded a legion of demons to leave the body of a man they had been torturing, apparently for quite some time. And when [Jesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs;… Continue reading The Devil We Know
On Christian radio call-in programs, I’ve often heard people ask how to validate one’s salvation. People say that despite their sincere belief in the Gospel, they don’t “feel” saved. Others say that they have asked Christ to save them over and over again. It saddens me that people have these doubts and fears, because Scripture… Continue reading Are You Secure in Your Salvation?
Until my children and I read and discussed various accounts of the Crucifixion and Resurrection last week, I never realized that Mary anointed Jesus with her precious perfume just a few days prior to the Crucifixion – quite intentionally, as it happened. On what turned out to be the day before Palm Sunday, the… Continue reading Breaking Alabaster Boxes
Because we work in children’s ministry on Sunday mornings, my family and I don’t often hear sermons during that time. On one hand, I enjoy the spiritual health I maintain by studying on my own. Seeing a familiar Bible passage in fresh light, as I often do with the children’s stories I teach, is an… Continue reading Honey for Warriors
Consider this: when the woman at the well ran to tell her fellow townspeople, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" (John 4:29) she was excited about far more than the fact that Jesus inexplicably knew intimate details of her life. Let’s start at… Continue reading Is Not This The Christ?
Last Sunday, I asked my junior church class (ages 4-12) what they might like to add to our class time in the coming year. You can imagine their responses, everything from field trips and game days to outdoor classes and nap time...maybe outdoor nap time? And of course, more snacks. A teacher can never bring… Continue reading More Snacks, Please!
In a recent sermon about the early Christians in Acts, my pastor touched upon the importance of maintaining the wonder and joy of our salvation and our God. We should, he reminded us, feel free to express those emotions in a church service—not in a way that would draw attention to ourselves and detract from… Continue reading Clap Your Hands, All Ye People
My favorite church service is the Sunday evening meeting. On Sunday mornings, my family is busy with various ministries; but on Sunday evenings, we enjoy sitting together and listening to our pastor. It's a rare opportunity for us to be together and focused on the Lord all at the same time. This Sunday night, a… Continue reading Interruptable Interrupters