Mark 13:1-8 (see also Matthew 24:1-7; Luke 21:5-11)
The most confident and excited people on the planet should be followers of Jesus. The Bible tells us how everything is going to end. We are told that Jesus Christ will return, God wins and we win. Everything will be made right. Today, we are going to begin looking at what Jesus says about the Tribulation, end times, and His return. More specifically, we are going to learn how Jesus expects His followers to respond and react to what is happening and what will happen as His return draws closer. Continue reading
Today, we will look at an event in the life of Jesus that seems strange because it appears to say one thing, when it reality says something different. This is one of those events that the details of the event and the details of the context are crucial to understanding what God’s Word is saying to us.
When I read this event from Mark 12 you are going to think it is about one thing, but in reality it is about something completely different. After I read it, I’m going to ask you what you think it’s about. So pay close attention. Are you ready? Here we go. Continue reading
In this lesson Jesus warns us to be very cautious regarding religious hypocrites. He gives us six characteristics to be aware to help us protect ourselves and our family from their deception and to help us not become one ourselves. Continue reading
From this passage of Scripture we learn the followers of Jesus will believe in the inspiration of Scripture and that Jesus is both fully God and fully man. Continue reading
What you are going to see today is that you only love God as much as you love the person you love the least. God does not separate your love for Him and others. That is a packaged deal. To evaluate how much you love God evaluate how much you love people. If you say you love people but don’t love God then you don’t really love people. If you say you love God but don’t love people then you don’t really love God. Continue reading
If you will pursue what Jesus talks about today, it will radically change your life. This one thing gives you influence, purpose, meaning, and depth. Regardless of who you are or what you have this one thing, when pursued, changes everything. It changes you. It changes your relationships, and it changes how you make all your decisions. If I could tell you to do only one thing, this is it. It is to love God supremely and love others greatly. As you will see, those two things are actually one thing. Continue reading
When you are anxious you are thinking about who you should be, but when you are at peace you are thinking about who you actually are. Anxiety says you should be in control. Peace says you are a child of God and He is in control. Anxiety says you should be perfect or at least better. Peace says you are perfect and righteous in the eyes of God because of Christ in you. Anxiety says you should be smarter and have more answers. Peace says you belong to the one who knows everything and He can be trusted. Anxiety says you should be there for everyone. Peace says God is there for everyone and you only need to be there for those who God assigns to you. Anxiety says you should be more accepted by others. Peace says you are accepted by God and not everyone will like you and that’s okay. When you are anxious you are thinking about who you should be, but when you are at peace you are thinking about who you actually are in Christ. Continue reading
You anxiety is talking to you. Your anxiety is trying to convince you that if you don’t do something then something bad will happen or it will not get done right. You are the only one who can do this. Your anxiety will tell you that you are not good enough and you are not worthy enough and that’s why people leave you. Your anxiety wants you to believe that if you have enough information, knowledge, and wisdom then you will have all the answer then you will be successful and people will like you. Anxiety will work you to death by convincing you that you have to be there for everyone and that you are less of a person if you say no. Anxiety wants you to believe that you must make everyone happy and you need their approval and acceptance to be happy. Continue reading
What happens after we die? What about our relationships with others? Are couples still a couple in heaven? Are your children still your children in heaven? Do some people become angels when they die? What happens after we die? What is life like on the other side? Maybe there is nothing more after we die. Maybe this is it.
Jesus is asked this question, but in the context of husbands and wives. Today, Jesus is going to give us a little more insight into life after death. Continue reading
Today, we observe the Lord’s Supper. One of the major themes of the Lord’s Supper is remembering. Remembering the past impacts the present. When you forget something significant you begin living for the insignificant. This is why Jesus wants us to think about Him and to remember Him. When we remember His love for us it impacts our love for Him and ultimately our love for others. Remembering the past impacts the present.
Here is what we are going to do today. We are going to look at two important statements: one by Jesus and one by the thief on the cross. They both said remember me. Let’s start with Jesus. Continue reading