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Jesus: Be on Guard! (Mark 13:1-8, Part 1)

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

Jesus: Loving God and Loving Others (Mark 12:28-34, part 2)

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

Unmanaged Anxiety (Luke 10:38-42, Part 2)

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

Jesus: Future Resurrection (Mark 12:18, Part 1)

Believing in God does not mean you have a relationship with God. Because someone believes God exists, makes good decisions, supports good causes, attends church, and is a good citizen does not indicate they are follower of Jesus or have a home in heaven. In 2 Timothy 3, Paul reminds us there are people who “will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly” (v.5, NLT). As you follow Jesus, you will encounter people like all the time. You find them at church, in your family, and your community. They are religious, talk about God, moral, and are committed to their church, but they are dangerous. Their religion is about them, not Jesus. Jesus shows us today, how to respond to them. Continue reading

Easily Offended

The feeling of being offended is a warning indicator that reveals to you where to look within yourself for unresolved issues. Throughout your life you are going to be offended. People will say or do things intentionally or unintentionally that will hurt your feelings, attack your honor, and strike at your values. As a follower of Jesus, it is crucial that you learn how to manage the emotions that come with being offended for your protection, the relationship with those who offend you, and the glory of God.

In this article, I want to address what God’s Word says about being offended along with three important questions: What does being offended mean? Why are people easily offended? And how can I manage my emotions when offended? Continue reading

Sons of God & Nephilim

One of the most interesting and difficult passages to interpret is Genesis 6:1-8. Generally speaking it explains the reason why God brought the flood to wipe out mankind and the animals. It explains why the flood was necessary. This article will focus on the question, “Who are the sons of God” mentioned in verse 2? Before I get started let me make a couple of observations. Continue reading

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