Jesus was in Capernaum, a city on the Sea of Galilee he called home.
When Jesus was in Capernaum the people usually acted as if he was nothing special. After all, wasn’t he the son of Joseph? Didn’t they know him (John 6:42)?
On this occasion, many of the people of Capernaum were waiting for Jesus (Luke 8:40) and they were excited to see him.
There are two others waiting for Jesus. Continue reading “Two examples of faith”
Grace presents us with one great demand.
I know it seems strange to see the words “demand” and “grace” in the same sentence. Usually we view grace as the means by which we gain acceptance by God without carrying out works of the law. After all, as Paul reminds us, by “works of the law no one will be justified” (Galatians 2:16).
Many try to earn their salvation. Continue reading “Grace’s one great demand”
Sadly, we argue and divide over the proper understanding of grace to the detriment of the Lord’s work. Instead, we should see it from God’s perspective, so we can move past our human frailties. Continue reading “Grace simplified from God’s perspective”
“If we are saved by grace, how can Paul write about Christians being worthy? This sounds like works salvation.” A sincere elderly lady raised this line of reasoning as we studied 2 Thessalonians.
Scripture affirms no one is worthy. And yet, at other places explicit statements expect Christians to be worthy. How can this be?
Continue reading “Never worthy, yet worthiness expected”
The New Testament is very clear on the necessity of baptism in salvation. Yet, no matter how hard we try, people refuse to see the simple words on the page. Instead of digging deep to discover why, we dismiss them with insults and hurt the work of the Lord. Continue reading “Why won’t people accept the truth on baptism?”
One of the most difficult passages for some people to comprehend in the Bible is when God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. I can remember studying with various people over the years and this incident be brought up to try and show that there is something wrong with a God who would ask that you sacrifice your only son. I would suggest that if this is all we take from this scripture, that we have missed what is going on. Continue reading “Faith and works”
Be encouraging, but speak the truth in love. Continue reading Unhelpful platitudes
We will decide the ultimate fate… Continue reading The verdict
Human fascination with the end of the world remains strong. One day as Jesus walked with his disciples through Jerusalem, he spilled the beans about the end. Not only did he describe the final day, but he gave his disciples … Continue reading Ensuring our heavenly welcome