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How well do you know the Christmas story?
We have just added a new podcast called Four Steps to Better Bible Listening. I hope it encourages you because you don’t have to go to seminary to understand the Bible, but you do need a willing heart.
My course on Galatians is now online. For the last 15 years, I have been teaching Galatians at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York. This year they brought in a professional video team to record my lectures so they could create the first online course from the Bible Institute. The entire course (including class notes […]
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). I don’t know when I first heard that verse, but it must have been more than a half-century ago, when I was a young boy attending a Baptist church in Russellville, Alabama. Back then we had “Sword Drills,” a […]
No one becomes godly by accident. You can grow spiritually in 2016. You can become a better person. You can deepen your walk with God. You can change. You can deepen your faith next year, but you must be intentional about it. Here are ten steps you can take that will help you grow as […]
Chris Jacobsen and I answer questions submitted by the audience at Cannon Beach Conference Center, Cannon Beach, OR, on Friday, August 8, 2014. We discussed Bible translations, how to pray for the prodigals in your life, how the church should respond to cultural challenges to marriage, and what books we recommend for people with […]
What happened during the last week of Jesus’ life?
This is meant to test the image formatting options. In recent years answer # 1 has become increasingly popular. The people who say that everyone will eventually be saved point to the grace and mercy of God, which they believe will ultimately triumph in the end, guaranteeing that even those who reject Christ in this […]
After I preached last night, a young man from the Bible Institute said he wanted to ask me some questions.
Let’s do some Bible listening in 2013.
This morning I give the final two lectures on the book of Galatians. I started this journey on Tuesday morning with 300 very eager students at Word of Life Bible Institute in Pottersville, New York. I’ve been teaching Galatians for ten years, and each time I face the same challenge. Even though Galatians is amazingly contemporary, I have sp...
12. The Next StepFebruary 13, 2012
“When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to” (Acts 16:7).Acts 16:6 10 contains several mysteries and much useful information concerning God’s will. The mysteries revolve around two divine refusals experienced by the apostle Paul and his company. At two defin...
Lately Marlene and I have started a new adventure in daily Bible listening. That’s right. Daily Bible listening.For a long time if you wanted to listen to the Bible, you had to buy a big set of CDs or DVDs. With the advent of smartphone apps, you can now listen to the whole Bible, read alone or read dramatically with music in the background.&...
Today is December 24. This is Christmas Eve, the day before Christmas. But is this really the day before Jesus was born in Bethlehem? Each year the question comes up and each year the answer is the same: We can’t be sure. The Bible does not clearly answer this question. Evidently the first Christians didn’t make a point of celebrating t...
This morning I finish teaching the book of Daniel to the students at Word of Life Bible Institute in Hudson, Florida. Since this is my fourth year to teach this one-week course, I’ve gotten a bit of rhythm in my teaching. Each year we start off strong with the story of Daniel and his friends courteously but firmly refusing to eat the food at ...
Word of Life Florida Hudson, Florida I’m writing this note, hurriedly, with about 30 minutes left before it’s time to leave for the airport. In a few minutes Stu Page will pick me up and I’ll start my journey home.Earlier today I gave my final two lectures on James to the 170 students at Word of Life Bible Institute, Florida c...
For the last several weeks I’ve been immersed in the little book of James in preparation for teaching it next week at Word of Life Bible Institute in Florida. It’s been a new adventure for me since I last taught the book on Wednesday nights in the Pastor’s Class that met in the Dining Room at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Pa...
This question comes from a strange incident in Exodus 4:24-26.At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. So the LORD let him alone. (At that ti...
During the five Wednesday nights in June I will be teaching an evening series called “Why Christianity Makes Sense” at Lifeline Fellowship in Tupelo. The church is located at 100 Parkgate Drive in Tupelo. Each session begins at 7 PM. I will introduce the topic and then we will have an open question and answer time. We’re focusing ...
If have an iPhone or an Android, here are two highly recommended Bible apps. Both are free:YouVersion This app was put together by LifeChurch.TV. Besides offering a huge selection of Bible versions, it has the largest collection of Bible reading plans I’ve ever seen. Clearly the people who put this app together want you to read your Bible. Th...
A few months ago I got a call from Broadman and Holman Publishers asking if they could use my book on Elijah as part of their Masterwork adult Sunday School curriculum. I told them it was fine with me, and that was the last I heard of it until a few days ago when I got an email from a pastor saying that his church was going to be going through the ...
Did you ever wonder who sort of home Jesus grew up in?Take a good look at that picture because it’s the best answer we have. Today Israeli archeologists reported on the discovery of the first-ever “Jesus era” home found in Nazareth. “The building that we found is small and modest and it is most likely typical of the dwe...
Several days ago I received an email asking about Hebrews 10:26, the last (and strongest) of the “warning passages” in Hebrews. It happens that the writer is a soldier serving in Afghanistan. Here is how he put his question:One of the guys on my team and myself started a Bible study. We are actually talking about salvation. We also brou...
A few years ago I wrote a book on the Lord’s Prayer called “And When You Pray.” When I finished writing it, I came away deeply impressed with how profound this little prayer is. If someone asks, “What does Christian prayer look like?” the answer is, “It looks like the Lord’s Prayer.” Everything that i...
I was asked recently about Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 that there are times when we should not even eat with a sinning believer:I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case yo...
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