The Sermon on the Mount

Jesus came as a teacher. He was known as a teacher. He devoted himself to teaching the truth of the word of God. It was of central importance to him. His teaching amazed the people of his day and had a profound impact on their lives. It has had the same impact on people downContinue reading “The Sermon on the Mount”

The Sweet Gift of Prayer

There is a difference between having a prayer life and living a praying life. Many of the biblical saints and many of the saints throughout the history of the church have lived such a praying life. Those who find praying a necessity for living are the ones who live a praying life. They’re not alwaysContinue reading “The Sweet Gift of Prayer”

Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Seven – Meditating on Scripture

The seventh, and final key to unlock the treasure of the Bible brings together all the other keys to fulfill their purpose, namely, reading the Bible. The keys only unlock the treasure of the Bible as we actually read the Bible with each key in mind. The Bible is a book; books are meant toContinue reading “Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Seven – Meditating on Scripture”

Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Six – The Plan of God

We humans have the capacity to make plans. Sometimes our plans work out just as we planned, but at other times they fall through. We may have to adjust our plans or just give up on them altogether. The problem is exacerbated in that our plans frequently collide with the plans of other people. LifeContinue reading “Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Six – The Plan of God”

Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Five – The Layout of the Bible

The Bible is one book with one main message and one basic storyline, and at the same time a library of 66 books written by about 40 authors over approximately 1500 years. The Bible is a beautiful book. But it is not a random collection of books. It is an orderly and purposeful collection. MostContinue reading “Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Five – The Layout of the Bible”

Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Four – The Kingdom of God

The Bible is a big complex book. There is no doubt about it. People struggle to understand it. They find it hard to put all the pieces together. The Bible can seem like a thousand piece puzzle spread on the table before us. Struggle as we may we just can’t seem to make all theContinue reading “Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Four – The Kingdom of God”

Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Three – The Covenants

This is the third installment in a series of seven articles called, “Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible.” There can hardly be a greater endeavor in all of life than to do the work of unlocking the amazing treasures found in the Bible, God’s word. These keys are critical to help usContinue reading “Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Three – The Covenants”

Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Two – The Bible as Story

People love a story. Stories excite our imaginations and move our hearts. Children of all ages love to hear and read stories. I think the reason people resonate so much with stories is that we want to make sense of the world and our lives. Stories do that for us. The Bible itself is aContinue reading “Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key Two – The Bible as Story”

Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key One – The Message of the Bible

The Bible is the all time best selling book. Nothing else comes close. It might also be the least read book. Various studies and reports have been published bemoaning the lack of biblical literacy. While a large majority of American homes own a Bible and many believe it is inspired, only a small percentage readContinue reading “Seven Keys to Unlock the Treasure of the Bible: Key One – The Message of the Bible”

The Book of 1 John

The writings of John the Apostle (The Gospel of John, 1,2,3 John and Revelation) are, on the one hand, simple in vocabulary, but on the other hand, they are complex and deep theologically, and profound and transformative spiritually. Because of this it is easy to miss their powerful meaning. The first letter of John isContinue reading “The Book of 1 John”