God’s Word prepares you for God’s work

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Timothy 3 GOD’S WORD PREPARES YOU FOR GOD’S WORK All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17) God has a goal for […]

God’s Word is your firm foundation

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 24 GOD’S WORD IS YOUR FIRM FOUNDATION Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  (Matthew 24:35) There are many things in this world on which to build your life. You can build it on your achievements, always seeking one more win to validate […]

Bible Translations: KJV vs. NIV (pt1)

Is the NIV truly “Apostasy in print”? As a pastor, I often get questions about the Bible.  This is a good thing, of course, not only because people need a place to go with questions, but also because it gives me the chance to study topics and ideas I may not normally have the occasion […]

GRAPHIC – How Can I Study the Bible?

Do you ever find yourself reading the Bible, but not really “getting much out of it?” There are certainly lots of different ways to approach it, but these are some things I’ve found helpful to consider when I study.  Enjoy! – Pastor Phillip  

Sweeter than Honey

“What does he know that I don’t?” David, the writer of Psalm 119, says, “How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.” (Psalm 119:103) Granted, there are some nice things in the Bible, but really, “sweeter than honey?” Here’s what David understands that we often miss when we read the Scriptures.  ALL […]

Hidden Treasure, part 2

Why bother with the genealogies in the Bible? For most of us (myself included), it’s hard to really “get something” out of the long lists of names scattered throughout the Bible. However, with a little digging, you can find some pretty interesting things. For instance… Matthew 1:1-11 records the genealogy of Jesus Christ. I was […]

Engaging the Story

New years are new chapters in the stories of our lives. For me, the dawn of a new year is always an exciting time to look back and see what’s unfolded in the year gone by, and begin to plan and think and dream about what God may have for me in the one to […]

Outside the Camp

Jesus ruined everything. “The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp.  And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through His own blood.  Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, […]

Traitors and Tyrants

“Why do You idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?” -Habakkuk 1:13b Judas was a traitor, used of God to fulfill His purposes (John 17:12). What of him? Consider the pagan conqueror Cyrus, “whose right hand I [the LORD] have grasped, to subdue nations […]