Why people flocked to John

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Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were flocking to [John], and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.  (Matthew 3:5-6) Why did people flock to John?  Some came out of curiosity, to be sure, perhaps even many or most of them.  Yet, even […]

Jesus’ second ministry: the WORD (Luke 5:1)

As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret.  (Luke 5:1) People came for the miracles, but they stayed for the message.  They were drawn in by the wonders, but they were hungry for the word. Credibility and interest can be built by the supernatural power […]

Should Women Be Allowed to Preach?

I love getting “theological” questions because it gives me a chance to dig into subjects that I don’t always have occasion to explore.  If you like that sort of thing, welcome to “Theology Thursdays!”  If not, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. — Pastor Phillip QUESTION: My cousin was asking about 1 Timothy 2:8-12 because it makes […]

When I Preach

What makes a good sermon? Ask ten people and you’ll probably get twelve opinions, but as for me, I try to ask myself these four questions when I preach a message. Is it PERSONAL? Why would I want to hear someone tell me about my problems or possibilities without admitting to any of theirs? Why […]

God’s Words

Ever feel like you just don’t have the words you need? For He [Jesus] is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives Him the Spirit without limit.” -John the Baptist (John 3:34) If we seek to speak the words of God, whether in preaching, counsel or testimony, we must be empowered by […]