Obedience

The Appropriate Response

What is the appropriate response to hearing and embracing the gospel? Sometimes we are told that all we need to do is repeat a prayer and raise our hand. But if this was indeed the way that we were intended to respond to the gospel then there’s no doubt that it would have been made clear right here in Scripture. However, Scripture provides a different answer concerning “What shall we do?”

Where's Your Bible?

Where's Your Bible?

In the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s reign in Judah, he initiates a project to renovate and repair the temple of the Lord. In the midst of this project, we are given a glimpse into the reality of how far the nation had fallen as we are told that the high priest "found the Book of the Law" during renovations to the temple in Jerusalem. What does it say about the people as a whole when their high priest stumbles upon the very book that he is supposed to be obeying and teaching to the people?

It Shall Not Be So Among You

It Shall Not Be So Among You

Three times in the last three chapters (8-10) of Mark's account Jesus teaches His followers about His impending suffering, and all three times His followers seem to be too concerned about their own status to even notice what He's saying. They were expecting Christ to establish an earthly kingdom, and therefore they were expecting great privileges as the appointed disciples of the soon-to-be King.

Clean Your Camp

Clean Your Camp

Sin among people and nations produces consequences for the entire people and nation. So many of us assume that our own sins are manageable within our own boundaries of control, but sin is almost never an isolated event that only produces consequences for an individual. Like a wildfire that spreads beyond our control, disobedience to God can bring widespread destruction and damage to those in its midst.

The Clear Concern

The Clear Concern

There seems to be a very basic principle within these last words spoken by Jesus to His disciples..... I ought not to concern myself with things that are beyond my understanding and simply focus on that which has been clearly understood. It is not for me to know when God is going to deliver on certain promises and why God does some things the way that He does. It is my concern to receive the power of God dwelling within me, the promised Holy Spirit, and to go be a witness of His gospel to everyone around me.